Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of victims in Santa Fe, Texas

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

In accordance with a proclamation issued today by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

As directed by the president’s proclamation, flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately, until sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence in Santa Fe, Texas.

Read a statement released earlier today by Gov. Dayton.

On Friday, May 18, 2018, a terrible act of violence was committed against innocent people at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, and the victims and their families deserve our honor, respect, and remembrance.

Read a copy of President Donald Trump’s proclamation.

Read a copy of Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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Omnibus budget bill conference committee to discuss education provisions

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Members of the omnibus supplemental budget bill conference committee begin their May 14 meeting. Photo by Paul Battaglia (Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services)

The conference committee of the omnibus supplemental budget bill (SF 3656) is scheduled to discuss education provisions at noon today (Tuesday, May 15) at the State Capitol Building (Room 120).

The Senate conferees are:

  • Sen. Julie Rosen
  • Sen. Michelle Benson
  • Sen. Warren Limmer
  • Sen. Scott Newman
  • Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer

The House conferees are:

  • Rep. Jim Knoblach
  • Rep. Paul Torkelson
  • Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr.
  • Rep. Jenifer Loon
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo


Access the following education-related supplemental budget bill documents:

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in honor and remembrance of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

“On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the over 10,000 law enforcement officers who serve in Minnesota’s 446 law enforcement agencies, for their dedication and service to our communities,” reads Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

Access Gov. Dayton’s full proclamation.

Access President Trump’s full proclamation.

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Sen. Pratt’s amendment would delay implementation of new tiered licensure system

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Sen. Eric Pratt successfully amended the Senate education omnibus bill (SF 3086) on Tuesday, May 1.

Sen. Pratt’s amendment includes language that delays implementation of the new tiered licensure system until September 1, 2018. This delay affects the four tiers, background checks, licensure by portfolio, substitutes, expiration and renewal, and related items.

Along this line, the A42 amendment also extends the current system of variances, nonlicensed community experts, teacher and administrator license fees, and related provisions until September 1, 2018.

Please note that Rep. Sondra Erickson adopted a different approach in the House omnibus bill — she amends the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board’s current rule draft and inserts it into statute as “temporary rules” until the earlier of (1) adoption of final rules or (2) January 1, 2019.

MSBA believes Sen. Pratt’s approach is preferable:

  1. The administrative law judge hearing is expected to occur around June 8. It may be that, after the hearing, any changes that the judge requires will be technical in nature and will enable PELSB to meet a September 1 deadline. PELSB officials have said as much in recent public meetings.
  2. While MSBA is recommending that an October 1 extension would better serve schools and students, extending existing licensing and variance rules until September will allow districts to proceed with hires for 2018-2019 throughout the summer.
  3. It avoids a separation-of-powers attack (it could be argued that Rep. Erickson’s approach involves the Legislature in rulemaking, which is an executive branch function).

It may be reasonable to expect that the differences between the Pratt and Erickson approaches will be hammered out in conference committee, unless one or the other drops their position before then.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for former First Lady Barbara Bush

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

In honor and remembrance of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and in accordance with the proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags to immediately be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment, at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

View President Trump’s proclamation.

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House committee to discuss omnibus education bill today

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Rep. Jenifer Loon (left) is the chair of the House Education Finance Committee. Photo by Paul Battaglia, Session Daily

The House Education Finance Committee released its final omnibus education bill (HF4328) on Monday, April 16. The committee is scheduled to review the bill at 1 p.m. today at the State Office Building in St. Paul.

Some highlights of the House omnibus education bill include proposals to:

  • Expand the usage of the Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Program to allow for physical modifications to school facilities.
  • Provide $16.6 million in Safe School revenue, which includes a new aid component and equalization. This provision would also establish a floor (minimum) to meet the needs of our greater Minnesota school districts.
  • Provide $5 million for school-linked mental health grants.
  • Establish a Special Education Working Group.

MSBA has concerns with some policy requirements contained within the omnibus bill, including:

  • A prescriptive new policy mandate that requires all school districts to establish a threat-assessment team — and a district team to oversee the threat-assessment team.
  • An additional academic accountability rating system.
  • Restrictions placed on the school district lunch policy.

Access the omnibus education bill language and an itemized spending spreadsheet.

Stay in touch with the MSBA Government Relations Team as the 2018 session heads to the finish line. Your voice matters. Send questions or concerns to Grace Keliher (gkeliher@mnmsba.org), Denise Dittrich (ddittrich@mnmsba.org) or Kimberley Dunn Lewis (klewis@mnmsba.org).

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for April 12, 2018.

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

House Education Bill Introductions April 12th 2018

Senate Education Bill Introductions April 12th 2018

For more information, please visit our website.

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