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

Teacher Mentorship and Retention of Effective Teachers Grant materials available online

The Teacher Mentorship and Retention of Effective Teachers Grant was recently funded by the Minnesota Legislature for the next biennium. Application materials and a question and answer document have been posted to the PELSB grants page. PELSB will host a virtual … Continue reading

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Reminder: FCC opening second application window for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program on September 28

The FCC recently announced that requests for $5.137 billion in funding to support 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections were received during the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program’s initial filing window. The window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applicants from all … Continue reading

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Press release: Governor Walz announces $106 million allocation of federal American Rescue Plan funds

Today, Governor Tim Walz announced an allocation of $106 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds, which includes funding to support Minnesota students, drive workforce development, and provide shelter to the most vulnerable Minnesotans before winter. “President Biden’s American Rescue … Continue reading

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FCC adding second application window for schools for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC announced in a recent press release that they will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding from the roughly $2 billion in … Continue reading

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Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff to honor victims of the attack in Kabul

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden, Governor Tim Walz has directed all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota effective immediately until … Continue reading

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Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launches app for reporting threats to school

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has implemented a statewide method for reporting threats of school violence in our state. Students, parents and school professionals can use the See It, Say It, Send It app to send a tip … Continue reading

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Weekly Federal Update

Congressional Update House Passes FY22 Education Funding Bill On Thursday, July 29, the House of Representatives passed an over $600 billion spending package to fund the federal government and related programs for the coming 2022 fiscal year (FY22) set to … Continue reading

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Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff on August 2 in honor of law enforcement officer

Governor Tim Walz has ordered order all United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Monday, August 2, 2021, in honor and remembrance of Red Lake Nation Police … Continue reading

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Weekly Federal Update

Congressional Update Congress Moves Forward on Infrastructure Since the spring, negotiations between Congress and the Biden Administration regarding potential significant new investments in the nation’s infrastructure have been ongoing and quite fluid. For the most part, Republican lawmakers have only … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education releases FAQ: Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Full-Service Community Schools

The U.S. Department of Education recently released Frequently Asked Questions: Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Full-Service Community Schools & Related Strategies. These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are intended to inform state and local efforts in effectively using American … Continue reading

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