House committee will discuss MSBA-supported special education paperwork reduction bills today


The House Education Policy Committee is scheduled to hear special education paperwork reduction bills put forward by MSBA and New Ulm Public Schools 10 a.m. today (Monday, February 25). The meeting will be held at the State Office Building (Room 5) located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul.

Each of the MSBA-supported bills will provide more flexibility and less paperwork for school districts. See MSBA’s recent Action Alert for more information.

Visit the committee website to access links to each bill and related documents.

See this week’s education committee schedule listed below.

House Education Policy Committee
10 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 853 — Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances.
  • HF 854 — Education; conciliation conference eliminated.
  • HF 1005 — Conciliation conference requirements amended.
  • HF 1289 — Education prior written notice requirements removed.
  • HF 1390 — Individualized education program requirements modified to permit student assessment performance reporting.
  • HF 1517 — Individualized education program requirements modified.
  • HF 1560 — Individualized education program requirements short term objectives.

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1026 — School safety technical assistance center and School Safety Technical Assistance Council extended.
  • HF 1343 — Sunscreen possession and use at school provided.
  • HF 1111 — Postsecondary education enrollment options eligibility clarified.
  • HF 847 — High school graduation personal finance required.
  • HF 249 — Graduation and civics testing requirements modified to ensure students adequately prepared to be capable citizens able to fully participate in the political process.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes:

  • HF 945 (Wazlawik) — Textbook definition modified.
  • HF 428 (Gruenhagen) — Textbook definition modified, and obsolete language deleted.
  • HF 835 (Christensen) — Minnesota Reads task force to review children and adult literacy programs established, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF 824 (Kunesh-Podein) — Increase Teachers of Color Act funding provided, seeking to double American Indian teachers and teachers of color, reports required, and money appropriated.

Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda: Review of Gov. Tim Walz’s E-12 budget.

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 340 — Pregnant and parenting pupils transportation to certain qualifying educational programs requirement and appropriation.
  • SF 663 — Homeless students pupil transportation authority assignment and appropriation.
  • SF 238 — Pupil transportation adjustment calculation modification; pupil transportation working group establishment.
  • SF 952 — Nonresident students within resident districts transportation provisions modification; achievement and integration district transfers modification.
  • SF 485 — Competency-based education plan school district or charter school adoption authorization.

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes Teacher of the Year presentations, HF 1282 (Regional public library systems aid distribution modified) and an informational hearing on HF 247 (Establishes a grant program to increase student access to licensed library media specialist).

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes HF 681 (Pregnant and parenting pupils transportation to qualified programs provided, reimbursement allowed, and money appropriated).

House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
8 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes overview of Gov. Tim Walz’s budget proposal (by the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services), HF 1238 (Child care assistance program provisions modified) and HF 1230 (Early learning scholarships eligibility modified, and voluntary prekindergarten programs expanded to five groups).

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