2017 Legislature

The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) recently announced the recipients for its Outstanding Legislator of 2017 award. This year’s honorees are Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley), Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton), Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul), Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Sen. Eric Pratt (R-Prior Lake).…

Recruiting and hiring qualified teachers is one of the most important tasks facing school districts. As the teacher candidate pool in shortage areas continues to shrink, the Minnesota Legislature passed a grant program for school districts to be proactive and create a “Grow Your Own” program. This approach allows local…

Source: Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department The Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department updated its “Income Tax Deductions and Credits for Public and Nonpublic Education in Minnesota” publication in late June. Minnesota has had an income tax credit for public and nonpublic education-related expenses since 1998 and a dependent…

The Minnesota Legislature passed a law during the 2017 session to replace the Minnesota Board of Teaching with the new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is currently accepting applications for the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Serving on this important…

Source: Session Daily By Jonathan Avise Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he remains hopeful his dispute with Republican legislative leaders over funding for the House and Senate can be solved at the negotiating table, rather than the courtroom. House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said last…

Source: Session Daily By Jonathan Avise See you in court. That was the message Friday from Republican House and Senate leadership in approving a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed May 30 as part of…

Source: Session Daily By Jonathan Avise Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday he would sign into law nine budget bills that make up the state’s $46 billion, two-year budget, and would allow a $650 million tax bill to become law without his signature. But Dayton also line-item vetoed funding for the…

Source: Session Daily By Mike Cook Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the…

Source: Session Daily By Nick Longworth After weeks of negotiations over the best approach to reduce the achievement gap, lawmakers passed a compromise bill early Wednesday that they believe Gov. Mark Dayton would ultimately sign. The result is a proposal that increases overall education funding by nearly $500 million and…

The Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus Retirement Bill (SF 545) Sunday night on a 67-0 vote. The bill awaits passage by the Minnesota House. The Senate bill does not provide funding to cover the costs of the proposed employer contribution increases. See www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/Summary-OmnibusRetirementBill-2017.pdf to view a summary provided by the…

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