MSBA members advocate for schools at Joint Legislative Conference

Sixty MSBA members (school board members and superintendents) attended Thursday’s Joint Legislative Conference in St. Paul to learn about education issues and to advocate at the state Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk updated Joint Legislative Conference attendees on what Senate DFLers have planned for the remainder of the session.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk updated Joint Legislative Conference attendees on what Senate DFLers have planned for the remainder of the session.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) welcome Gov. Mark Dayton to the stage.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) welcome Gov. Mark Dayton to the stage.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) greets Gov. Mark Dayton.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) greets Gov. Mark Dayton.

Gov. Mark Dayton told school board members and other local government leaders what to expect in the months ahead.

Gov. Mark Dayton told school board members and other local government leaders what to expect in the months ahead.

Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt told attendees explained the House Republicans' vision and goals for the rest of the legislative session.

Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt told attendees explained the House Republicans’ vision and goals for the rest of the legislative session.

The conference included appearances by Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.

Sixty MSBA members attending Thursday's Joint Legislative Conference.

Sixty MSBA members attending Thursday’s Joint Legislative Conference.

MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind thanked members for their service and for attending the Joint Legislative Conference.

MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind thanked members for their service and for attending the Joint Legislative Conference.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) welcome Gov. Mark Dayton to the stage.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) welcome Gov. Mark Dayton to the stage.

MSBA lobbyists Denise Dittrich (left) and Grace Keliher updated members on key issues during a breakout session. Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Advocacy/JLC-2015-MSBA-Breakout.pdf to view a copy of this presentation.

MSBA lobbyists Denise Dittrich (left) and Grace Keliher updated members on key issues during a breakout session. Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Advocacy/JLC-2015-MSBA-Breakout.pdf to view a copy of this presentation.

During MSBA’s breakout session, MSBA’s Government Relations team (Grace Keliher, Denise Dittrich and Snezhana Bessonov) updated MSBA members on key legislative issues. Please click here to view a copy of this presentation.

MSBA Board Director Deb Pauly (Jordan) tells members about discussing school lunch and nutrition issues with federal legislators during her recent advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

MSBA Board Director Deb Pauly (Jordan) tells members about discussing school lunch and nutrition issues with federal legislators during her recent advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) updates his school board colleagues on his recent trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with federal legislators to advocate for public education.

MSBA Past President Walter Hautala (Mesabi East) updates his school board colleagues on his recent trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with federal legislators to advocate for public education.

MSBA Board Director Kathy Green (Austin) talked about advocating for ESEA (aka NCLB) reauthorization during her recent trip to Washington, D.C.

MSBA Board Director Kathy Green (Austin) talked about advocating for ESEA (aka NCLB) reauthorization during her recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Members of the MSBA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (Walter Hautala, Deb Pauly and Kathy Green) also provided updates regarding their recent advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

Tom Melcher (School Finance Director for the Minnesota Department of Education) presented "School Facilities Financing Working Group: Summary of Report and Recommendations" to MSBA members. You can view a copy of his presentation at http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Advocacy/JLC-2015-SchoolFacilities.pdf.

Tom Melcher (School Finance Director for the Minnesota Department of Education) presented “School Facilities Financing Working Group: Summary of Report and Recommendations” to MSBA members. You can view a copy of his presentation at http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Advocacy/JLC-2015-SchoolFacilities.pdf.

Rep. Kim Norton discussed school capital facilities and the school start date bill.

Rep. Kim Norton discussed school capital facilities and the school start date bill.

MSBA's Snezhana Bessonov praised Tom Melcher for his review of school capital facilities and lauded Rep. Kim Norton for her work on the school start issue.

MSBA’s Snezhana Bessonov praised Tom Melcher for his review of school capital facilities and lauded Rep. Kim Norton for her work on the school start issue.

Tom Melcher (Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Director) and Rep. Kim Norton made a presentation on recommendations made by the School Facilities Financing Working Group. Click here to view of copy of Melcher’s presentation.

Aaron VandeLinde (School Trust Land Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) presented on update on the School Trust Lands.

Aaron Vande Linde (School Trust Land Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) presented on update on the School Trust Lands.

Rep. Tim O'Driscoll points to MSBA's Denise Dittrich (out of frame) for her work on the School Trust Lands during her previous tenure as a state representative. O'Driscoll has also been a strong advocate of the School Trust Lands.

Rep. Tim O’Driscoll points to MSBA’s Denise Dittrich (out of frame) for her work on the School Trust Lands during her previous tenure as a state representative. O’Driscoll has also been a strong advocate of the School Trust Lands.

Members were also updated on School Trust Lands by Aaron Vande Linde (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources School Trust Land Administrator) and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll. Click here for a copy of Vande Linde’s presentation.

Minnesota school board members met with Sen. John Hoffman. Hoffman, himself a former Anoka-Hennepin School Board member, is the author of a bill (SF 163) that would add an increase of $300 per pupil to the education funding formula in fiscal year 2016.

Minnesota school board members met with Sen. John Hoffman. Hoffman, himself a former Anoka-Hennepin School Board member, is the author of a bill (SF 163) that would add an increase of $300 per pupil to the education funding formula in fiscal year 2016.

School board members met with Sen. Terri Bonoff. Bonoff is the author of a bill (SF 97) that would end the "last in, first out" (LIFO) approach to the teacher layoff process.

School board members met with Sen. Terri Bonoff. Bonoff is the author of a bill (SF 97) that would end the “last in, first out” (LIFO) approach to the teacher layoff process.

Following the conference, a number of school board members visited Sen. John Hoffman (author of SF 163, bill that would increase education funding) and Sen. Terri Bonoff (author of SF 97, a bill that would end the “last in, first out” method of teacher layoffs).

Political reporters Briana Bierschbach (left, MinnPost) and Rachel Stassen-Berger (center, St. Paul Pioneer Press) discussed political issues during a media panel.

Political reporters Briana Bierschbach (left, MinnPost) and Rachel Stassen-Berger (center, St. Paul Pioneer Press) discussed political issues during a media panel.

The ceiling in the House chambers.

The ceiling in the House chambers.

Minnesota House of Representatives debated Rep. Jenifer Loon's teacher licensure bill (HF 2) Thursday. The House passed the bill 70-63.

Minnesota House of Representatives debated Rep. Jenifer Loon’s teacher licensure bill (HF 2) Thursday. The House passed the bill 70-63.

 

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