Carla Nelson

The House-Senate Conference Committee for the Omnibus E-12 Education Finance Bill (HF 2400) is scheduled to have its first meeting 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Room 5 of the State Office Building. The State Office Building is located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in St…

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).…

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…

Source: Session Daily By Jonathan Mohr Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed five omnibus budget bills Friday, outlining objections that included funding shortfalls during a time of surplus and controversial policy provisions in a series of veto letters and urging the Legislature to continue its work as the 2017 session nears its…

Source: Session Daily By Lee Ann Schutz The House repassed the conferred omnibus education finance bill Tuesday in a 72-59 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), the bill now moves to the Senate with Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) as the sponsor. The nearly $18.58 billion proposal would increase…

Source: Session Daily By Nick Longworth After weeks of debate over the best way to reduce the achievement gap through early learning opportunities, House and Senate conferees agreed on a proposal supporters say would provide increased funding for schools, but opponents warn falls short of intended objectives. Sponsored by Rep.…

Source: Session Daily By Nick Longworth With the fate of voluntary pre-kindergarten programs across the state to be determined, a House-Senate conference committee met Wednesday to discuss details in proposed legislation that has split lawmakers down the aisle this session. A conference committee meeting detailed the differences in the two…

Earlier this month, commissioners from state agencies recently raised their concerns to legislative leaders regarding the omnibus budget bills. The memos — that likely reflect Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget preferences — included: Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius writing Sen. Carla Nelson and Rep. Jenifer Loon over the education omnibus bill —…

By Nick Longworth, Session Daily Approved as amended by the House Education Finance Committee Friday, the omnibus education finance bill now heads to the House Taxes Committee. Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) sponsors HF 890. The bill would increase the General Education Basic Formula funding by 1.5 percent over the…

The Senate E-12 Finance Committee examined a bill Monday that would provide an increase to the education funding formula. Committee chair Sen. Carla Nelson’s SF 1556 would increase the basic per-pupil formula allowance by 2 percent in each of the next two years. This would equate to $6,188 per pupil…

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