A lot of people helped plan the event and execute those plans flawlessly, but I think a big shout out should go to Chris Williams, the press secretary for Education Minnesota. Chris is a former reporter with the Associated Press and his expertise was vital to the event's success. It goes without saying that our friends at Parents United for Public Schools--most notably Mary Cecconi and Ann Hobbie--also did a fantastic job of mobilizing parents, which filled the room with concerned citizens, many holding signs with messages of clear concern. To make this session a success for public education, more revenue is going to be needed in the budget targets and yesterday's press conference provided a clear message to legislator outlining that concern.
Conference Committee Begins Today. The education funding and policy conference committee begins its work this afternoon. With final budget targets yet to be determined, the initial meetings of the conference committee will likely be dedicated to the adoption of language items that are the same or similar in each bill and discussing provisions that are in one body's bill and not the other's. In other words, slow going until the larger money decisions are made by leadership. I will keep you up-to-date on the proceedings.
Here are the conferees:
Senator Chuck Wiger (Chair): Bio
Senator LeRoy Stumpf: Bio
Senator Kevin Dahle: Bio
Senator Alice Johnson: Bio
Senator Eric Pratt: Bio
Representative Jenifer Loon (Chair): Bio
Representative Sondra Erickson: Bio
Representative Ron Kresha: Bio
Representative Bob Dettmer: Bio
Representative Roz Peterson: Bio