Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 26, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 26, 2019.

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No bills were intoduced in the House today.

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 26th 2019

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Licensing board offering free cultural competency training sessions

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The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is excited to announce that it will be hosting a series of cultural competency trainings throughout Minnesota beginning in May 2019.

In partnership with several individuals and groups, PELSB designed the training sessions to meet the requirements needed to renew a Minnesota tiered teaching license.

The trainings, which will consist of two four-hour sessions, will be led by trained facilitators at 10 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota.

The benefits of completing a PELSB-approved cultural competency training include:

  • Opportunities to engage in self-reflection on your own cultural frames of reference and the impact they have on the relationships with your students, their families, and the school community.
  • The ability to connect with colleagues to discuss the creation of a supportive classroom and school environment for the diverse population of students, teachers, administrators, and staff who you work with on a daily basis.
  • Completion of free training sessions, totaling eight clock hours, that include all necessary elements of the cultural competency training requirement needed to renew a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, or Tier 4 license.

PELSB and its host partners are offering these sessions free of charge for Minnesota teachers. However, preference will be given to teachers who need to renew a Tier 1 license because the training is necessary for Tier 1 license renewals in 2019. Cultural competency training will be required for all teachers renewing a license in 2020 or after.

A full list of upcoming training dates and registration details are available on the PELSB website.

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 25, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 25, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 25th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 25th 2019

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Busy education committee week includes Labor Day start bill

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There are a number of education bills on tap this week in St. Paul. Among them is SF 918, which would allow school districts to being the school year before Labor Day. The Labor Day start bill is scheduled to be heard 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee.

Other bills of note this week include HF 882, which would link future increases to the general education basic funding formula to inflation, and HF 824, aka the Increase Teachers of Color Act.

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.)


Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)

The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 1260 (Surplus computers disposition school board options expansion)
  • SF 929 (High school league eligibility review process; proposed eligibility bylaws, policies, and procedures public input and access; reporting)
  • SF 1297 (Textbook definition modification)
  • SF 773 (Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Museum grant appropriation)
  • SF 1341 (Minnesota Children’s Museum grants appropriations)
  • SF 918 (School year start before Labor Day authorization)
  • SF 2212 (Flexible learning year programs implementation by school boards without approval by education commissioner authorization)
  • SF 1957 (School safety facility grants appropriation)
  • SF 1993 (Eastern Carver County Schools transportation hub lease levy authorization)
  • SF 629 (Sunscreen at school possession and use authorization)
  • SF 1745 (Black Men Teach Twin Cities grants appropriation)
  • SF 1427 (School breakfast aids provisions modifications and appropriation)
  • SF 1899 (STEM grant program establishment and appropriation)
  • SF 735 (Teacher code of ethics statutory codification and rule repeal; school district ethics complaints procedures requirement)
  • SF 2180 (Early childhood program eligibility modification)
  • SF 2327 (Robbinsdale Area School District: postemployment benefits irrevocable trust fund to general fund transfer authorization)

3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 793 (Firearms safety, archery, hunting and angling inclusion in school physical education courses grant program establishment and appropriation)
  • SF 709 (Student performance data collection modification)
  • SF 2140 (Minnesota State Academies rental income proceeds deposit modification)
  • SF 2158 (United Way of Central Minnesota grant appropriation for Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota)
  • SF 2165 (Section 7 of the bill, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment)
  • SF 33 (Kindergarten readiness assessment requirement)
  • SF 493 (Rice County Nerstrand charter school admission lottery modification)
  • SF 2439 (Educational stability for students living in foster care appropriation)
  • SF 822 (Collaborative urban educator program appropriation and reporting)
  • SF 2519 (School safety enhancements long-term facilities maintenance revenue authorization)
  • SF 2030 (Career and technical education instructors license exemption modification)
  • SF 1198 (Duluth School District: special education base adjustment; special education formulas modification and appropriations)

House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes:

  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ overview of “Issues of Disparities Based on Race and Disability Status in School Discipline”
  • School districts present their work on decreasing suspensions in schools
  • EdAllies, PACER and Solutions Not Suspensions coalition bring parents to share their stories

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 824 (Increase Teachers of Color Act funding provided, seeking to double American Indian teacher and teachers of color, reports required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 16 (Small school revenue calculation modified)
  • HF 1148 (Energy conservation revolving loan fund established in schools, and money appropriated)
  • HF 566 (School safety assessment teams required, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 882 (General education basic formula allowance increased by three percentage points per year, general education basic formula allowance future increases linked to rate of inflation, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1190 (Concurrent enrollment program fully funded, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1969 (STEM grant program created, report required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 2110 (Long-term facilities revenue maximum amount modified for school districts with adjusted square footage)
  • HF 2325 (Adult basic education aid calculation modified, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1979 (Lakes Country Service Cooperative federal instructional level 4 program grant authorized, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1980 (Long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies allowed use clarified, and school districts that are cooperative unit members lease levy authority increased)
  • HF 1204 (School sexual harassment and sex discrimination laws compliance required, training required, and money appropriated)

5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 10)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 2259, pending referral (Breckenridge School District: postsecondary enrollment options with higher education institution agreement allowed)
  • HF 2046 (Hopkins School District: International Spanish Language Academy program combining authorized, and levy authorized)
  • HF 1052 (Students with interrupted formal education participation in early middle college program for one additional year made permanent)
  • HF 2039 (Trauma-informed school incentive aid funding provided, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1056 (Education partnership program modified, future grant priority established, and money appropriated)
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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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