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Wednesday Conference Committee Wrap-Up

Mental Health and Special Education Discussed.  The House had the gavel today and covered two issue areas that are featured in the House version of the omnibus education funding and policy bill.  It was the first meeting of the conference committee where the committee had to return for an early evening session to complete testimony that time prevented from being heard during the morning session.  The House bill makes considerable investments in a variety of mental

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Side-By-Side Covered in Education Funding and Policy Conference Committee

Tuesday’s Conference Committee Proceedings. The Education Funding and Policy Conference Committee did the annual ritual of comparing the provisions in House’s and Senate’s respective bills by going through what is called a side-by-side comparison with staff from each body describing the various provisions that comprise their body’s version of the omnibus education funding and policy bill.  As has been stated a number of times, the House bill is much larger and far-reaching than the Senate

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Mental Health Discussed in Initial Conference Committee Meeting

Conference Committee Kicks Off.  The House had the gavel and so set the agenda for the first day of the 2022 education finance and policy conference committee.  The House version of HF 4300 has a number of provisions aimed at better meeting the mental health needs of students and staff.  There were a number of witnesses who outlined the problem–and stressed that mental health needs were in place prior to the onset of the COVID-19

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Conference Committee Starts Tomorrow

Education Conference Committee Starts Tomorrow.  The education conference committee begins its deliberations on HF 4300 tomorrow morning.  The bills are radically different.  The House bill spends $1.2 billion in the coming fiscal year on a variety of initiatives, most notably an investment in addressing the special education cross-subsidy.  Conversely, the Senate bill has a $30 million appropriation that is solely dedicated to providing extensive professional development to teachers to increase literacy scores for Minnesota students.  I

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Big Bills Coming Together

It’s deadline week for the major tax and appropriations bills to pass out of their respective committees.  Below is a brief synopsis of the major educaiton and tax bills highlighting major provisions contained in them. I will start with the House omnibus tax bill–HF 3669.  Article 4, Sections 1 and 2 are education-related initiaties that are supported by SEE and a broad range of other education organizations.  Section 1 would make all cooperative facilities eligible

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