Daily Education Bill Introductions — April 1, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for April 1, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions April 1st 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions April 1st 2019

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 28, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 28, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions March 28th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 28th 2019

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 27, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 27, 2019.

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House Education Bill Introductions March 27th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 27th 2019

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Snow Days Relief Conference Committee Report Complete

The conference committee report for SF 1743 (snow day relief bill) has been posted.
In summary, those school districts who need the extra days may count days needed with some caveats.
  • The board of a school district or charter school that canceled school on one or more days during the 2018-2019 school year due to health and safety concerns may count those days as instructional days for purposes of calculating the number of hours and days in the school year.
  • If a school district would not have met the required minimum number of days and hours of instruction for students, it must report to the commissioner of education the number of days and hours that the district counted to meet the required days and hours of instruction. A district is also encouraged to adopt an e-learning plan.
  • If a school board resolves to count a day that school was canceled as an instructional day, the school district must compensate employees and contract employers by paying them or allowing them to work another day the school designates.
  • The minimum number of days of teacher service that a probationary teacher must complete equals the difference between 120 days and the number of scheduled instructional days that were canceled due to health and safety concerns and that the school board resolved to count as days of instruction.
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MSBA Supports Introduction of the IDEA Full Funding Act

On March 26, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) S.866 and H.R. 1878) John Katko (R-NY), Joe Neguse (D-CO), David McKinley (R-WV), Dean Phillips (D-MN)Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Glen Thompson (R-PA) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act. More than 130 representatives have co-sponsored this legislation.  

This bicameral, bipartisan legislation would establish a 10-year plan towards fully funding the federal share of investments in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The current federal share is less than 15 percent, even though Congress originally promised to fund 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities in 1975.

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NSBA and other education groups have expressed strong support for the IDEA Full Funding Act and urges swift passage of this legislation along with the commensurate appropriations.“This legislation will establish a clear path towards fully achieving the federal share of resources needed to address the unique needs of almost seven million students with disabilities,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO of the National School Boards Association. “Full funding and modernization of IDEA is one of NSBA’s top priorities to help ensure our country’s students with disabilities receive the access and supports they need to succeed as productive, contributing, engaging members of society.”

The IDEA Full Funding Act will authorize a course for a stronger federal commitment to address equity in education and support local innovations, such as those for early learning and interventions, special educator teams and student transitions–all of which are essential to effectively serving students with disabilities and their families.”

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Through the “It’s Time for a Great IDEA!” advocacy campaign, NSBA is highlighting the critical need for the federal government to fulfill a long overdue promise to provide equal access to public education for all children in the United States.

 

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — March 26, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for March 26, 2019.

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No bills were intoduced in the House today.

Senate Education Bill Introductions March 26th 2019

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Licensing board offering free cultural competency training sessions

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The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is excited to announce that it will be hosting a series of cultural competency trainings throughout Minnesota beginning in May 2019.

In partnership with several individuals and groups, PELSB designed the training sessions to meet the requirements needed to renew a Minnesota tiered teaching license.

The trainings, which will consist of two four-hour sessions, will be led by trained facilitators at 10 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota.

The benefits of completing a PELSB-approved cultural competency training include:

  • Opportunities to engage in self-reflection on your own cultural frames of reference and the impact they have on the relationships with your students, their families, and the school community.
  • The ability to connect with colleagues to discuss the creation of a supportive classroom and school environment for the diverse population of students, teachers, administrators, and staff who you work with on a daily basis.
  • Completion of free training sessions, totaling eight clock hours, that include all necessary elements of the cultural competency training requirement needed to renew a Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, or Tier 4 license.

PELSB and its host partners are offering these sessions free of charge for Minnesota teachers. However, preference will be given to teachers who need to renew a Tier 1 license because the training is necessary for Tier 1 license renewals in 2019. Cultural competency training will be required for all teachers renewing a license in 2020 or after.

A full list of upcoming training dates and registration details are available on the PELSB website.

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