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Federal Advocacy & Weekly Policy Update

Congressional Update Senator Markey and 44 Co-sponsors Introduce Emergency E-rate Legislation This week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), joined by 42 Democratic and 2 Independent senators,  introduced legislation (S.3690) that proposes to provide $4 billion in emergency funding, through the E-Rate … Continue reading

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Federal Update: Extension of USDA Nutrition Waivers

Administration Update Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the extension of three USDA nutrition waivers until August 31, 2020. According to the press release the waivers include: • Non-Congregate Feeding: FNS is allowing meals to be served … Continue reading

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House and Senate Education Bill Introductions

Friday, May 15th, 2020 Following are the bills that were introduced in the MN Legislature in the last weeks of the 2020 session. This will be the final post for Bill Introductions this year. As the 2020 Legislative Session comes … Continue reading

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Summer learning and child care: Governor issues executive order, MDE issues guidance

On May 14, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-57, which authorizes and directs Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker to “allow for a safe and effective summer learning environment for Minnesota’s students.” Two key highlights … Continue reading

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USDOE Posts Frequently Asked Questions About ESSER Fund

The U.S. Department of Education has posted the guidance for state education agencies and school districts, titled “Frequently Asked Questions about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund).” According to the Department, this “document seeks to answer … Continue reading

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Federal Advocacy & Weekly Update

Congressional Update Below is the weekly federal advocacy update. Activity is picking up as Congress begins preparation for the next supplemental appropriations. The coming week will see considerable focus on that issue and on continued discussions on closing the homework … Continue reading

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School Finance Working Group Meets Remotely

After canceling the March meeting, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) School Finance Working Group met Thursday, April 23, in a remote meeting to reevaluate the committee’s work thus far, share the fiscal challenges of distance learning and reaffirm their … Continue reading

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DeVos Announces New Grant Program Through CARES Act

Friday, April 27th U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced her plans for a new program that consists of $307.5 million in discretionary grant funds that will be available for states. The grants will be funded through the Education Stabilization … Continue reading

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DeVos Recommends No Waiver

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released her recommended waiver authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Secretary did not recommend that Congress pass any additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education … Continue reading

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U.S. Dept of Education Opens Applications for CARES Act Funds

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced yesterday that her agency is ready to start accepting applications from states for the release of more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funding, known officially as the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief … Continue reading

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