Jerry Jensen

Good evening,I wanted to give you a brief update before the holiday on what we know right now about the current state of play between the President and Congress. For background, H.R. 133 “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief],” passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday,…

Please contact your Members of Congress and urge them to reinstate the followingprovisions into the final legislation for the COVID-19 recovery package that is beingnegotiated. As of December 18, Congressional leaders are continuing negotiations andreportedly omitted these provisions that are priorities for our school boards and stateassociations:• It is urgent…

ConnectedMN is accepting applications for grants to bring tech devices, internet access, and digital learning support to students across the state. The grants are especially intended for communities most in need — including students who are people of color, students from low-income families, and students residing in rural Minnesota. The…

We publish bills every day they are introduced and 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 new mandate, or more/less funding for certain programs…

2021 MSBA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM National School Boards Action Center Alert:  Tell Congress to prioritize children and schools in the pending COVID-19 relief package.   Click here: https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fp2a.co%2feq8sqqV&c=E,1,mhhsVDbtre-JKqaCYENETpzmd8ZNMW9HvjDSp4i9kJGhZ7-eXJFYZFiCC8QpKQhAKGCVBTN0b4DCU01YZ8g3qLk8O42KFKTtXIuqAXjZim_izd2LICsoLktd&typo=1 to Advocate NOW!

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed today (Monday, December 7, 2020) as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Minnesota, in honor of the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the more than 2,400 service members and civilians who lost their lives that day. “On the 79th anniversary, we lower…

Congressional Update  Congress Returns to Looming Funding Deadline Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week following their annual Thanksgiving recess. Upon their return, they are faced with a December 11 deadline when current funding for the federal government and related programs is set to expire. Top appropriators in both chambers…

A group of centrist Senators circulated a version of COVID relief.  The group that unveiled the plan Tuesday includes Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Angus King (I-Maine) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). Some House members…

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Assessment Committee met Tuesday, September 27, at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) office in Roseville to review two pieces: draft(s) of parent opt-out forms and testing calendars. Under ESSA and 2016 state legislation, school districts are now required to disclose a testing calendar…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education According to data released today, approximately 100 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class of 2016 took the ACT college entrance exam as an 11th or 12th grader. In total, 64,145 students—an increase of 17,283 students or 37 percent over the class of 2015—took the…

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