The bill has similar themes as the House Omnibus Education Innovation Policy Bill (HF 1591), but with one stark difference — the Senate bill does not include the House bill’s changes to unrequested leave of absence (ULA) process.
Proposed changes can be categorized into these topics:
- Teacher development
- Concurrent enrollment and Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
- Early childhood education
- Special education
- Student discipline
- School calendar
- World’s Best Workforce reporting
- American Indian Education Act
- Charter Schools
MSBA is pleased that the Senate bill would allow school boards to authorize Flexible Learning Year programs without the approval of the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education and would also allow school boards to start the school year on September 1 for the 2015-16 school year only. In addition, MSBA appreciates the attention that the bill gives to teacher licensure — most specifically to requiring a streamlined process for out-of-state teaching candidates.
However, we are disappointed that the modifications to the unrequested leave of absence provisions are not included in the Senate bill.