Rep. Tim O’Driscoll

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…

Source: Session Daily By Katie Spielberger Departing member Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) had aimed to “go quietly into the night” this session. But this proved impossible when his amendment to the omnibus state employee pension bill was ruled out of order. The bill, HF659/ SF588, sponsored by Tim…

Aaron Vande Linde was confirmed as the state’s School Trust Lands director at a Senate hearing held during today’s Senate Education Committee meeting. Gov. Mark Dayton formally appointed Vande Linde as director of the School Trust Lands in September 2015. Vande Linde is responsible for oversight of the more than 3.5…

Source: Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement (LCPR) met Wednesday and Thursday to hear testimony from the statewide retirement systems and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association (SPTRFA) regarding sustainability measures necessitated by improvements in public employee life spans. No action was taken on…

Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) officials and state legislators are commending Gov. Mark Dayton today for selecting Aaron Vande Linde as the state’s first School Trust Lands Director on Tuesday, September 8. Visit http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-171242 for official notification. Vande Linde will now serve as the trustee of approximately 2.5 million acres…

The House Education Innovation Policy Committee heard 12 bills Tuesday ranging from concurrent enrollment to transportation to teaching programs to data on homeless students. MSBA’s proposal to establish a teacher loan forgiveness program (HF 1170, authored by Rep. Peggy Bennett) also was introduced to the committee. MSBA lobbyists testified that…

Monday’s Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission meeting was full of action. Commission chair Rep. Tim O’Driscoll announced he will be stepping down as chair of the commission, but he will continue to be one the six House members appointed by the Speaker of the House. MSBA is thrilled that he…

The Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission held its first meeting of 2015 on Monday. Commission Chair Rep. Tim O’Driscoll welcomed new members to the commission:  Rep. Dale Lueck, Rep. Jason Metsa, Rep. Jerry Newton and Rep. Linda Slocum. (Click here for related story from the Brainerd Dispatch.) On a surprise…

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