Sen. Chuck Wiger

The Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure began their second meeting — held Tuesday, August 23, in St. Paul — with testimony from stakeholders. The testimony consisted of strong opposition to consolidating the governance models for licensure of superintendents and teachers. Other testimony challenged the recommended Draft Model for Tiered…

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…

A glance at Week 9 of the Legislative Session: May 2-6 This week had some history-making, conferees were named, and we are steps closer to the end of the 89th Minnesota Legislature. There are 18 days until session ends. We will take you through this week’s results … The House had an informal…

The Minnesota Senate has announced that the following senators will serve on the supplementary budget bill conference committee: Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) The conference committee could hold its first meeting as early as Monday,…

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…

The Minnesota Senate passed the Senate Omnibus Education Policy Bill (SF 2744) on a 51-9 vote Wednesday night. Sen. Chuck Wiger, who introduced the bill, said the teacher shortage crisis was one of the top priorities. Sen. Wiger said he was especially proud of the work the Senate Education Committee…

A recording of the April 11 edition of the “Monday Morning Coffee with the Government Relations Team” conference call is now available via the audio player below. During this conference call, MSBA’s Grace Keliher and Kimberley Dunn Lewis discussed: a bill that would increase the funding formula by 1 percent, the results…

Sen. Katie Sieben brought forward a school-based, voluntary, four-year-old prekindergarten program bill designed to prepare students for kindergarten. Sen. Sieben presented the bill (SF 3095) during the Senate Finance Committee’s E-12 Budget Division meeting held Wednesday. MSBA and other education stakeholders have been working with the Senate since the last…

The first deadline of this 2016 legislative session was last Friday. All policy bills needed to have a hearing in their house of origin in order to be considered for advancement. With the policy bills completed, we now move toward the finance bill deadline — and the attention has definitely…

Source: Minnesota Senate Media Services YouTube channel Sen. Chuck Wiger, chair of the Senate Education Committee, addressed Minnesota’s teacher shortage “crisis” during an interview posted Monday with Minnesota Senate Media Services. Please see https://youtu.be/uskrwEKmNv4 to access this interview.  

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