Thursday, May 09, 2013

Education Conference Committee Begins.  The Senate/House conference committee that will work out the differences that exist between the two versions of the 2013 omnibus education funding bill began its work this morning.  While there are differences within the bills, there is nothing here that probably cannot be overcome rather easily once the budget targets are set.  The committee has spent the first few hours of the meeting going through the competing bills and highlighting differences that exist.  These differences are relatively minor and it's important to remember that both bills contain:

  • A commitment to voluntary all-day kindergarten.
  • Revenue going to the general education formula instead of special education.
  • Similar provisions on student assessment largely based on the work of the assessment working group convened by the Minnesota Department of Education last summer.

For those of you who want to see the differences in the bill, here is a link to the side-by-side summary.

Link:  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/bs/88/HF0630.pdf

Deb and I will keep you posted on the conference committee's progress.

Tax Conference Committee Continues.  It's important to remember that the Senate tax bill also contains significant property tax relief for school districts and those provisions are on tap to be discussed at some point today.  I will keep you posted on this important matter.

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