Hectic pace continues. The Senate Education Policy Committee was the only education-related committee that met today and they covered the Senate companion to the non-exclusionary discipline bill heard in the House last week. Divided government stunted much of what advocates of reducing suspensions and exclusion have promoted over the past few years, but with both Houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s office supportive of some measure of change, it is likely that some of the provisions (in some form) will be present in the final education funding and policy bill this session.
Complete Governor’s Budget Released Tomorrow. We have been given more than a glimpse of the Governor’s budget across a number of tax and spending areas, but the complete document with all the details spelled out will be released tomorrow. It will be a massive document and we’ve already seen that he is proposing a number of significant investments in education along with a number of improvements in other areas of children and families policies. I will be posting links to the documents when they become available at the Minnesota Managment and Budget website along with any insight I can glean from the documents. Stay tuned.