The committee also heard Representative Drew Christensen's special education task force bill--HF 2846--and Representative Linda Runbeck's HF 3013. HF 3013 would require teachers renewing their licenses to receive training toward implementing strategies to help students suffering from dyslexia.
The Senate Education Finance Committee convened at 3 PM. The Monticello squad reprised its testimony from the House in supporting Senator Bruce Anderson's companion to HF 2877, SF 2522. The committee also heard from the College Board on the Khan Academy and the PSAT/SAT tests. The day was rounded out with further discussion of Senator Carla Nelson's SF 2754, the school safety bill that would provide additional aid to school districts for facility and personnel upgrades related to school safety.
Bill Introductions (Not Even the State of the State Address can stop the Continuing Onslaught)
SF 3268--Eichorn--Modifies innovation research zone pilot project.
SF 3302--Kent--Provides a complaint procedure for certain pupil dismissals.
SF 3312--Relph--Clarifies immoral character or conduct by a teacher.
SF 3315--Eichorn--Requests Legislative Auditor to compare revenue generation and spending between school districts and charter schools.
SF 3335--Ruud--Authorizes online learning providers to generateonline learning aid for courses offered to nonpublic pupils.
SF 3338--Bigham--Resurrects January 15 teacher negotiation deadline.
SF 3340--Pappas--Increases funding for Grow Your Own teacher preparation programs.
SF 3343--P. Anderson--Modifies definition of a textbook.
SF 3351--Rest--Requires budget forecast surplus to be dedicated to reducing special education cross-subsidy.
SF 3353--Franzen--Appropriates money for after-school and summer STEM programming.
SF 3368--P. Anderson--Authorizes fund transfer for Minnetonka School District.
SF 3369--P. Anderson--Authorizes additional facilities levy for Hopkins School District.
SF 3370--P. Anderson--Creates process by which district and charter school programs may be combined.
HF 3739--Erickson--Provides for an academic balance policy.
HF 3796--Loon--Authorizes Commissioner of Education to award school safety facility grants to school districts.
HF 3797--Haley--Increases safe schools revenue and equalizes the safe schools levy.
Interesting Article from The New Republic. It seems like every day a national magazine publishes an article related to education, especially in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. Here's the latest from The New Republic. Be forewarned: left-leaning.