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 2, 2015


Conference Registration Open
Registration is now open for AMSD’s annual policy conference.  The theme of this year’s conference is Promising Practices to Close the Achievement Gap: Building Partnerships to Reach All Students.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about creative and innovative programs aimed at closing the achievement gap and to network with colleagues from throughout the metro area.  The opening address will be from Dr. May Kao Hang, CEO of the Wilder Foundation.  Dr. Hang has extensive experience in the public and the nonprofit sectors, serving low income and disadvantaged populations.  The luncheon panel will feature a presentation from two of the State’s leading measurement research experts, Dr. David Heistad and Dr. Eric Moore.  Registration information is available here:


Upcoming Legislative Hearings
Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 1:00 PM

Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development; House Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance

Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff, Rep. Bud Nornes

1 p.m.

Room Basement State Office Bldg.

Agenda:  Higher Learning Commission, Clarification of Faculty Roles and Qualifications, and Concurrent Enrollment in Minnesota


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – 1:00 pm and Wednesday October 14 – 9 am

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

Room 5, State Office Building

Chair:  Rep. Tim O’Driscoll

Two-Day Agenda:


October 13, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Approval of the minutes

Actuarial review of Minnesota retirement systems as of July 1, 2014.

Deloitte Consulting, Commission reviewing actuary R

Review of the retirement plans’ actuarial reports

Recommendation of funding policy change

Implications of changing the investment return assumption

Status information on Minnesota public pension plan asset investment performance.

Mansco Perry, Executive Director, State Board of Investment

Review of the 2008-2014 actuarial experience studies and proposed actuarial assumption changes.

Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)

Teachers Retirement Association (TRA)


October 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

Continuation of items from Tuesday, if necessary.

Supplemental public pension plan financing program proposal.

Presentation by EPOCH International


Monday, October 26, 2015 – 1:00 PM

Committee on Education

Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger

1 p.m.

Room 200 State Office Bldg.

Agenda:  Reduction of state-required standardized tests. Status and recommendations. Update from Minnesota Board of Teaching on MTLE. Civics test discussion.


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.


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