The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) recently announced the recipients for its Outstanding Legislator of 2017 award.
This year’s honorees are Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Sen. Eric Pratt (R-Prior Lake).
Rep. Erickson and Rep. Pratt are the chairs of the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee and Minnesota Senate E-12 Policy Committee, respectively. They were recognized for their outstanding efforts and leadership as the chief authors of bills that called for reform of Minnesota’s teacher licensure system.
Sen. Clausen serves on the Minnesota Senate E-12 Policy Committee. He was honored for his support in the reform of Minnesota’s teacher licensure system. Early on, Sen. Clausen recognized the system needed change in order to meet staffing needs, especially in shortage areas like Career and Technical Education (CTE), and teachers of color.
Rep. Loon and Sen. Nelson are the chairs of the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee and the Minnesota Senate E-12 Finance Committee, respectively. Rep. Loon and Sen. Nelson were recognized for their leadership as the chief authors of HF 2 — a bill that added a 2 percent funding increase on the general education basic formula — a top priority for MSBA.
Sen. Mariani is the DFL lead in the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. He demonstrated great leadership by supporting the reform of Minnesota’s teacher licensure system. Rep. Mariani’s contributions helped redesign the licensure system to ensure hiring and staffing flexibility to include more teachers of color to reflect the diversity of the classrooms.
“MSBA applauds the efforts of these six legislators,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. “These legislators ensured the collective voice of our school boards was heard at the Capitol.”
MSBA — a leading advocate for public education — supports, promotes and strengthens the work of public school boards.