Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 25, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 25, 2019.

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

House Education Bill Introductions February 25th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 25th 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

 

 

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House committee will discuss MSBA-supported special education paperwork reduction bills today

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The House Education Policy Committee is scheduled to hear special education paperwork reduction bills put forward by MSBA and New Ulm Public Schools 10 a.m. today (Monday, February 25). The meeting will be held at the State Office Building (Room 5) located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul.

Each of the MSBA-supported bills will provide more flexibility and less paperwork for school districts. See MSBA’s recent Action Alert for more information.

Visit the committee website to access links to each bill and related documents.

See this week’s education committee schedule listed below.

House Education Policy Committee
10 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 853 — Individualized education programs; functional behavior assessments allowed under certain circumstances.
  • HF 854 — Education; conciliation conference eliminated.
  • HF 1005 — Conciliation conference requirements amended.
  • HF 1289 — Education prior written notice requirements removed.
  • HF 1390 — Individualized education program requirements modified to permit student assessment performance reporting.
  • HF 1517 — Individualized education program requirements modified.
  • HF 1560 — Individualized education program requirements short term objectives.

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes the following bills:

  • HF 1026 — School safety technical assistance center and School Safety Technical Assistance Council extended.
  • HF 1343 — Sunscreen possession and use at school provided.
  • HF 1111 — Postsecondary education enrollment options eligibility clarified.
  • HF 847 — High school graduation personal finance required.
  • HF 249 — Graduation and civics testing requirements modified to ensure students adequately prepared to be capable citizens able to fully participate in the political process.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
The agenda includes:

  • HF 945 (Wazlawik) — Textbook definition modified.
  • HF 428 (Gruenhagen) — Textbook definition modified, and obsolete language deleted.
  • HF 835 (Christensen) — Minnesota Reads task force to review children and adult literacy programs established, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF 824 (Kunesh-Podein) — Increase Teachers of Color Act funding provided, seeking to double American Indian teachers and teachers of color, reports required, and money appropriated.

Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Committee
3 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda: Review of Gov. Tim Walz’s E-12 budget.

3 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Minnesota Senate Building (Room 1100)
Agenda includes the following bills:

  • SF 340 — Pregnant and parenting pupils transportation to certain qualifying educational programs requirement and appropriation.
  • SF 663 — Homeless students pupil transportation authority assignment and appropriation.
  • SF 238 — Pupil transportation adjustment calculation modification; pupil transportation working group establishment.
  • SF 952 — Nonresident students within resident districts transportation provisions modification; achievement and integration district transfers modification.
  • SF 485 — Competency-based education plan school district or charter school adoption authorization.

House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes Teacher of the Year presentations, HF 1282 (Regional public library systems aid distribution modified) and an informational hearing on HF 247 (Establishes a grant program to increase student access to licensed library media specialist).

9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | State Office Building (Room 5)
Agenda includes HF 681 (Pregnant and parenting pupils transportation to qualified programs provided, reimbursement allowed, and money appropriated).


House Ways and Means Committee — Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
8 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 | State Capitol Building (Room 120)
Agenda includes overview of Gov. Tim Walz’s budget proposal (by the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Human Services), HF 1238 (Child care assistance program provisions modified) and HF 1230 (Early learning scholarships eligibility modified, and voluntary prekindergarten programs expanded to five groups).

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 21, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 21, 2019.

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

House Education Bill Introductions February 21st 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 21st 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

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Reminder: House education committee holding hearing Friday at Windom High School

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The House Ways and Means Committee — Education Finance Division is holding its 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 22, meeting at Windom Area High School, located at 1400 17th Street in Windom.

The committee is scheduled to discuss public education funding and the needs of rural school districts.

Attendees should park in the East parking lot and sign in with school officials at Door 1. Email Sarah Burt at sarah.burt@house.mn if you wish to testify.

Visit the committee website for more information.

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Gov. Walz calls for additional education funding in state budget proposal

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Education spending was prioritized in Gov. Tim Walz’s Budget for One Minnesota unveiled today.

In total, Gov. Walz’s state budget proposal represents an investment of $733 million in additional pre-K through grade 12 education funding over the next two years, and $158 million in funding to support Minnesota’s higher education system, including $62 million in grants to students.

The governor’s budget will increase the general education basic formula by 3 percent in the first year of the biennium, and 2 percent in the second — or $189 per student in fiscal year 2020 and an additional $130 in fiscal year 2021, for a total new investment of $523 million.

“MSBA is very appreciative of Gov. Walz’s E-12 budget proposal, which includes significant investments in our public school students,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. “The investments in the general education funding formula, special education and student safety are all significant priorities for our school districts statewide. We are also pleased the governor’s budget addresses our state’s teacher shortage, particularly for teachers of color. We look forward to working with Gov. Walz and legislative leadership as the budget makes its way to the finish line.”

The governor’s budget also includes:

  • A $77 million investment in special education to stop schools’ cross-subsidy gaps from growing.
  • $59 million to keep voluntary preschool programs operational.
  • $26 million to address school safety.
  • $8 million for full-service community schools.
  • $8 million for new and existing programs to recruit quality teachers of color.

Access Gov. Walz’s “Budget for One Minnesota” Education Fact Sheet for details. 

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Federal Update: Consolidated funding bill signed

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President Donald Trump recently signed the fiscal year 2019 consolidated appropriations bill into law, thereby providing funding for all government operations through the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2019).

While funding for the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and Defense was completed last September, full-year funding for the remaining agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers child nutrition programs, was incomplete.

The Senate passed the appropriations bill (H.J. Res. 31) by a vote of 83-16. The House voted in favor of the measure by a vote of 300-128.

Source: National School Boards Association

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — February 18, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for February 18, 2019.

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

House Education Bill Introductions February 18th 2019

Senate Education Bill Introductions February 18th 2019

For more information, please visit our website.

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