Busy education committee week includes Labor Day start bill

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There are a number of education bills on tap this week in St. Paul. Among them is SF 918, which would allow school districts to being the school year before Labor Day. The Labor Day start bill is scheduled to be heard 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee.

Other bills of note this week include HF 882, which would link future increases to the general education basic funding formula to inflation, and HF 824, aka the Increase Teachers of Color Act.

See this week’s education committee schedules listed below. (Note: These schedules and agendas are subject to change. Check the committee websites for updates and to access any available documents.)


Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)

The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 1260 (Surplus computers disposition school board options expansion)
  • SF 929 (High school league eligibility review process; proposed eligibility bylaws, policies, and procedures public input and access; reporting)
  • SF 1297 (Textbook definition modification)
  • SF 773 (Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Museum grant appropriation)
  • SF 1341 (Minnesota Children’s Museum grants appropriations)
  • SF 918 (School year start before Labor Day authorization)
  • SF 2212 (Flexible learning year programs implementation by school boards without approval by education commissioner authorization)
  • SF 1957 (School safety facility grants appropriation)
  • SF 1993 (Eastern Carver County Schools transportation hub lease levy authorization)
  • SF 629 (Sunscreen at school possession and use authorization)
  • SF 1745 (Black Men Teach Twin Cities grants appropriation)
  • SF 1427 (School breakfast aids provisions modifications and appropriation)
  • SF 1899 (STEM grant program establishment and appropriation)
  • SF 735 (Teacher code of ethics statutory codification and rule repeal; school district ethics complaints procedures requirement)
  • SF 2180 (Early childhood program eligibility modification)
  • SF 2327 (Robbinsdale Area School District: postemployment benefits irrevocable trust fund to general fund transfer authorization)

3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 793 (Firearms safety, archery, hunting and angling inclusion in school physical education courses grant program establishment and appropriation)
  • SF 709 (Student performance data collection modification)
  • SF 2140 (Minnesota State Academies rental income proceeds deposit modification)
  • SF 2158 (United Way of Central Minnesota grant appropriation for Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota)
  • SF 2165 (Section 7 of the bill, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment)
  • SF 33 (Kindergarten readiness assessment requirement)
  • SF 493 (Rice County Nerstrand charter school admission lottery modification)
  • SF 2439 (Educational stability for students living in foster care appropriation)
  • SF 822 (Collaborative urban educator program appropriation and reporting)
  • SF 2519 (School safety enhancements long-term facilities maintenance revenue authorization)
  • SF 2030 (Career and technical education instructors license exemption modification)
  • SF 1198 (Duluth School District: special education base adjustment; special education formulas modification and appropriations)

House Education Policy Committee
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes:

  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ overview of “Issues of Disparities Based on Race and Disability Status in School Discipline”
  • School districts present their work on decreasing suspensions in schools
  • EdAllies, PACER and Solutions Not Suspensions coalition bring parents to share their stories

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 824 (Increase Teachers of Color Act funding provided, seeking to double American Indian teacher and teachers of color, reports required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 16 (Small school revenue calculation modified)
  • HF 1148 (Energy conservation revolving loan fund established in schools, and money appropriated)
  • HF 566 (School safety assessment teams required, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 882 (General education basic formula allowance increased by three percentage points per year, general education basic formula allowance future increases linked to rate of inflation, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1190 (Concurrent enrollment program fully funded, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1969 (STEM grant program created, report required, and money appropriated)
  • HF 2110 (Long-term facilities revenue maximum amount modified for school districts with adjusted square footage)
  • HF 2325 (Adult basic education aid calculation modified, and money appropriated)

9:45 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1979 (Lakes Country Service Cooperative federal instructional level 4 program grant authorized, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1980 (Long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies allowed use clarified, and school districts that are cooperative unit members lease levy authority increased)
  • HF 1204 (School sexual harassment and sex discrimination laws compliance required, training required, and money appropriated)

5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 10)
The meeting agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 2259, pending referral (Breckenridge School District: postsecondary enrollment options with higher education institution agreement allowed)
  • HF 2046 (Hopkins School District: International Spanish Language Academy program combining authorized, and levy authorized)
  • HF 1052 (Students with interrupted formal education participation in early middle college program for one additional year made permanent)
  • HF 2039 (Trauma-informed school incentive aid funding provided, and money appropriated)
  • HF 1056 (Education partnership program modified, future grant priority established, and money appropriated)

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