Senate Education Policy Committee. The Senate Education Policy Committee met today and on the top of the agenda was the confirmation of Dr. Willie Jett for the post of Minnesota Commissioner of Education. Commissioner-designees during Governor Walz’ first term always had the proverbial Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads, especially during the pandemic when a number of commissioner-designees had to make tough–and often controversial–decisions, because the Senate was controlled by Republicans and the Senate has confirmation authority over the Governor’s choice of commissioners. Any perceived side-step put the Governor’s picks under the microscope and, as a result, few were confirmed. Given the Senate is now controlled by the same party as the Governor and the length of the Senate’s four-year term coincides with that of the Governor, it’s most likely that all of the Governor’s picks to lead the state agencies will be confirmed this session.
The committee also heard bills relating to allowing American Indian regalia and other ceremonial items at graduation ceremonies and further testing for lead in school drinking water.
Bill Introductions–Monday, January 3o