Tag Archives: Denise Dittrich

Watch MSBA’s Legislative Update Webinar

MSBA Director of Government Relations Denise Dittrich discusses key education issues and the latest legislative action concerning the COVID-19 pandemic during MSBA’s Legislative Update Webinar (recorded March 22, 2020). Click here to access the Legislative Update Webinar recording now. Also, … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education: States can bypass standardized testing for 2019-2020 school year

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. “Minnesota school board members welcome this relief from the annual testing mandate … Continue reading

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Session Daily: MSBA advocates for additional school safety grant funding

By Rachel Kats, Session Daily In response to a wave of school shootings, the 2018 Legislature appropriated $25 million to fund a school safety grant program. The response from school districts was overwhelming, with application requests exceeding available funds by … Continue reading

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Resolutions provide board members opportunity to set MSBA’s legislative agenda

Each year, Minnesota public school boards help shape MSBA’s legislative agenda. This grass-roots process starts with our school boards — or individual school board members, like you — writing legislative resolutions (and adopting them through board action) before sending them … Continue reading

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House committee to discuss omnibus education bill today

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 … Continue reading

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Broadband Task Force recommends more funding for broadband grant program

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recently released its 2017 Annual Report. The report highlighted the work of the Broadband Task Force and included policy recommendations for the governor and Legislature. The task force has studied issues related to broadband … Continue reading

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State assessment working group releases recommendations

Source: Minnesota Department of Education A variety of groups and organizations advise the Minnesota Assessment System — including the Future Assessment Design Working Group. The Future Assessment Design Working Group met from January 2017 through October 2017 to discuss the … Continue reading

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Tax reform update: U.S. Senate passes legislation paving way for conference committee

The U.S. Senate passed its version of H.R. 1, the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), by a 51-49 vote early Saturday morning. MSBA has concerns lawmakers are creating a potential tax structure that offers tax breaks and benefits … Continue reading

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Broadband task force observes benefits of high-speed access during Rock County tour

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband took a field trip Wednesday, June 28, to witness the positive impact high-speed Internet access is having on Rock County. Denise Dittrich represents MSBA members on the Task Force. Several communities within rural Rock … Continue reading

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State Legislative Auditor releases findings, recommendations for standardized student testing

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor released its evaluation report Monday regarding standardized student testing. “We look forward to a deeper dive into the report in the education committees in the next few weeks,” said Denise Dittrich, MSBA’s Associate … Continue reading

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