• Phone: 612-430-7750
  • info@amsd.org
Stay Connected:

Keeping You Informed About Education Policy

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.


Budget Bills Adopted; Governor Signature Expected (5/28/19)
The E-12 Education bill has been presented to Gov. Walz and he has indicated he intends to sign all the budget bills.
House/Senate E-12 Funding Proposals Comparison
The E-12 Education budget plans from the House, Senate and Governor are all on the table leaving major differences to resolve before the May 20 adjournment. A summary of the status of AMSD’s legislative priorities is shown on this link.
Session Brief: Comparing Bienniel E-12 Education Spending: The Story Behind the Numbers
The complicated nature of the education funding system can lead to an inaccurate picture of the state of funding for school districts. A prime example is comparing total education spending from one biennium to the next biennium rather than comparing year-to-year spending on a per pupil basis.
MDE Presentation: the Omnibus E-12 Education bill
View the presentation by Dr. Tom Melcher and Kate Lynne Snyder of the Minnesota Department of Education to the AMSD Board on the Omnibus E-12 Education bill.
Read-throughs and testimony for E-12 Education Bill concluded Wed., May 22, and committee work is now done. The bill will now go to the floors of the House and Senate when Gov. Tim Walz calls the Legislature into special session.
AMSD Legislative Priorities
The AMSD Board of Directors has identified these priorities to close opportunity gaps and ensure equitable academic outcomes –- high levels of achievement –- for all students.
AMSD Budget Survey
A recent survey of AMSD member school districts shows that absent a 3 percent formula increase and progress toward addressing the special education cross-subsidy, many school districts will face budget shortfalls.


Legislative Education Committees

MN House Education Finance Committee
Membership and Meeting Information
MN House Education Policy Committee
Membership and Meeting Information
MN Senate E-12 Finance & Policy Committee
Membership and Meeting Information
MN House Early Childhood & Finance Committee
Membership and Meeting Information
Office of the Governor
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Office of the Education Commissioner
Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker

“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

2019 Legislative Session Resources


2019 Omnibus E-12 Education Documents

AMSD Legislative Platform
The AMSD Board of Directors has identified a series of recommendations to help Minnesota reclaim its place as a national leader in education by addressing its racial and economic disparities and ensuring equitable academic outcomes—high levels of achievement—for all students.

“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.