Bruce Lombard

“Social Media: A Guide to Safely Using it to Celebrate Your School in 2022” Webinar (Recorded February 17, 2022) Synopsis: You might be ready to give up on trying to celebrate your school district on social media because of the divisive world that we live in, but not so fast!…

Compiled by the MSBA Government Relations staff Last autumn, Congressional lawmakers were unable to find agreement on full-year funding for the current 2022 federal fiscal year (FY22) which began on October 1, 2021. Since that time, Congress has passed a series of short-term funding extensions of current fiscal year 2021…

In mid-December 2021, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) selected Minnesota to participate in the Fiscal Year 2021 Direct Certification with Medicaid Demonstration Project beginning in 2022-2023 school year. The goal of this project is to expand direct certification of children receiving Medicaid benefits to receive free and reduced priced school…

Minnesota public school districts are eligible to apply for the Solar for Schools Grant Program. Established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2021, the Solar for Schools Grant Program is designed to stimulate the installation of solar energy systems on Minnesota K-12 public schools (and colleges and universities) while using the opportunity to…

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be hosting a series of public virtual listening sessions, from December 15, 2021, to February 3, 2022, regarding the new broadband deployment grants that are being made available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The announcement is…

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden, Governor Tim Walz has directed all United States and Minnesota flags at all state buildings in the state of Minnesota to be flown at half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Thursday, December 9, 2021, to remember, mourn, and honor the…

By the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Food and Nutrition Service) The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis continues to be bigger than any other we’ve seen in our lifetimes. It has disrupted our daily lives as well as supply chains and operations across the economy and across the world. USDA…

On November 15, President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R.3684). The new law provides $1.2 trillion in total funding over 10 years, including $550 billion in new spending during the next five years. The new funding includes $284 billion for the nation’s surface-transportation network and…

ESO Communications consultants Susan Brott, APR, and Julie Thannum, APR, will facilitated the “The Fires are Burning and The Waves are High: Best Practices for Responding to Your Critics” webinar on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Synopsis There have always been critics of public education, but the current politicized climate has…

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently posted the legislative text and summaries of nine funding bills for fiscal year 2022, including legislation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The announcement and legislation are available here at https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/chairman-leahy-releases-remaining-nine-senate-appropriations-bills. The following details funding levels proposed for select…

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