Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 21, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 21, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 21st 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 21st 2019

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 20, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 20, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 20th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 20th 2019

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Session Daily: House passes amended snow day forgiveness bill; sends bill back to Senate

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By Rachel Kats, Session Daily

A historically cold and snowy winter led many school districts to call off class on several occasions, and now they’re scrambling to make up those missed instructional days.

In an effort to alleviate that burden, the House passed snow day forgiveness legislation 105-21 late Monday.

Sponsored by Rep. Shelly Christensen (DFL-Stillwater), HF 1982/SF 1743, as amended to include the House language, would allow school districts to count three canceled days in late January during the 2018-19 school year as regular school days.

The bill now heads back to the Senate, which passed its version 61-2 on March 7.

Students and staff are currently making up days, planning to convene on holidays or extending classes later into June. Even with that, district officials have said it may not be enough, and they could face potential funding cuts for not meeting the state requirement of 165 instructional days.

The bill would also require that hourly school district staff, including food service workers, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers and pre-kindergarten teachers either be compensated for the missed hours, or allowed to make up the time.

An amendment successfully offered by Rep. Tony Jurgens (R-Cottage Grove) would ensure companies that contract with districts, such as private bus companies, compensate their employees for missed time.

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 18, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 18, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 18th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 18th 2019

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Minnesota House to take action on snow days bill

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The Minnesota House of Representatives is scheduled today to discuss SF 1743, which would modify the instruction days and hours calculation for student affected by snow days during the 2018-2019 school year. Access the current version of the bill’s language.

The Minnesota Senate approved SF 1743 earlier this month on a 61-2 vote.

The bill is slated to be heard on the House floor sometime after 3:30 p.m. today (Monday, March 18). Visit the House website to access a webcast of this House floor session.

In other highlights this week, the House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division is scheduled to consider bills related to special education funding on Tuesday, March 19. Also, the Senate E-12 Education and Policy Committee is slated to look at a bill Wednesday, March 20, concerning the Permanent School Fund.

See this week’s education committee schedules listed below. (Note: These schedules and agendas are subject to change. Check the committee websites for updates and to access any available documents.)


House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1369 (Public schools required to maintain monthly utility consumption data)
  • HF 2259 (Breckenridge School District: postsecondary enrollment options with higher education institution agreement allowed)

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 194 (Special education funding increased for school districts, tuition bill backs to resident school districts reduced, and local optional revenue and operating referendum revenue added to general education revenue for charter schools)
  • HF 1162 (Special education funding increased)
  • HF 1879 (Unreimbursed special education costs state fund created, report required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1025 (Forecasted positive general fund balances required to be allocated to restore special education aid payment percentage)
  • HF 1879 (Unreimbursed special education costs state fund created, report required, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1207 (Duluth School District: special education formulas modified, fiscal year 2016 base adjusted, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1559 (Paraprofessionals paid orientation required, paraprofessional training funding provided, and money appropriated)
  • HF 814 (School-linked mental health grants modified, report required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 732 (School-linked mental health grants funding provided, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 692 (Pupils enrolled in career and technical education courses extended time use expanded)
  • HF 73 (Pupils enrolled in career and technical education courses extended time use expanded)
  • HF 246 (Vocational enrichment program established, and money appropriated)

House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
9 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 10)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1685 (Child care substitute providing care time increased)
  • HF 1924 (Family child care emergency preparedness plan requirements modified)
  • HF 1925 (Department of Human Services licensing provisions modified)
  • HF 1926 (Child care; individuals exempted from training and background studies)
  • HF 2047 (County licensors required to seek clarification from Department of Human Services before correction order issuance)
  • HF 2048 (Child care training timelines clarified and extended)
  • HF 2049 (Child care training requirements clarified)

8 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 2420 (Child care site assistance funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 910 (Newborn hearing screening advisory committee expiration date extended)
  • HF 2474 (Child care economic grant program created, and money appropriated)
  • HF 2463 (Early childhood, child care, and family support program eligibility, participation, and requirements modified)
  • HF 2201 (St. Paul: creating college savings accounts at birth grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 2195 (Early care and education program requirements governed including quality rating and improvement system, implementation outreach, universal identified requirements, and data practices evaluation; early care and education coordination task force established; technical changes made; and money appropriated)
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Budget Bill

Senate E-12 Education and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 2347 (Prekindergarten to grade 12 education budget appropriations)
  • SF 1270 (Alternative teacher preparation program grant eligibility modification and appropriation.
  • SF 1820 (Alternative teacher compensation aid increase; program waiting list and program aid proration elimination; appropriating money.
  • SF 1625 (Hopkins School District: fund transfer)
  • SF 1787 (Postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO) information availability to students deadline modification; postsecondary enrollment in online courses requirements modification; transportation aid for pupils enrolled in postsecondary enrollment options calculation modification)
  • SF 2116 (Prekindergarten through grade 12 education provisions modifications)

3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 355 (Mental health education instruction requirements modification)
  • SF 2139 (Education shared time aid applicable location of services modification)
  • SF 546 (Sanneh Foundation grant)
  • SF 1647 (Parent-child home program appropriation)
  • SF 939 (Education partnership program modification and appropriation)
  • SF 1772 (Specialized instructional services program alternative delivery student participation modification)
  • SF 1273 (Permanent School Fund compensation appropriation for certain lands based on general fund forecast)
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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 14, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 14th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 14th 2019

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Session Daily: House committee approves omnibus E-12 education policy bill

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By Rachel Kats, Session Daily

The omnibus E-12 education policy bill, HF 1711, is a compilation of 25 bills sponsored by DFL lawmakers, 10 bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers, provisions from Gov. Tim Walz’s education policy proposal and a handful of amendments.

The bill was approved as amended by the House Education Policy Committee Thursday and now heads to the House Ways and Means Committee. Listing the components of bill, Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), the committee chair and bill sponsor, explained that her goal was to find balance.

“Not everyone is going to love everything in this bill, but I’m sure everyone can find something they will like,” she said.

Prior to approval, the committee took up several amendments, including one proposed by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) that would have created a legislative working group to review special education delivery and costs.

Gruenhagen said his motivation is to better understand why the United States has a higher percentage of children who are diagnosed with, and medically treated for, mental illness than other countries.

“We’ve got to get a handle on it,” he said. “When you label and drug these kids it’s almost like branding them, I really believe it’s a form of child abuse.”

While the amendment was not adopted, Youakim said she appreciated the intent, and supported a comprehensive approach to looking into the topic of special education delivery and costs. She also alluded to an initiative of Walz’s that will likely be addressing it.

Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) recognized that there were “many good policies” in the proposal but expressed disappointment over provisions that would “start to gut” the tiered licensure system that had been developed, enacted and implemented under her leadership as the previous committee chair.

“That’s very concerning to me,” she said. “We have been so collegial over the years as chairs not to touch a chair’s major reform, at least not in the first year.”

Erickson said she hopes to continue to work on the bill as it moves through the process to ensure the tiered licensure system stays in place as is. “Maybe there will be some clinkers that we need to look at in a couple of years or three years, but this is not the time.”

Rep. Peggy Bennett (R-Albert Lea) also opposes the bill, sharing similar remarks regarding the proposed changes to the teacher licensure system, as well as concerns over additional mandates placed on schools and districts. However, she added that she appreciated the “friendly atmosphere” of the committee this session and the open dialog.

Youakim concluded by saying the “bill still has a long way to go. … We’re going to continue to have these discussions, and I do appreciate all the thoughtful and respectfulness we’ve had around the discussions this session.”

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