Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Every week, Executive Director Scott Croonquist updates members with information on the legislature, relevant events and current news.

Association of Metropolitan School Districts Update

 

January 20, 2017

Review of Legislative Committee Hearings

Below is a brief recap of the house and senate education committee hearings from the past week along with links to some of the reports/handouts presented at the hearings.

 

The pace will pick up next week as Governor Dayton will deliver his State of the State address on Monday evening and release his budget recommendations on Tuesday.

 

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • House Education Innovation Policy Committee

The Committee received an overview of the Office of Legislative Auditor’s report on teacher licensure,  reviewed the Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensing Report and received an update from the Board of Teaching.

 

 

  • House Education Finance Committee

The Committee received an overview of early childhood education issues and the implementation of voluntary pre-K pilot program. For more information about AMSD Districts receiving Pre-K grants click here.

 

  • Senate E-12 Policy Committee

The Committee received a presentation from representatives of the Career and Technical Education Licensing Task Force on their recent report.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • House Education Finance

The Committee received an overview of Minnesota’s charter schools.

 

  • Senate E-12 Education Finance Committee

The Senate E-12 Education Finance Committee held a joint meeting with the Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee to hear presentations about the state’s early childhood programs and appropriations.

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • House Education Innovation Policy Committee

The Committee heard from the Office of the Legislative Auditor Report on the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

 

  • House Education Finance

The Committee received an overview of Minnesota’s Concurrent Enrollment program; Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO); and the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.   I am attaching a copy of the latest concurrent enrollment update from Minnesota State and a copy of Minnesota State’s waiver application to the Higher Learning Commission which provides information about the credits needed by concurrent enrollment instructors within the Minnesota State system to reach the credentialing requirements that will be effective September 1, 2022.

 

  • Senate E-12 Policy Committee

The Committee heard from the Office of the Legislative Auditor Report on the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

 

Biennial Revenue Increase for E-12 Education

An issue that seems to arise every budget setting session is a biennium to biennium comparison of state expenditures. This information is always included in the state budget forecast documents which project how much state revenues and expenditures are expected to grow in the coming biennium compared to the previous biennium. The November 2016 budget forecast shows that state expenditures on E-12 Education are projected to grow by $774 million (4%) from the 2016-17 biennium to the 2018-19 biennium. This can lead to an inaccurate perception among legislators that education is already slated to receive a big funding increase negating or minimizing the need to approve new investments in the 2017 session.  We have worked with several of our sister education organizations to develop the attached memo to legislators that summarizes the projected biennial funding increase. Please use this information to educate your local legislators about this important issue.

 

 

Special Education Cross-Subsidy Report

The FY 2015 Special Education Cross-Subsidy Report is now available: http://www.amsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Special-EducationCrossSubsides-FY2015-Legislative-Report.pdf

 

Upcoming Hearings

Monday, January 23
Committee on E-12 Finance
Chair: Sen. Carla J. Nelson
3 p.m.
Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
Agenda: Reading proficiently by grade 3

Testimony from:
Minnesota Department of Education
Decoding Dyslexia MN
Minnesota Reading Corp

 

Tuesday, January 24,

Committee on E-12 Policy

Chair: Sen. Eric Pratt

3 p.m.

Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Bldg

Agenda: SF XXXX Chamberlain Tax Credit for K12 Scholarship Donations

Link to bill: http://www.senate.mn/committees/2017-2018/3091_Committee_on_E-12_Policy/SF%20XXXX%20Tax%20Credit%20for%20K12%20Scholarship%20Donations.pdf

 

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