Teacher Shortage Act

Save a date in September for a stop on the 2016 MSBA Statewide Advocacy Tour. The Advocacy Tour has 14 scheduled stops, starting Thursday, September 8, in North Mankato and Rochester — and concluding Thursday, September 22 in Cloquet and Walker. The MSBA Government Relations staff will review key wins from…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) opened up applications Thursday for the Grow Your Own Grant Opportunity. The Grow Your Own Grant is part of the MSBA-initiated Teacher Shortage Act. Per MDE: Funding is available to provide first-class city school districts and other school districts with…

With less than 24 hours until the legislative session deadline, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee unveiled its proposed education agreement late Saturday night. Voluntary pre-K, “Support Our Students” (counselors) and non-metro equity increases are the big winners. MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act had a significant presence throughout — the proposed agreement with…

In a video released May 10, MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind called on school board members and superintendents to advocate for their students on two important issues: the general education funding formula and the Teacher Shortage Act. Visit https://youtu.be/yqouhPmCEBc or click on the image below to view this video. See yesterday’s MSBA Legislative…

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.  

Source: Session Daily Increasing teacher recruitment and retention, especially for teachers of color, has been a priority for many lawmakers this session, as educators and advocates from across the state have testified to shortages of qualified teachers. Multiple measures seeking to address teacher shortages recently came in front of the…

Session Snapshot Week 4: March 28-April 1 A GLANCE AT THE WEEK Today is the first bill deadline of the 2016 legislative session. All policy bills must have had a hearing in their body of origin by the end of today. Lawmakers were out on Easter/spring holiday on Monday, so…

HF 3132 passes in House Education Innovation Policy today; moves to House Education Finance Committee Wednesday MSBA’s Teacher Shortage Act was heard in the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee this morning. Chair Sondra Erickson, chief author of House File (HF 3132), and her committee listened to several testifiers on key…

Source: Minnesota Senate Media Services YouTube channel Minnesota Senate Media Services released a Session Update video Tuesday, “Addressing the Shortage of Teachers.” Visit https://youtu.be/qcAICbTYzmY to view this video. The video includes some highlights from Tuesday’s Senate Education Committee meeting concerning the Teacher Shortage Act. The committee advanced the Teacher Shortage…

Minnesota Senate DFL leaders said ending the state’s teacher shortage crisis is one of its priorities for the 2016 legislative session during a press conference today in St. Paul. “This session we are prioritizing getting more high-quality teachers into the classroom,” said Sen. Chuck Wiger, chair of the Senate Education…

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