Sen. Eric Pratt

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…

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…

The Senate Education Committee heard two bills related to teacher licensure Thursday before a packed house of testifiers. Both bills — Sen. Terri Bonoff’s SF 97 and Sen. Eric Pratt’s HF 2 (co-authored in the House by Rep. Jenifer Loon) — were laid over for future committee discussion and possible…

MSBA’s Denise Dittrich and more than a dozen school officials testified Wednesday in support of two separate bills proposing a boost in education spending for Minnesota public school students. Sen. John Hoffman’s MSBA-drafted SF 163 and Sen. Greg Clausen’s SF 541 were both introduced during Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee meeting.…

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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