Every week, Executive Director, Scott Croonquist updates members with information on the legislature, relevant events and current news.
Association of Metropolitan School Districts Summary Update
June 4, 2013
- Still Waiting For Final Clarification of Tax Bill
As you know, the 2013 Omnibus Tax Bill included some very significant education provisions including the location equity levy, enhanced referendum equalization and granting school boards the authority to approved the first $300 per pupil of referendum revenue. The bill language did not specify whether the $300 conversion of voter approved to board approved referendum revenue should take place before or after the implementation of the location equity levy. For most school districts, this sequence does not have an impact on total revenue. However, for metropolitan school districts with a referendum under $724 per pupil and non-metro districts with an enrollment greater than 2,000 students and a referendum less than $512 per pupil, implementing the location equity levy first would result in additional revenue. The MN Department of Education is working with staff from Minnesota Management & Budget, the Governor’s office and legislators to get guidance on how to implement the law. Thus far, an agreement has not been reached.
- Senate ESEA Reauthorization Bill Released
Dan Solomon from Senator Al Franken’s office forwarded me the attached bill language and summary of legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- MinnSPRA Referendum Workshop
One more reminder about MinnSPRA’s referendum workshop which will be held on June 18. Click on the link below for further information:
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