MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act gets a lot of attention in conference committee

MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act gets a lot of attention in conference committee

BlogPostPhoto5-22-2016

Rep. Jim Knoblach (center) and Sen. Richard Cohen prepare for Saturday’s supplemental spending bill conference committee meeting.

With less than 24 hours until the legislative session deadline, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee unveiled its proposed education agreement late Saturday night.

Voluntary pre-K, “Support Our Students” (counselors) and non-metro equity increases are the big winners.

MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act had a significant presence throughout — the proposed agreement with student teachers in shortage areas receiving $2.8 million, loan forgiveness getting $2 million, and the “Grow Your Own” program receiving $5 million. “The Grow Your Own” program would help paraprofessionals (or others) obtain a bachelor’s degree and work in a school district in order to pursue a teaching career.

There were 29 provisions that were $1 million or less — and the majority of those are one-time appropriations. See a related story from Session Daily (“Supplemental budget coming together one piece at a time”) for more information:

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=10305

 

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