The Senate companion authored by Senator Dave Senjem will be introduced on Monday.
Here is a link to the bill: HF 1381
Full Day of Committees. The education-related committees had a full slate on Thursday starting with the House Education Innovation Policy Committee at 8:15 AM. The committee covered a lot of ground and tackled a couple of bills that generated a considerable amount of discussion. At the top of the list was HF 905, Representative Kresha's bill to remove the word "willful" from suspension policy. Advocates of the bill contend it would give teachers and administrators needed tools to maintain a positive school environment while opponents believe removing the language would only serve to increase the number of minority students who are suspended from school. The debate was spirited and Committee Chair Sondra Erickson did an expert job of managing the discussion of a very emotional issue. The committee also heard Representative Haley's HF 734, a bill that would fund existing education partnerships and hopefully increase their number. Representative Gruenhagen's HF 998 was also heard. This proposal would require an outside evaluation of Minnesota's special education system and perform a cost/benefit analysis. Opponents of the legislation pointed out that Minnesota's special education system has been studied repeatedly over the past two decades and another study won't accomplish much without changes in Federal law. HF 652, Representative Kresha's bill that would allow a school district to extend a food service contract by an additional year (from three to four) was also heard. All the bills were laid over for possible inclusion in the House Omnibus Education Policy Bill.
The House Education Finance Committee heard HF 489, Representative Fenton's bill to fund the Minnesota Principals Academy. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the House Omnibus Education Funding Bill. The committee then heard presentations from a number of districts that are participating in the state's QComp program.
The last hearing of the day was the Senate Education Policy Committee. That committee heard SF 711, Senator Eric Pratt's companion to Representative Haley's HF 734 on education partnerships.
HF 1332-Erickson-Requires Student Assessment Results to be Available to School Districts and Teachers
HF 1380-Fenton-Increased Funding for Program that Assists Paraprofessionals Obtain Special Education Teaching Licenses