MSBA Delegate Assembly OKs new round of legislative resolutions

The 2016 MSBA Delegate Assembly approved 16 new legislative resolutions Saturday, December 3, in Minneapolis. These new legislative resolutions will be added to MSBA’s Legislative Policies and help form MSBA’s platform for the 2017 legislative session and beyond.

More than 120 school board member Delegates debated and voted on 24 resolutions submitted by the MSBA membership. MSBA would like to thank the Delegates for their commitment to public schools via their participation this weekend!

Please see the results listed below.

Resolution 1: Fully Fund Telecommunications/Internet Access Aid
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to permanently and fully fund the Telecommunications/Internet Access Aid Program.
(Submitted by the East Central School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 105-13

Resolution 2: Increase General Education Funding Formula for Inflation
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to direct the governor and commissioner to provide adequate regular program funding by increasing the basic formula allowance for FY2017 by $626 to the inflation adjusted allowance of $6,693.
(Submitted by the North Branch Area School Board)
RESOLUTION WITHDRAWN

Resolution 3: Reinstate the MSHSL Sales Tax Exemption
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to fund an amount equal to the savings from the sales tax exemption for admissions to all MSHSL events in order to fund scholarships for activity fees. The one-time aid would fund two years of charity scholarships until the sale tax exemption could replenish the scholarship fund.
(Submitted by the North Branch School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 109-11

Resolution 4: Increase State Funding for Special Education by 25 Percent to Reduce the Cross-Subsidy
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to support the 2016 legislative platform to stabilize education funding by reducing the special education cross-subsidy by 25 percent.
(Submitted by the Lakeville Area School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 116-4

Resolution 5: Create a Funding Source for School Districts to Support Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to create a source of funding for school districts to create innovative new programs to help in closing the achievement gap and improve learning for all students.
(Submitted by the Mahtomedi Public School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 78-41

Resolution 6: Create a Separate Funding Stream for High School College Credit Programs
Be it resolved that, MSBA urges the Legislature to create a new funding stream for Advanced Placement, College in the Schools, PSEO, and postsecondary programs for high school students.
(Submitted by the Faribault School Board)
RESOLUTION FAILED 61-57

Resolution 7: Expand and Equalize the Lease Levy for Leased Classroom Space Related to Leased Renewable Energy Equipment
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to expand the use of the lease levy to include the installation of alternative forms of renewable energy and equalize the lease levy.
(Submitted by the New London-Spicer School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 95-21

Resolution 8: Increase Equalization for Operating Referendum, Debt Service, and Local Optional Levy, and Tie to Inflation
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to increase the equalization factor for the operating referendum, debt service levies, and also for the school board approved local optional levy to address inequities among property taxpayers from one school district to another. Tie equalization factors to inflation so they maintain their value over time.
(Submitted by the South St. Paul, Mahtomedi, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Prior Lake-Savage Area, South Washington County, Anoka-Hennepin, Farmington Area, Columbia Heights, Lakeville Area, and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school boards)
RESOLUTION PASSED 110-9

Resolution 9: Expand the 18 Online Program to Other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for Concurrent Enrollment High School Teachers
Be it resolved, that MSBA requests the Minnesota Legislature to fund other Minnesota state colleges and universities to replicate 18 Online for statewide access by dual credit concurrent enrollment high school teachers.
(Submitted by the Park Rapids Area School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 105-9

Resolution 10: Create a Concurrent Enrollment Task Force to Study and Report on Tested Experience and Associated Fees
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to request the MnSCU Board of Trustees to appoint a system-level task force, consisting of trustees and the chancellor, to meet with representatives of statewide K-12 organizations and the MDE and have state system-level conversations regarding tested experience and fees in regard to concurrent enrollment.
(Submitted by the Park Rapids Area School Board)
RESOLUTION FAILED 98-18

Resolution 11: Request a Congressional Hearing to Review HLC Policies for Concurrent Enrollment Certification
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Lgislature to ask for congressional hearings into the Higher Learning Commission and how such a non-elected body can make such a series of unilateral decisions with such negative consequences for college affordability, college attainment and completion especially for first generation college attendees, and for workforce development.
(Submitted by the Park Rapids Area School Board)
RESOLUTION FAILED 85-33

Resolution 12: Exempt School Districts from PELRA Requirements in Regard to Increased General Education Revenue
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to allow school districts to write their own policy pertaining to bargaining and not violate PELRA law. Allow districts to bargain only with the increase given by the state to the schools general fund.
(Submitted by the Hopkins School Board)
RESOLUTION WITHDRAWN

Resolution 13: Clarify Open Enrollment of Students must be for Academic Reasons
Be it resolved that MSBA urges the Legislature to: amend M.S. 124D.03 (Enrollment Options Program) to include language that open enrollment should be for academic reasons. Open enrollment for other reasons could still be accepted by the nonresident district, but at the expense of the student’s family. The nonresident district would not receive any state aid. The nonresident, serving district would need to tuition bill the family. There should be a process in which both the resident and nonresident district administration are engaged in a dialogue with the family before the nonresident district approves.
(Submitted by the Kingsland School Board)
RESOLUTION FAILED (NO MOTION)

Resolution 14: Allow School Districts with a Combined Total of Over 50 Percent of Their Students on Free/Reduced Lunch and Students of Color to Determine Their Own School Start Date
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to allow for flexibility in setting a school calendar when a school district has a majority of student groups not meeting proficiency according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.
(Submitted by the Hopkins School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 68-53

Resolution 15: Consolidate Teacher Licensure Activities
Be it resolved that MSBA urges the Legislature to consolidate all teacher licensure activities into one state entity.

(Submitted by the MSBA Board of Directors)
RESOLUTION PASSED 111-7

Resolution 16: Teacher Shortage
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to support policies that will help attract and retain teachers with greater emphasis on:
• Continuing to increase incentives to teachers in areas of shortage;
• Hiring staff that reflects the diverse student populations;
• Reducing barriers to the teacher licensure process;
• Streamlining and simplifying the teacher licensure process;
• Providing alternative licensure pathways to career and technical experts;
• Retaining existing teachers through mentorship and training;
• Supporting locally developed, research based, programs to recruit, train, and develop potential staff in areas difficult to fill; and
• Increasing education funding to provide competitive compensation packages.
(Submitted by the MSBA Board of Directors)
RESOLUTION PASSED 114-3

Resolution 17: New Innovation Zones Flexibility and Funding
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to create a new Innovation Zone law that provides districts wanting to try new and different models of schooling significant flexibility from state laws and rules to launch a new era of innovation in Minnesota. An appropriation is needed to assist select sites and the state to engage in quality research of new and different models of schools, personalization of instruction, useful assessment, partnerships with organizations anywhere in the world, greater engagement from families and local organizations, expanded business partnerships, flexibility over the use of current revenue, and improved accountability designs.
(Submitted by the Bloomington, Hopkins, Lakeville Area, North Branch Area and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school boards)
RESOLUTION PASSED 96-19

Resolution 18: Create a Funding Mechanism for Current College in the Schools Teachers to Meet the HLC Faculty Qualifications
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to create a funding mechanism for CIS teachers and concurrent enrollment teachers to obtain 18 credit hours in their content field to meet the HLC faculty qualifications.
(Submitted by the Mahtomedi School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 109-7

Resolution 19: Support a Comprehensive Mental Health Services Which Includes Staff Training, Student Supports, and Collaboration between Communities and Schools
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to provide support and dedicated funding for the training of school staff on mental health issues, comprehensive school-based mental health services and building links between the schools and the community mental health system.
(Submitted by the Faribault School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 69-42

Resolution 20: Repeal Minnesota Civics Test
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to eliminate the new mandated civics test that requires students to pass 30 of 50 questions from the United States citizenship test, as a new required test from the 2016 legislative session.
(Submitted by the Faribault School Board)
RESOLUTION PASSED 81-32

Resolution 21: Eliminate the Requirements of Multiple Data Sets
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to delay the implementation of the new state reporting requirements regarding additional disaggregation of student data.
(Submitted by St. Paul Public Schools)
RESOLUTION PASSED 99-13

Resolution 22: Create a Task Force to Study the Special Education Cross-subsidy with Recommendations to Eliminate It
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to direct the governor and commissioner to convene a working group with the specific charge to study the issue of special education cross-subsidy and propose a recommendation to eliminate the cross-subsidy.
(Submitted by Cheryl Polzin, Wayzata School Board Member and a Member of the Delegate Assembly)
RESOLUTION TABLED

Resolution 23: Restrict the Open Enrollment Waiver Deadline to Districts within Their Own Achievement and Integration Plan
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to restrict the open enrollment waiver deadline afforded by M.S. 124D.03, Subdivision 4, to districts within their own achievement and integration plan only.
(Submitted by the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board)
RESOLUTION FAILED 55-54

Resolution 24: Eliminate the MCA Test and Use the ACT Test
Be it resolved, that MSBA urges the Legislature to replace the high school MCAs with the ACT.
(Submitted by Stephanie Levine, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board Member and a Member of the Delegate Assembly)
RESOLUTION PASSED 95-17

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