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

October 30, 2015


Registration Open for AMSD Policy Conference
REMINDER: Registration is now open for AMSD’s annual policy conference:  The $25 early bird registration fee is available until November 20.  Please feel free to invite board colleagues, district staff, parents and interested community members to attend.


AMSD Board Meetings
The next AMSD Board of Directors meeting is next Friday, November 6 from 7 – 9 AM in the Grand Hall in the TIES Conference Center.  We will be presenting AMSD Friend of Public Education Awards to Rep. Jenifer Loon and Sen. Chuck Wiger in recognition of their work during the 2015 session.  We will also hear a presentation from Jay Stoffel, deputy executive director of the Teaches Retirement Association, about the financial condition of the fund and potential legislative proposals related to TRA.

As a part of the December 4 AMSD Board of Directors meeting, we will be hosting an early learning listening session by the MN Department of Education.  We will conduct our AMSD business meeting from 7:30 – 8 a.m. that day and the early learning listening session will run from 8 – 9:30 a.m.


Upcoming Hearings
Below is information about two upcoming legislative hearings.  If you are interested in testifying at either of the hearings, please let me know and I will be happy to forward your name to the committee staff for consideration.


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Joint Hearing

Education Finance Committee

Education Innovation Policy

Chairs: Rep. Jenifer Loon and Rep. Sondra Erickson

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

200 State Office Building

Agenda: Change in law on teacher licensure and new rules. Board of Teaching MDE Licensing Division


Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – 10:00 AM

Committee on Education

Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger

10 a.m.

Room 200 State Office Bldg.

Agenda:  Achievement gap in Minnesota. Receive recent 2015 Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) report from Minnesota Department of Education. Open to testimony from districts.

Association of Metropolitan School Districts Update

October 21, 2015


Achievement and Integration Rule Hearing
The Minnesota Department of Education has scheduled the Achievement and Integration Rule hearing for January 6th, 2016. It will be held in one of the large conference rooms at the MDE office in Roseville.  The official notice and an updated proposed rule will be posted in the State Register on November 9 or 16.


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