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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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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