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Election Wrap-Up.

It’s been a week and I have pored through the election results, both for school levies and school board elections.  There weren’t a lot of school board elections this fall as most districts have moved toward even-year, but given how school board meetings have generated considerable interest over the past year on issues related to school reopening and curricular matters, these elections were watched very closely.  There was not a lot of turnover in school

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Pandemic Pupil Loss Revenue Adjustment Finalized

Earlier this summer, Governor Walz announced that $29 million in Federal COVID relief revenue would be distributed to school districts throughout the state to partially address the drop in student counts during the 2020-2021 school year.  The count in terms of student loss has finally been verified and the revenue will be distributed through an informal adjustment in the declining pupil formula. This is certainly a funding boost and it looked at several junctures that

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More Detail on Governor’s COVID-19 Education Relief Package.

I wrote briefly last week about how the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be distributing $132 million in COVID-19 relief funds that are available to the state through the American Relief Plan (ARP) that was passed at the Federal level in March.  Here are the major funding areas of the MDE plan with the dollar amounts attached to each program within each funding area. Learning Recovery–$66 million There are no specific programs mentioned in this

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Governor Announces COVID-Relief Package.

On the same day that the Governor signed, sealed, and delivered the omnibus education funding and policy bill, he also released his plan for disbursing nearly $132 million in Federal aid that was passed through to the state as part of the American Rescue Plan, the third (and my guess final) Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a refresher, the $132 million is the 9.5% of the initial state allocation that remains after 90%

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Education Bill Passes 65-0 on the Senate Floor.

I thought I would start things off with something upbeat to commemorate the occasion and I settled on ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky.  The clouds that threatened the early days of the 2021 legislative session have vanished and a strong education bill has been passed and a government shutdown has been avoided (just in the nick of time).  While the overall budget target for the E-12 bill is not appreciably larger than recent history (especially when

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