Send letter of support for School Trust Lands deal by September 17

MSBA hopes you will join us and submit a letter of support for the federal acquisition of the School Trust Lands located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Nearly 10 percent of lands within the BWCAW are School Trust Lands were granted by the United States to Minnesota during statehood, with the intent to provide a source of continued revenue for public schools. The Superior National Forest, by agreement with the state, manages these lands. Limitations imposed by the Wilderness Act directly conflict with state law that directs School Trust management to “secure the maximum long-term economic return.”

The Superior National Forest’s request of $15 million in “core” funding is an essential component to complete an acquisition of 15,000 acres of School Trust Lands, would signify a major step on a path toward settling this long-standing land management issue and fulfilling the federal government’s promise to the state of Minnesota at the time the BWCAW was created.

If you want more detailed information, access the U.S. Forest Service’s Project Sheet at http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/ForestService-ProjectSheet.pdf.

Please submit your letter of support of for this project by September 17.

See http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/TrustLands-SampleLetter-2017.pdf to view a sample letter.

BACKGROUND: To help understand the history, the Minnesota School Trust Lands were set aside in 1858 to support the state’s public education system. However, the 83,000 acres of School Trust Lands within the BWCAW have been prohibited from providing any economic support since 1964. Minnesota, the Superior National Forest and interested stakeholders devised a strategy to address this in 2010. The “Hybrid Model” combines the Forest Service’s purchase of 53,000 acres with an exchange of 30,000 acres.

Minnesota’s school trust beneficiaries — 850,000 K-12 public school children — deserve the benefits from the lands that were granted to Minnesota at statehood for the support of public education.

 

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Mark Dayton’s veto of legislative budget constitutional

The Minnesota Supreme Court has found that Governor Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s funding is constitutional, stating that the Minnesota Constitution places no limits on line-item vetoes. The six-page order, issued Friday afternoon, ordered the two parties to enter into mediation as well as other actions.  Read the opinion here: http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/High-Profile-Cases/A17-1142/A17-1142_Order_BriefingScheduling.pdf

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

In observance of the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Monday, September 11, 2017.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this tragedy, Gov. Dayton has proclaimed Monday to be “Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance” in the state of Minnesota. In solidarity with the rest of the nation, the governor encourages all Minnesotans to observe the National Moment of Silence at 7:46 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

Read Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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Apply for gifted student grant program by August 28

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The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is offering grant funds for accelerated learning or gifted programs.

The deadline is Monday, August 28, to apply for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program.

Visit https://w1.education.state.mn.us/EGMS/searchAllActiveGrants.do and select “COMPETITIVE GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANT” for the grant application, grant instructions and additional information.

Direct questions to MDE’s Doug Paulson at doug.paulson@state.mn.us by August 17 or 651-582-8471.

Also, a related webinar is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 11. At least 30 minutes before the webinar start time, go to https://mde.webex.com/mde/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed051faf8abe03f5dd8df61d78073fc13 for access. (The webinar event number is 807 199 138. No password is required. Also, no call-in is necessary for this webinar. You will listen through your computer. Please make sure your volume is turned up.)

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Register for one of MDE’s ESSA meetings; give input on state plan via online survey

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The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is hitting the road this month for a series of meetings to share the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan draft with stakeholders.

Meetings are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, August 15 — Wilder Foundation Auditorium, ST. PAUL
  • Wednesday, August 16 — John Marshall High School Auditorium, ROCHESTER
  • Thursday, August 17 — West High School Auditorium, MANKATO
  • Monday, August 21 — Moorhead High School Auditorium, MOORHEAD
  • Tuesday, August 22 — Resource Training and Education, First Level Training Rooms, SARTELL
  • Wednesday, August 23 — Denfeld High School Cafeteria, DULUTH

To help members participate, MSBA will be putting together talking points to bring to the meetings. Please watch for a special edition of the MSBA Weekly Advocate to access the talking points.

Register in advance for one of these meetings at
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3728223/ESSA-Regional-Meeting-Registration-August-2017.

Also, MDE has made available its public comment survey for the state’s ESSA draft plan. Stakeholders can access this survey through August 31 at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3743085/Minnesota-Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-State-Plan-Public-Comment-Survey.

Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/ESSA-StatePlan-ExecutiveSummary.pdf to view an Executive Summary of the ESSA state plan.

See MSBA’s ESSA webpage for additional information at http://www.mnmsba.org/ESSA.

 

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State Capitol grand opening event slated for August 11-13

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A view of the State Capitol on May 3. Photo by Paul Battaglia, Session Daily

The public is encouraged to attend the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration.

This three-day celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 11; Saturday, August 12; and Sunday, August 13; at the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds located at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul.

Visit www.mn.gov/mymncapitol for complete information.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for 10th anniversary of I-35W bridge collapse

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Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith

In honor and remembrance of those who were killed or injured in the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse a decade ago, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

“We must never forget the terrible losses and injuries, which so many Minnesotans suffered on that tragic day and have endured every day thereafter,” said Governor Dayton. “Lt. Governor Smith and I join all Minnesotans, as we pause to remember and pray for the victims, their families, and everyone, whose lives were forever changed by the I-35W Bridge collapse.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 6:05 p.m. marks the 10th anniversary of the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bridge collapse took the lives of 13 people and injured 145 others.

“Today we pause to remember those who lost their lives or loved ones the day the I-35W Bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, and the many people whose scars and injuries are daily reminders of a horrifying tragedy,” said Lt. Governor Smith. “We will always be grateful to the heroic first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to save the lives of so many. All of us were touched by the I-35W Bridge collapse, and won’t ever forget that day.”

Governor Dayton has set aside this day to honor and remember the victims; to offer continued sympathy and support to affected families and communities; and to thank and recognize the police officers, fire and rescue personnel, and other first responders.

Visit http://mn.gov/gov-stat/pdf/2017_08_01_35W_Bridge_Collapse.pdf to view Governor Dayton’s proclamation.

 

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