Bruce Lombard

MSBA is a founding member of the Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA). COSSBA is a nonpartisan, national alliance dedicated to sharing resources and information to support, promote and strengthen state school boards associations. Visit https://www.cossba.org to learn about COSSBA.

The Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) has scheduled a Federal Advocacy Webinar at 11 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday August 18. The webinar will focus on Proposed Title IX regulations and their impact on education in the United States. Participation is complimentary but limited to the first 1,000 COSSBA…

Earlier in July, the United States Department of Education announced $68 million in grants to support students through Full-Service Community Schools programs. Key Highlights: 1. FY2022 Grant Competition Brief Overview (a brief summary of the FSCS program regulations and application requirements) 2. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply (NIA): August…

Get on Board – Tips and Timelines for School Board Candidates Webinar (Recorded: Thursday, July 21, 2022) Thinking about running for a school board election seat? Interested in the work of public school boards? MSBA’s Greg Abbott runs through an orientation of the campaign process and how school board members’…

COSSBA Federal Newsletter – June 20, 2022 Budget and appropriations Last week, a group of bipartisan senators met daily to hammer out the details of a deal on gun control measures reached the previous Sunday. By week’s end, optimism on getting a bill to President Joe Biden’s desk by July…

COSSBA Federal Newsletter – June 13, 2022 Budget and appropriations Last week, lawmakers focused on issues outside of the annual appropriations process and sweeping competitiveness legislation. The House addressed gun violence via an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the need to address what the panel called “the gun violence…

The “Legislative Summary – End of Session” webinar (Recorded: June 16, 2022) was presented by the Minnesota Department of Education’s Terri Yetter (Director of the School Finance Division) and Adosh Unni (Director of Government Relations). RECORDING: Visit https://youtu.be/FvmBasdc5Ag to access a recording of this webinar.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will award $95 million in broadband grants across the state. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. August 4, 2022. Building on appropriations from both the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions, this grant…

“School Board and Superintendent Relationships Matter: Before, During and After COVID-19 (Or Any Crisis)!” Webinar (Recorded May 19, 2022) Synopsis: Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board members Michael Nelson and Stacey Ruelle, and Prior Lake-Savage Area Superintendent Dr. Teri Staloch will present the next installment of the MSBA Third Thursday Webinar Series, “School Board…

The following bills were introduced by the Minnesota State Senate April 6 to May 2, 2022. We hope that you monitor these posts, as it keeps you updated and informed about the bills under consideration that may impact school boards and school districts across the state. Whether it is a…

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