Tag Archives: Kirk Schneidawind

Constitutional Amendment a good first step, but needs to go further to ensure funding and other challenges

Recently former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari held a summit with business and community leaders to discuss how a Constitutional Amendment could close the achievement gap. The proposed language would replace Art. XIII, … Continue reading

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State projects $1.54 billion surplus for 2020-2021

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) today released its 2018 November Budget and Economic Forecast — which projects a $1.54 billion surplus for the state’s budget for fiscal years 2020-2021. According to MMB: Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook remains sound, despite … Continue reading

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MSBA honors Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll

MSBA recently presented Sen. Julie Rosen (Vernon Center) and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (Sartell) with its “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award for 2018. MSBA officials honored Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll for their work during the 2018 legislative session on … Continue reading

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Volkswagen settlement would provide bus grants

We want to update you on some recent news related to the Volkswagen settlement. The state of Minnesota’s share of the Volkswagen emission settlement was $47 million. Gov. Mark Dayton designated the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to manage the … Continue reading

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MSBA names recipients for its Outstanding Legislator of 2017 award

The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) recently announced the recipients for its Outstanding Legislator of 2017 award. This year’s honorees are Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), … Continue reading

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House committee leaders, MSBA respond to U.S. Education Department’s withdrawal of proposed K-12 regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) Wednesday issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Education withdrew its proposed … Continue reading

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MSBA supports Gov. Dayton’s tax reduction plan for Minnesota farmers with the goal of helping our school boards and school districts

Gov. Mark Dayton rolled out his 2017 tax plan Thursday during a press conference in St. Paul, offering $300 million in tax cuts. One part of Gov. Dayton’s plan is to provide property-tax relief for Minnesota farmers. Gov. Dayton is … Continue reading

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Higher Learning Commission approves extension for concurrent enrollment credentialing

Source: Minnesota State Minnesota State received notification December 19 that the Higher Learning Commission has approved its extension request relative to the credentialing of high school faculty teaching within concurrent enrollment programs. “This decision is good for our school districts, … Continue reading

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Cost for dual-credit programs to fall on shoulders of school districts

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees met Wednesday, November 16, to hear an update that 76 percent of all instructors who teach dual-course classes in high school do not meet requirements to have a master’s degree or qualifying credits in … Continue reading

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Teachers Retirement Association Board OKs legislative proposal despite concerns from MSBA

The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) Board of Trustees approved a legislative proposal Wednesday, November 16, that would lower the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired teachers from 2 percent to 1 percent for 10 years and 1.5 percent thereafter. The … Continue reading

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