Legislative Update – February 5, 2015

Yesterday at the Capitol

Senate Democrats held a news conference yesterday to discuss their education priorities this session. The proposal includes $500 million in new spending for child care tax credits, school facility and technology upgrades, free breakfast, vision screenings, hiring more school counselors and opportunities for high school students to earn college credit.

The college credit proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, with the goal of providing extra funds to include career and technical programs in dual-credit offerings. Clausen’s proposal would also increase funding to colleges and universities so they could provide more courses for high school students.

House Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, have said they want to focus on policy reforms to improve the existing education system rather than new spending, including proposals to update how teachers are licensed. It is anticipated that the education proposals will make their way through the legislative process once the updated February economic forecast is known.

Today at the Capitol

8:15 a.m.
House Education Innovation Policy
Room: Basement State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Sondra Erickson
Agenda: Presentations on career and technical education.

8:30 a.m.
Senate Education

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: S.F. 298-Stumpf: Temporary teaching licensure extension to initial teaching licensure authorization.

11:00 a.m.
Senate in Session

12:45 p.m.
House Capital Investment
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Paul Torkelson

Agenda: Overview of the MMB Cancellation Report

12:45 p.m.
House Education Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Jenifer Loon
Agenda: Minnesota Department of Education – Presentation on Teacher Development and Evaluation/Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System Alignment Work Group

2:00 p.m.
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development

Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff
Agenda: Minnesota PIPELINE Project 2015 Progress Report, Department of Labor and Industry
S.F. 5-Bonoff: Workforce development; employees dual training competency grants program development and appropriation.
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development – Presentations  on the Net Impact Reports for Workforce Programs and the Itasca Project’s Task Force related to Improving Higher Education

3:30 p.m.
House in Session

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, February 10

5 p.m.
Joint Meeting: Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development; House Committee on Higher Education Policy and Finance
Room: 5 State Office Building
Chairs: Sen. Terri E. Bonoff, Rep. Bud Nornes
Agenda: Recommend nominees for the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to be presented to a Joint Convention of the Legislature

Thursday, February 12
8:30 a.m.
Senate E-12 Budget Division
Room: 107 Capitol
Chair: Sen. Charles W. Wiger
Agenda: MDE reports on testing and teacher evaluation


Thank you.


Melissa Fahning
Director of Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
651-201-1757 (work) 612-483-3741 (cell)

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