Kirk Schneidawind

Recently former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari held a summit with business and community leaders to discuss how a Constitutional Amendment could close the achievement gap. The proposed language would replace Art. XIII, Sec. 1 of Minnesota’s constitution in its entirety, and reads:…

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) today released its 2018 November Budget and Economic Forecast — which projects a $1.54 billion surplus for the state’s budget for fiscal years 2020-2021. According to MMB: Minnesota’s budget and economic outlook remains sound, despite slower growth through the budget horizon. A revenue forecast increase…

MSBA recently presented Sen. Julie Rosen (Vernon Center) and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (Sartell) with its “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award for 2018. MSBA officials honored Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll for their work during the 2018 legislative session on behalf of Minnesota’s public school students by getting the omnibus…

We want to update you on some recent news related to the Volkswagen settlement. The state of Minnesota’s share of the Volkswagen emission settlement was $47 million. Gov. Mark Dayton designated the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to manage the settlement funds, which will be spent over 10 years on…

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).…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) Wednesday issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Education withdrew its proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulation: “This is a significant victory for…

Gov. Mark Dayton rolled out his 2017 tax plan Thursday during a press conference in St. Paul, offering $300 million in tax cuts. One part of Gov. Dayton’s plan is to provide property-tax relief for Minnesota farmers. Gov. Dayton is proposing a tax credit worth $34 million for owners of…

Source: Minnesota State Minnesota State received notification December 19 that the Higher Learning Commission has approved its extension request relative to the credentialing of high school faculty teaching within concurrent enrollment programs. “This decision is good for our school districts, teachers and students,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. The…

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees met Wednesday, November 16, to hear an update that 76 percent of all instructors who teach dual-course classes in high school do not meet requirements to have a master’s degree or qualifying credits in their field. The update basically pointed to school districts paying…

The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) Board of Trustees approved a legislative proposal Wednesday, November 16, that would lower the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired teachers from 2 percent to 1 percent for 10 years and 1.5 percent thereafter. The proposal also calls for a 2 percent increase in the…

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