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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.

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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School safety webinar on youth preparedness, community resilience set for July 28

Join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on Wednesday, July 28, at 2 p.m. CDT for an informational webinar on increasing youth preparedness and building resilience in K-12 school communities. Leaders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will discuss programs, … Continue reading

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Apply for FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund through August 13

The FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund will open for application on June 29, 2021, and close on August 13, 2021. The purpose of this program is to help schools and libraries fund devices and wireless hot spots to provide improved access … Continue reading

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Weekly Federal Update

Congressional Update House Sets Funding Cap for Education Programs On Tuesday, June 29, the House Appropriations Committee approved topline allocations for each of the 12 bills that compose the federal discretionary budget for the upcoming 2022 federal fiscal year (FY … Continue reading

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Three new broadband grants available through NTIA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has provided the latest news about our three new grants – the Broadband Infrastructure Program, the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Broadband Infrastructure Program Now Available: Session … Continue reading

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Press release: FCC launches effort to close Homework Gap

On June 29, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced schools and libraries can now begin to file applications for the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund, the agency’s latest effort to connect Americans. Schools and libraries can apply for financial support … Continue reading

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Weekly Federal Update

Congressional Update Lawmakers Reach Tentative Infrastructure Deal, Path Forward Remains Murky A bipartisan group of 21 Senators continued to meet this week to discuss and negotiate potential investments in the nation’s infrastructure. Late Wednesday night, June 23, this group of … Continue reading

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