Wednesday Report. It was another day of reports and introductions in the two Education-related committees that met today. The House Education Finance Committee heard a report from the Minnesota Department of Education's Data Center and the Senate E-12 Finance Division heard a presentation from out-going fiscal analyst Eric Nauman. Eric has been promoted to the lead fiscal analyst position within the Senate. The Senate E-12 Finance Division's fiscal analyst duties will now be assumed by newcomer Jay Willms. The research analyst position is also manned by a staff newcomer, Bjorn Arneson. Ann Marie Butler remains the committee legal counsel.
I really want to compliment Eric for all his hard work over the years and his presentation today was well done and thorough. I will try to obtain a copy to post on the website, as the information contained in the powerpoint was presented in a straightforward manner and didn't let the details of the E-12 funding system bog it down.
MSBA Conference. I'm hoping to make my way to Minneapolis tomorrow for the MSBA conference. It's always great to see board members and administrators from SEE member districts at the conference and I hope there is a long enough break in the legislative action for me to get over there.