Today is the first of MSBA’s weekly session recaps. We will be sharing notes from the week’s committee and floor sessions, as well as bill introductions.
Monday’s Senate Education Committee heard testimony from more than 25 associations and groups across Minnesota. All of the groups are considered education advocates for everything from parents to school counselors to business managers to principals and superintendents.
On the heels of last Friday’s less-than-desired forecast announcement, Chair Chuck Wiger asked testifiers to share their organization’s No. 1 priority and the cost associated with it. Teacher development and evaluation (TDE) was cited overwhelmingly as a priority. Encompassed in TDE are components of recruiting, retention and licensing issues. Most testifiers argued part of the solution would be implementing the Q Comp program statewide.
Special education and mental health were also at the top of the list of those who testified. “Public schools have become the front line for mental health issues,” said John Christiansen, superintendent of Intermediate School District 917.
MSBA’s Grace Keliher testified that 1% on the per pupil formula was our top priority and 2nd is Teacher Shortage Act.
The 2016 legislative session begins noon Tuesday, March 8. The Minnesota House of Representatives had an early, one-day introduction of bills. Click on the links below for bills of interest: