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Keeping You Informed About Education Policy

The 2021 Minnesota Legislature is meeting in Special Session.

The 2021 Legislature began Jan. 5, 2021. It officially adjourned in May 2021, but is meeting in Special Session to complete the remaining business.

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.

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Session Brief: Constitutional Amendment on Education
The AMSD Board of Directors stands ready to help clarify and improve the proposed constitutional amendment to ensure that the Constitution makes it a paramount duty of the state to provide each and every child a quality education to ensure they attain the knowledge and skills required to successfully participate in the economy, our democracy and society.
AMSD 2021 Legislative Priorities
The AMSD Board of Directors urges the Governor and Legislature to address these priorities to help students recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, stabilize education funding, and close opportunity gaps to ensure equitable academic outcomes for each and every student.
AMSD Bill Tracker
AMSD tracks key legislation related to E-12 Education throughout the legislative session with regular updates as to the status of any bills.
AMSD Position Papers
AMSD’s Board of Directors believes that its lobbying efforts are most effective when the organization plays a role in shaping the broader public debate on K-12 issues and advocates for policies that benefit the State as a whole. The following documents are position papers about critical education policy issues.
AMSD Legislative Platform
The AMSD Board of Directors in 2020 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. Click the link below to see the 2021 AMSD legislative platform.

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 Tucci Osorio, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale

2021 Legislative Session Resources

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“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.