Rep. Jenifer Loon

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 Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate have named the chairs of their education committees for 2017-2018. In the House, Rep. Jenifer Loon will again serve as the chair of the House Education Finance Committee. Likewise, Rep. Sondra Erickson will return to head the House Education Innovation Policy…

Source: Session Daily By Katie Spielberger Although few members had read all of the 599 pages of the supplemental budget bill before it appeared on the House Floor Sunday, the bill was passed 95-39 with just over an hour left in the 2016 legislative session. HF2749, sponsored by Rep. Jim…

The MSBA Government Relations staff reiterated the priorities of Minnesota school board members in a letter sent last week to two legislative education committee chairs. In a letter to Rep. Jenifer Loon (chair of the House Education Finance Committee) and Sen. Chuck Wiger (chair of the Senate Education Committee), MSBA…

The Minnesota House of Representatives has named its conferees for the supplemental budget bill. Those conferees are: Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud) Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) The Minnesota Senate is expected to name their conferees soon. See http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=10195…

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the House Omnibus K-12 and Higher Education Bill (HF 2749) Monday night on an 84-46 vote. The House Floor session began at 4 p.m. Monday, and as many of you know, there is virtually no public access to the floor. Rep. Jim Knoblach sponsored…

  Rep. Jenifer Loon (House Education Finance Committee chair), Rep. Sondra Erickson (House Education Innovation Policy Committee chair) and Rep. Bud Nornes (House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee chair) are scheduled to discuss the House Omnibus K-12 and Higher Education Policy and Finance Bill (HF 2749) today at 1:30 p.m.…

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