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Not the Twilight Zone (but Close).  As reported yesterday, the text of the omnibus education finance bills in both the House and Senate were released yesterday and I posted them along with a spreadsheet showing the change-items in HF 5237.  Below are another set of documents:  summaries of both bills and the change-item spreadsheet from SF 5252. Revising the timeline I posted yesterday, testimony will be taken in both the House and Senate tomorrow (Tuesday) with

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As Promised–Senate Omnibus Education Finance Bill

Senate Education Finance Bill Posted.  It’s fresh off the press (or whatever the internet equivalent to that is), but here is the text to the Senate omnibus education finance bill:  SF 5252.  No spreadsheet available as yet.  Should be coming tomorrow.

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Fast and Furious Week Starts Now!

House Education Policy Bill Clears House on Party-Line Vote.  The Minnesota House of Representatives passed SF 3567–the omnibus education policy bill–last Thursday evening on a party-line vote of 69-61 after four hours of deliberation on the bill.  Several amendments went on the bill, most notably an amendment sponsored by Representative Tabke to allow a set of southwest metropolitan school districts to publish their official notices on their district websites due to the closing of rhe local

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Bigger Bills as Education Finance Winds Down

Senate Education Finance Hears Governor’s Finance Bill (and Others).  The Senate Education Finance Committee wrapped up its week early hearing a slate of bills including the Governor’s education finance bill.  There is very little of note in the Governor’s bill in terms of funding with the sole appropriation 0f $2.8 million to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to create an online licensing system, some shuffling in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program, and movement of some

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Education Policy Bill Passes off Senate Floor

A Bit of a Slog, but Education Policy Bill Passes in Senate.  It took several hours and the offering of fourteen amendments, but the Senate’s 2024 Omnibus Education Policy bill (SF 3567) passed the full Senate on a party-line vote of 35-31 on Tuesday afternoon.  The fourteen amendments ran the gamut and six were adopted, but mostly centered on creating greater flexibility for school districts in view of the array of new programs that passed last

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House’s Turn

House Releases Its Omnibus Education Policy Bill.  The House Education Policy Committee did a walk-through of its version of the omnibus education policy bill today.  As is the case with the Senate version, the backbone of the bill is the HF 3782, the Governor’s omnibus education policy bill.  Again, like the Senate, the House committee adds a number of other bills to the mix.  Included in the bill are: HF 3959 (Virnig) Allows registered nurses to

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Governor’s Supplemental Budget Released

The Brakes Have Been Pumped. Supplemental budgets in the second year of a biennium can always be a bit of a mystery.  Last session, the Governor and Legislature made huge investments in education and a lot of other purposes along with a number of significant policy changes.  There was hope on a lot of fronts this year that there would be a healthy supplemental budget to augment some of the investments made last year, especially concerning

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Senate Omnibus Education Policy Bill Released

And Off We Go!  The Senate Education Policy Committee has posted their version of the education policy omnibus bill and will do a walk-through of the legislation tomorrow at the Senate Education Policy Committee that begins at 12:30 PM (we aren’t doing 12:30 AM meetings . . . yet).  I have not combed through the bill to identify all it contains, but the core of the bill is the Governor’s education policy bill–SF 3567 (as introduced)–with

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Important Bill for SEE Members Gets Heard Today

Centennial Superintendent Jeff Holmberg testifying in favor of Representative Matt Norris’ HF 4117 on behalf of SEE and AMSD. HF 4117 Heard in House Education Finance Committee.  The House Education Finance Committee heard Representative Matt Norris’ HF 4117 this morning and the bill has broad support in the education commuity.  The bill does three things: Increases the Local Option Revenue from the current $724/PU to $920/PU. Allows school districts to levy for the costs of Unemployment

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Policy Bill Deadline Looms. Committees Working Overtime.

SRO Bill Likely Back on House Floor Tomorrow (Thursday).  It took a detour, but HF 3489–the compromise bill aimed to get school resource officers back in school–will probably hit the House floor tomorrow.  The bill was up in the Senate on Monday and passed on a vote of 57-9.  There was an amendment attached that would have allowed school resource officers to intervene in instances where property was under threat of being stolen or destroyed.  The

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