Sen. Alice Johnson

On Wednesday, the Senate spent more that six hours debating the omnibus education funding and policy bills. The Senate Education Finance Omnibus bill (SF 811 — authored by Sen. Chuck Wiger) took the major part of the floor session. Amendments included reallocating proposed funding to add more money on the…

The Senate Education Committee and the House Education Finance Committee both heard public testimony Wednesday regarding their respective omnibus education finance bills. During both hearings, public school officials and advocates were unanimous on one issue: the general education funding formula increases offered by both chambers for the next biennium was…

In the House … The House Education Innovation Policy Committee began a discussion Tuesday on a teacher licensure bill (HF2) introduced by Rep. Jenifer Loon (Eden Prairie). This proposal aims to streamline the licensure process for out-of-state educators and encourage reciprocity, assist teacher applicants who are unable to pass Minnesota’s basic…

In the Senate Senate E-12 Education Committee Chairman Chuck Wiger and other DFL senators talked to the press Wednesday about their education agenda for 2015. They highlighted seven education investment priorities: Technology funding to meet the needs of every classroom in the state. Sen. Wiger has authored bills (SF18, SF45 and SF78)…

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