AMSD understands the importance of providing its members with factual, concise and timely information on key issues affecting public schools. Using regular email updates and social media, AMSD keeps members continuously up-to-date about the progress of the current legislative session.
MDE Presentation: Update on 2018 Session
Presentation from the Minnesota Department of Education with an update on the 2018 legislative session.
Governor Dayton’s proposal would increase school funding by 2 percent, resulting in $124.1 million in new one-time aid to school districts in fiscal year 2019, and $13.8 million in fiscal year 2020 (formula aid goes out to districts on a 90/10 basis – 90% in first fiscal year and 10% in the following).
“AMSD speaks with a unified voice at the Legislature to make positive change for our students. We can always count on AMSD to deliver in-depth research and financial analysis on pending legislative proposals to help us make informed decisions.”
–Superintendent Christine Osorio, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale
“AMSD provides timely updates and information that allows us to take action quickly on important legislative issues. We always know what is happening at the Capitol thanks to AMSD.”
–Steve Adams, School Board Member, Hopkins Public Schools
Using Social Media to Advocate at the Legislature
Following social media at the legislature provides several benefits, including up-to-the minute news, reports and documents, opportunities for involvement and the ability to share district information with other users and follow specific topics and committees.
Here are a few ways to get involved on social media:
Follow your legislators and persons of interest.
Post questions to legislators on facebook or send a tweet.
Respond to a tweet or facebook post regarding a bill before the legislature.
Post a tweet about a policy before the legislature.
Retweet a message about what is happening at the legislature.
Share an article that reflects your position on a policy before the legislature.
Share a district event, accolade or policy decision with legislators..
If you visit a legislator or they come visit you, share a photo or message on social media about the visit.
If you tweet or post about a legislator, use their handle (@member) in your post. Use hashtags or search for an issue hashtag and include it in your post.