Education committee hearings had a robust start Tuesday.
The House Education Innovation Policy committee started the day with policies and procedures and an introduction of all committee members. Chair Sondra Erickson has eight new legislators on her 17 member committee. Backgrounds were given and goals stated – the top three goals were to empower local teachers, school districts and school boards; increase teachers of color and career and technical teachers in our classrooms and support students’ mental health at every age.
Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA), Grace Keliher shared the top policy priorities for this session are teacher shortage and innovation and research in schools. Other education organizations share these priorities, especially how teacher development and education and teacher retention and recruitment impact teacher shortage.
Similar conversations and introductions continued throughout the day. The House Education Finance committee met early in the afternoon and is once again chaired by Rep. Jenifer Loon. Her committee is made up of 21 members, whom four are new legislators. Keliher stated MSBA’s top finance priorities this session are to add an inflationary increase to the general education formula and meet the state’s responsibility in funding special education.
The Senate Education committee, which had combined meetings last session, is now broken into two committees – Senate E-12 Policy, chaired by Sen. Eric Pratt and Senate E-12 Finance, chaired by Sen. Carla Nelson. Each of these have three new legislators on the ten member committees.