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About mnmsba

The Minnesota School Boards Association, a leading advocate for public education, supports, promotes and strengthens the work of public school boards.

Federal Advocacy and Weekly Policy Update

Congressional Update NSBA Seeks Targeted Liability Coverage for the Pandemic On July 8, NSBA, along with the school superintendents association (AASA) and Association for Educational Service Agencies (AESA), sent a letter to Congressional leaders requesting that they include temporary and … Continue reading

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Federal Advocacy and Weekly Policy Update

Congressional Update Congress Signals Additional COVID-19 Emergency Legislation in JulyFollowing a relatively quiet June on Capitol Hill, Congress is expected to be extremely busy in July as they race to complete important work – including passing another COVID-19 emergency response … Continue reading

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Federal Advocacy and Weekly Policy Update

Congressional Update House Appropriations Committee Announces Mark-Up ScheduleHouse Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Lowey (D-NY) announced this week that the committee will mark-up the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills during the week of July 6. The U.S. House will vote on the … Continue reading

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Members of Congress ask U.S. education secretary to rescind rule on equity services guidance

The U.S. Department of Education just issued an Interim Final Rule regarding its equitable services guidance for CARES Act funding to school districts. Access the U.S. Department of Education’s press release for details. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) and U.S. Rep. Pete … Continue reading

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Q&A documents released for implementation of IDEA Part B, Part C dispute resolution procedures

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Office of Special Education Programs recently issued questions-and-answers documents in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and Part C dispute resolution procedures in … Continue reading

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Federal Advocacy and Weekly Policy Update

Congressional Update Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Next Steps are Unclear The Supreme Court ruled (5-4) that the procedure used by the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary and capricious.” Chief Justice John … Continue reading

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Joint Minnesota House education committee hearings will cover distance learning, 2020-2021 school year

The Minnesota House Education Policy Committee and the Minnesota House Education Finance Division will be holding three remote informational hearings in June that will focus on distance learning and the 2020-2021 school year. 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, June … Continue reading

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Special Session 2020: House and Senate Education Bill Introductions

Friday, June 19th, 2020 We publish bills every day they are introduced and hope that you monitor these posts, as it keeps you updated and informed about the bills under consideration that may impact school boards and school districts across … Continue reading

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School Finance Working Group Update

The School Finance Working Group met remotely Thursday, June 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. The agenda included a review of some funding streams that are not equally available to all school districts. The group reviewed and addressed topics concerning funding discrepancies … Continue reading

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Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff on June 19 in honor of Minnesota’s COVID-19 victims

Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 19, 2020. He has directed flags to fly at half staff on the 19th … Continue reading

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