Week 6 April 11-15
A Glance at the Week
The Senate Education Finance Omnibus bill was released on Wednesday with an increase in education target. Amendments were heard on Thursday.
Minnesota Department of Education held the second of several Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Topic Sessions. Learn more about the discussion on School Improvement.
The House Education Finance Committee released its Omnibus bill on Tuesday with education getting some funding.
The House State Government Finance committee met late into the evening Thursday. One item of interest to school boards was the school districts group health insurance coverage provisions. The delete-everything amendment (H3168DE) removes the requirement that school districts request a proposal from the public employee insurance program (PEIP) and allows school districts to have health insurance contracts up to five years in length (four years for a service cooperative). Click here to see our previous blog on HITA.
The Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division went through their appropriations bill on Wednesday as well.
A Look Ahead
- Monday, join us at 11AM for Monday Morning Coffee for the latest news from the Capitol.
- ESSA Topic: Early Learning- April 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – CCB, Room 15
- ESSA Topic: English Learners – April 18 – 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. – CCB, Room 16
- On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Taxes will hear a bill on referendum equalization
Policy issues have now moved and the focus now shifts to taxes and finances. Education issues will be present in both of these areas and we will be attending hearings and will blog results here in Capitol Connections.