The Friday Chat Room

The virtual Friday Chat Room — which one school board member called the “fastest half hour of the week” — offers MSBA members the opportunity to have an informal discussion with MSBA’s Government Relations team (Denise Dittrich and Kim Lewis) from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. each Friday during the legislative session. Denise and Kim will provide a legislative update, field members’ questions, and let you know what’s happening at the state Capitol in St. Paul.

New this year, the Friday Chat Room Plus will make its debut from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1. The Friday Chat Room Plus is an extra session that will be more conversational for members on the first Friday of each month.

2024 Friday Chat Room Schedule and Recordings

Email invitations will be sent to members at least one day before each meeting. If you can’t locate your email invitation, please contact MSBA’s Bruce Lombard to request the Zoom meeting link.

February 2024

Friday, February 16, 2024: Access recording (Topics: A big-picture overview of the 2024 legislative session, the SRO bill, and the school lunch bill.)

Friday, February 23, 2024: Access recording (Topics: SRO bill, four-day school week bill, modifications to the Earned Safe and Sick Time bill, and more.)

March 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024: Access recording (Topics: State budget forecast, an update on the SRO bill, Governor Walz’s education policy bill, and more.)

Friday, March 8, 2024: Access recording (Topics: SRO bill update, potential budget bills, election-year dynamics, Governor Walz’s policy bill update, and more.)

Friday, March 15, 2024: Access recording (Topics: SRO bill update, education budget targets, omnibus education policy bills, and more.)

Friday, March 22, 2024: Access recording (Topics: READ Act update, governor’s budget, House and Senate omnibus education policy bills, school board vacancies in omnibus elections bill, open meeting law update, and more.)

April 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024: Access recording (Topics: Education budget targets for fiscal years 2024-2025, Senate omnibus education policy bill (SF 3567) passes with amendments, Governor Walz’s education bill (HF 5237), and House finance bills and Senate finance bills, and more.)

Friday, April 12, 2024: Access recording (Topics: Education budget target, constitutional amendment; Earned Safe and Sick Time Bill (ESST), House Omnibus Education Policy Bill with amendments, Compensatory Hold Harmless Bill, Cardiac Emergency Response Bill, and Elections Omnibus Bill with school board vacancy provision.)

Friday, April 19, 2024: Access recording (Topics: Updates on the Election Omnibus Bill, the House and Senate Finance Omnibus Bills, and labor bills.)

May 2024

Friday, May 3, 2024: Access recording (Topics: Pensions omnibus finance bill, K-12 Conference Committee Update, Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP) bill, Paid Family, and Earned Safe and Sick Time).

Friday, May 10, 2024: Access recording

Friday, May 17, 2024: Access recording

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