Monday, April 27, 2009

Late Day Update. The House and Senate continue hard at work on their versions of the Health and Human Services omnibus funding bill. This bill usually draws a lot of discussion and a lot of amendments and today is no exception. Both bodies are approaching hour number seven on this bill and who knows how long the discussion will continue.

Two education-related items were announced today. First, the E-12 conferees for the House and Senate have been named. They are (with links):


Representative Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville):
Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul):
Representative Nora Slawik (DFL-Maplewood):
Representative John Ward (DFL-Brainerd):
Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington):

In related news, the conference committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, starting at 4 PM in Room 200 of the State Office Building. The first meeting is used to compare the provisions in each bill by going through each bill section-by-section. In some instances, provisions where language is identical will be adopted, but there is no guarantee that will happen right out of the gate.
Surveys: Scott Croonquist from AMSD usually gathers data from his districts showing the level of cuts that will occur as a result of both bills. This year, he asked me to join him and invite SEE members to participate. Deb Griffiths e-mailed every SEE superintendent a copy of the AMSD survey to be filled out. The survery is a Word document that can be filled out and e-mailed back to me. Please do that by Wednesday, April 29, so we can present the level of cuts to the E-12 Conference Committee early in its proceedings. Thank you very much.

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