Other items mentioned by the Governor included a fix for health insurance premium sites, increased funding for higher education, long-term resources to invest in our transportation system, and a substantial bonding bill. Some of these items will obviously clash with the Legislature's vision and it will be interesting to see how these inevitable confrontations play out.
Monday Hearing. The Senate E-12 Finance Committee spent today's committee time on programs that aim to assure students are reading by the end of third grade. Testimony was also taken from groups that represent students with dyslexia and ServeMinnesota/Reading Corps. It was a very interesting hearing with lots of data presented showing what works in pursuit of the state's reading goals.
Here is a link to the materials presented at the hearing.
Senate E-12 Finance Committee--Monday, January 23, 2017, Hearing
HF 386-Kresha-Increase and Expansion of Education Tax Credit and Tax Law Changes for Businesses Providing Scholarships
HF 429-Fischer-Appropriates Money for a Research-supported Computer-based Educational Program that Uses Singing to Improve Reading Ability
SF 256-Chamberlain-Increase and Expansion of Education Tax Credit and Tax Law Changes for Businesses Providing Scholarships
SF 264-Franzen-Encourages School Districts to Implement Certain STEM Educational Programming with Grant Funding
You can see from today's introductions that it was a big day for bills relating to increasing tax deductions relating to tuition and contributions to scholarships to private schools along with an increase and expansion of Minnesota's education tax credit to make tuition payments to private schools eligible for reimbursement under the program. It is School Choice Week in Minnesota and all of these bills will be heard tomorrow in both the House and the Senate. Could be a long day with a lot of testimony.