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By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations There’s a new requirement in regards to elections. The filing officer of the school district must make all campaign finance reports for school board candidates available on school district’s website. The filing officer must also submit the Web link where the reports…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) — a really popular early education program in many Minnesota communities — received increased funding in 2014 Education Finance Bill. ECFE is now linked to the per pupil formula (which means funding will increase when the formula increases),…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Every legislative session has a bill or two that was amended in the 11th hour of putting the Omnibus Bill together. This year it was allowing postsecondary institutions to advertise, recruit or solicit secondary students on the financial merits. That late…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program was funded in the Jobs Article of the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill with one-time money of $20 million. The grant program will be administered through the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Eligibility for…

The Higher Education Bill included a transfer of funds of $750,000 to expand the College Possible coaching and mentoring program. The bill requires that the program increase by at least 150 students and partner with at least three high schools in 2015. College Possible is required to report to the…

Parents, lawyers and special education student athletes were successful in passing a bill during the session. This law requires the Minnesota State High School League to waive the requirement for special education student athletes to sit out a year when they transfer schools. The League responded with a proposed rule…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations This one you won’t hear reported on the five o’clock news, but it will save educational nonprofits some money and provide peace of mind. HF 3167 increases the annual limit of non-taxable fundraising sales by educational nonprofit organizations from $10,000 to $20,000,…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Did you know drivers education just got more rigorous? This will now directly affect schools along with the student drivers, parents and instructors. The number of hours required to complete drivers training just increased from 30 to 40 hours, while the number…

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations The definition of “teacher” just expanded and so did the teachers bargaining unit. In SF1722 (Chapter 247), “teacher” will now include art therapists, music therapists or audiologists licensed by the Board of Teaching or the Minnesota Department of Education.

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations In the environment bill (HF1874 – Chapter 226), there are three little talked about provisions funded through the environmental trust fund under the Environmental Education Subdivision. The first provision, Wilderness Inquiry for Urban Students, allocates $1,093,000 to the commissioner of Natural…

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