Career and Technical Educator Licensure Task Force Report
The House Education Finance Committee devoted its time slot to continuing its review of the Governor's budget proposal with special attention given to special education funding. The committee spent Wednesday's hearing listening to perspectives on special education funding and policy and it took the next step today in dissecting Minnesota's special education funding formula. Minnesota's special education funding formula is fairly complex due to the fact it's a combination of the "old" cost-reimbursement formula and the "new" pupil-weighting formula.
The Senate Education Policy Committee split its time between Representative Paul Utke's SF 468, a bill that requires a personal learning plan for students who are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade. Reaction to the bill is a bit mixed. No one objects to the goal of having all students reading at grade level by third grade and the bill's language mirrors the compromise that was struck between the legislators and the school community last spring. This provision was not contained in the final bill last year so it is being run up the flag pole again. This was the bill's initial hearing and Chair Eric Pratt promised that there will be ample opportunity for all viewpoints to be heard before the bill moves forward.
The committee then turned to the report of the Student Discipline Working Group. Convened over the summer, the group tussled with a number of difficult issues. For those who were hoping for earth-shattering recommendations, there aren't any here, but that doesn't mean that the work isn't impressive. There is a call for more support staff (social workers, psychologists, counselors, and nurses) and continued work on the concept of "willful" when determining student behavior that merits suspension.
Here is a link to the working group report.
Student Discipline Working Group Report
SF 517-Senjem-Amends Definition of Public Employee to Include Replacement Employees who Serve more than 60 Days as a Replacement Teacher or Faculty Member
SF 552-Chamberlain-Regulating Disposition of Schoolhouses and School Sites Following Schoolhouse Closings