Education Boost of $300 Million Wins Senate Approval

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>>FURTHER DISCUSSION HOUSE FILE 890 SENATOR TOMASSONI. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT MEMBERS I’M COMMENTING ON THE BILL ITSELF I DO BELIEVE SENATOR NELSON HAS PUT TOGETHER AFFAIR BILL HERE AND IT’S PROBABLY WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE $300 MILLION TARGET AS GOOD AS THE BILL COULD BE I HAVE TO TELL YOU I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED IN THE E 12 COMMITTEE WHEN I HEARD SENATOR NELSON SAY THAT 2% INCREASE IN THE FORMULA WAS ESSENTIAL AND SHE WAS THE CHIEF AUTHOR THE BILL THAT INCREASE THE FORMULA BY 2% AND WAS HOPING WE COULD GET THE 2% BECAUSE THAT WAS THE GOVERNOR’S RECOMMENDATION ALSO AND I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED WE DIDN’T GET TO THE 2% I REALIZED 2 PERCENT IS $371 MILLION AND THIS PARTICULAR BILL PUTS ABOUT $274 MILLION ON THE FORMULA OF ITS ALMOST $100 MILLION DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU GO FROM 1.5% UP TO 2 PERCENT I THINK IN THIS PARTICULAR BUDGET WHERE WE HAVE THE SURPLUS THAT WE HAVE AND THE GOVERNOR’S RECOMMENDATION WAS OVER $700 MILLION IN EDUCATION FINANCE AND EDUCATION FUNDING AND THIS IS A $400 MILLION LESS THAN WHAT THE GOVERNOR RECOMMENDED IDLY THIS BILL CAN BE BETTER AND ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I’M DISAPPOINTED ABOUT IS THE SMALL SCHOOLS FUNDING WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. SENATOR NELSON HAS SAID SEVERAL TIMES SHE’S PROUD TO CORRECT THE BEST WAY TO GET MONEY TO THE SCHOOLS IS TO THE FORMULA OF AND IT’S THE FAIREST WAY AND BY I WILL TELL YOU BECAUSE SMALL SCHOOLS HAVE SMALL POPULATIONS OF STUDENTS WHEN MONEY DOES GO ON A FORMULA TO GET A SMALLER AMOUNT OF THE MONEY AND THE SMALL SCHOOLS A PROBLEMS OF DECLINING ENROLLMENT MAP SMALL ENROLLMENT THE AMOUNT OF DEBT PER PUPIL IS NOT AS HIGH AS YOU GET IN BIGGER SCHOOLS SO THE EQUITY WITHIN THE EDUCATION IS WINNING WHEN WE DO THIS ON A FORMULA. I DID OFFER THE AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE TO THE SENATOR DAHMS CREDIT HE CAME UP WITH AN AMENDMENT THAT ACTUALLY FUNDED THE SMALL SCHOOLS FORMULA BUT IT WAS TAKING PETER TO PAY PAUL AMENDMENT AND IT WAS MUCH LIKE THE AMENDMENT SENATOR CLAUSEN HAD TODAY AND THE OBJECTIONS WERE THE MONEY WAS COMING OUT OF SOME SCHOOLS TO GO TO OTHER SCHOOLS AND IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL ITSELF I FELL TO THERE WAS MORE IN A MONEY FOR US TO NOT ONLY DO THE 2% BUT ALSO TO THE SMALL SCHOOLS AND THAT WOULD HELP EVERYONE BECAUSE A SMALL SCHOOLS IN A LITTLE BIT MORE IN ADDITION TO THE 2%. UNFORTUNATELY IS NO SMALL SCHOOLS FUNDING IN THE BILL AND THE 2% IS NOT IN THE BILL ITS AT 1.5% AND ITS ABOUT 100 IN DOLLARS LESS FOR THE SCHOOLS THAT COULD BE GOING TO THE SCHOOLS OUGHT TO THINK THIS IS A FAIR BILL AND I THINK SENATOR NELSON IS DONE A GOOD JOB OF PUTTING THE BILL TOGETHER AS WELL AS SENATOR PRATT I THINK THIS BILL COULD BE WAY BETTER AND I’M HOPING AND COMES BACK FROM CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WITH BETTER I’M HOPING IN THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE GOVERNOR MAKE THIS BILL WAY BETTER AND FOR THAT REASON I’M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT I WANT TO RISE AND GIVE AN>>SENATOR GAZELKA. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT I MOVE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE ROLL CALL BE DISPENSED WITH AND THE SERGEANT BE INSTRUCTED TO BRING IN THE ABSENT MEMBERS. >>ON THAT MOTION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED THE MOTION DOES PREVAIL. PLEASE STAND FOR THE PRIOR. TODAY’S CHAPLAIN IS THE REV. MCDONALD FROM CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ST. PAUL FOLLOWING THE PRAYER PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. >>>>GOOD MORNING. GOD WHAT A CURIOUS WAY YOU HAVE OF BRINGING LIFE AND HOPE OF WORKING OUT PEACE AND JUSTICE OF SHOWING COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR ALL YOUR CREATION YOU WORK THROUGH US OUR HANDS OUR VOICES OUR MONEY OUR IDEAS, SINCE IT DOES NOT ALWAYS SEEM TO BE SO GOD OF WISDOM BE IN MORE MINES AND IN OUR UNDERSTANDING LOVING ONE BE IN OUR HEARTS AND GIVE US COMPASSION, FAITHFUL ONE BE IN OUR HANDS AND FEET THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR DAILY WORK NOT TO BE IN OUR EYES AND EARS AND GIVE US INSIGHTS MERCIFUL ONE THE IN OUR PLANS BE OUR HOPE. GOD WE HAVE DECISIONS TO MAKE WE OFTEN ASK YOUR GUIDANCE AS WE DO NOW BUT THEN WE EXPECT WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE OUR DECISIONS WITHOUT COMPLETELY KNOWING YOUR WILL. WE WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE RESULTS AND HOPE THAT YOU CAN TO GIVE US THE WISDOM WE NEED THE CONFIDENCE TO THE SIDE AND THE COURAGE TO ACT GUIDE ME IN OUR PRESENT AND GIVE US THE FUTURE DEMAND. >>I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. >>THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL.>>. . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . . . .ROLL CALL OF SENATE MEMBERS. . . >>A QUORUM IS PRESENT. MOVING TO THE SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS EXECUTIVE AND OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS THERE’RE SEVERAL PRINTED ON TODAY’S AGENDA ON PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THOSE THERE’S NO ACTION NECESSARY MOVING TO THE EIGHTH ORDER OF BUSINESS INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING OF SENATE BILLS THEY’RE PRINTED ON TODAY’S SENATE BILL INTRODUCTIONS THERE ARE 223 07 AND 2308 THEY WILL BE REFERRED AS INDICATED FIRST READING MOVING TO THE NINTH ORDER OF BUSINESS MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS THERE ARE SEVERAL PRINTED THERE’S ONE PRINTED ON TODAY’S MOTION IT WILL BE ON TODAY’S AGENDA WILL BE TAKEN AS ONE MOTION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. SENATE RESOLUTION 69 WILL BE REFERRED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE REMAINING UNDER MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS SENATOR GAZELKA. >>MADAM PRESIDENT, PURSUANT TO RULE 26 I DESIGNATE THE FOLLOWING BILL BE MADE ESPECIAL ORDER FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION HOUSE FILE 890 MEMBERS IT’S ON YOUR DESK. >>WE WILL MOVE TO GENERAL ORDERS #136 THE BILL IS THE HOUSE FILE 890 SENATOR NELSON. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT. MEMBERS BEFORE I START TALKING ABOUT HOUSE FILE AT 890 OR OUR SENATE FILE 718 IT THERE’S US AN IMPORTANT ITEM OF BUSINESS WE DO NEED TO TAKE CARE OF HERE TODAY. THAT IS THANKING THE STAFF WHO HAVE WORKED SO TIRELESSLY AND COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE FOLLOW ALL OF THE GUIDELINES THE BUDGET RULES MOST IMPORTANTLY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE CAN BE THE VERY BEST AND DO THE VERY BEST WE CAN PUT THE FUN IS THAT WE’VE BEEN ALLOCATED TO MAKE SURE ALL OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE A GREAT EDUCATION READY FOR THEIR TOMORROWS. I WOULD PARTICULARLY LIKE TO THANK 1ST THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE THAT WOULD BE VICE CHAIR, SENATOR CHAIR RANKING MEMBERS SENATOR WIGER AND MEMBERS SENATOR DAHMS CHAMBERLAIN ANDERSON EICHORN TORRES RAY TOMASSONI AND WIKLUND. NOW TO THE UNSUNG HEROES SET OF WORK SO HARD TO PUT TODAY’S BILL TOGETHER FOR US. THE COMMITTEE ADMINISTRATOR MR. MARCUS. THE COMMITTEE LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT I HOPE SHE IS HERE SHE’S PROBABLY STILL WORKING BUT WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THESE THINGS WITHOUT HER. OF COURSE OUR SENATE COUNSEL MS. BUTLER AND MR. ARNESON THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL THOSE SPREADSHEETS. THEN OUR FISCAL ANALYST AND OUR RESEARCHERS I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR WORKING SO HARD TO PUT TOGETHER THE BILL TO TAKE WHAT’S BEEN PASSED OUT A COMMITTEE PUT IT TOGETHER IN A BILL THAT WE BRING BEFORE YOU TODAY WITH ALL OF THE SPREAD SHEETS THAT WE WILL TELL YOU HOW AFFECTS YOUR DISTRICTS AND WHITE IT’S A GOOD BILL THANK YOU AND THANK YOU. MEMBERS TODAY WE DO HAVE WE’RE OPERATING OFF OF THE HOUSE FILE 890 BUT MEMBERS YOU’LL FIND AS YOU LOOK, YOU’LL FIND ITS SENATE FILE 718 ITS THE SECOND ENGROSSMENT. IT BEGAN AS THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL THE E 12 PROPOSAL THE EDUCATION BUDGET, NOW IT’S IN THE FORM AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE E 12 EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE OF COURSE BUT ALSO PASSED THROUGH THE TAX COMMITTEE AND THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. MEMBERS IT DOES INCLUDE SENATE FILE MEMBER FOR A TEACHER LICENSING REFORM AND RESTRUCTURING AND THAT IS A SECTION OF ITS OWN THAT WILL HAVE SENATOR PRATT VISIT ABOUT AND IT DOES CONTAIN MOST OF THE PROVISIONS OF SENATE FILE 1222 THE OMNIBUS EDUCATION POLICY BILL WHICH SENATOR PRATT WILL DISCUSS. AS WELL AS CONTENT FROM SEVERAL OTHER SMALLER BILLS BUT IN TOTAL MEMBERS THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY CONTAINS ALL OR PARTS OF 50 INDIVIDUAL BILLS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE EDUCATION IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. FOR THE FISCAL CONSIDERATIONS THE SENATE E 12 EDUCATION TARGET AS YOU MAY KNOW IS $300 MILLION OVER THE PROJECTED BASE. COMPARE THAT TO THE HOUSE TARGET WHICH IS $258 MILLION OVER THE PROJECTED BASE OF THE HOUSE TARGET DOES REPEAL THE VOLUNTARY PRE K CAPTURING $50 MILLION OF ADDITIONAL SAVINGS MANY OF YOU IN THIS BODY WILL BE GLAD TO KNOW WE DO NOT REPEAL THE VOLUNTARY PRE K PROGRAM AND TO NOTE THE GOVERNOR’S RECOMMENDATION HAS NOW GROWN TO $179 MILLION MEMBERS OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE BILL IN FRONT OF YOU IS TARGETED TO USE TO INCREASE PER PUPIL FORMULA ALLOWANCE THAT INCREASE IS BY 1.5% AS YOU KNOW THAT IS WHAT YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS LIKE THE 1.5% PER PUPIL INCREASE FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. ONE IT’S FAIR TO ALL STUDENTS IF THE SAME MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE OR WHAT YOUR ZIP CODE IS PERHAPS JUST AS IMPORTANT SCHOOL DISTRICTS APPRECIATE THIS TYPE OF FUNDING BECAUSE IT’S THE MOST FLEXIBLE IT’S THE TYPE OF FUNDING AT SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN USE TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS IN THEIR DISTRICT IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN MY DISTRICT COURT IN THE SENATOR PRATT DISTRICT COURT SENATOR WIGER DISTRICT BUT THE PER PUPIL FUNDING GIVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS. IN CONTRAST YOU’LL KNOW IT’S THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL AS ABOUT HALF OF HIS PROPOSAL IS FOR THEIR PER PUPIL INCREASE AND IN THE HOUSE THEIR PER PUPIL INCREASE IS THAT 1.25% THE GOVERNOR DOES AS I SAID INCREASE THE PER PUPIL INCREASE BY 2% THE SENATE BILL ALSO FULLY FUNDS THE FOLLOWING INCREASES. FORECAST OF ITEMS OF ENROLLMENT GROWTH THERE’S 35,000 ADDITIONAL NEW STUDENTS THAT WILL BE COVERED IN OUR EDUCATION BILL THAT’S ABOUT IT $350 MILLION PRICE TAG. SPECIAL EDUCATION GROWTH IN NUMBERS AND THE SERVICES WILL GROW BY $330 MILLION OVER CURRENT SPENDING DEBT SERVICE AID WHICH HELPS DISTRICTS PAY OFF CONSTRUCTION BONDS IS ESTIMATED TO INCREASE BY $4 MILLION AND CHARTER SCHOOL LEASE AID FOR FACILITIES IS ESTIMATED TO INCREASE BY $20.4 MILLION PROJECTED INCREASES IN CONTACT HOURS FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION WILL BE COVERED AT A COST OF $4.6 MILLION AS ARE PROJECTED INCREASES IN SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAMS OF $5.4 MILLION. THE COMPLETED PHASE IN OF A NEW LONG-TERM FACILITIES MAINTENANCE AID PROGRAM YOU WILL REMEMBER SOMETHING THAT WAS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS IT WAS PASSED IN A PREVIOUS BIENNIUM BUT THE MAJORITY IT NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR OUT OF THIS COMING BIENNIUM $131 MILLION ADDITIONAL FUNDING ALSO ACHIEVEMENT AND INTEGRATION WITH INCREASED BY $40 MILLION AN ALTERNATIVE TEACHER COMPENSATION WILL INCREASE BY $12 MILLION. THE EACH WELL BUDGET FORECAST ALONE WOULD ADD $840 MILLION TO OUR BUDGET THAT WOULD TAKE IT FROM $17.4 BILLION UP TO $18.2 BILLION FOR THE UPCOMING BIENNIUM MEMBERS THAT’S ABOUT 4.8% INCREASE IN FUNDING OVER THE CURRENT BIENNIUM. SENATE FILE 718 COMBINES THAT FORECAST $840 MILLION INCREASE WITH THE SENATE BUDGET TARGET OF $300 MILLION OVER THE INCREASE FOR GROWTH FROM THIS BIENNIUM TO THE UPCOMING BIENNIUM OF $1.1 BILLION MEMBERS THAT’S A TOTAL OF $18.5 BILLION THAT’S THE 6.5% INCREASE SPENDING IN THE TALES IS AT THE SENATE TARGET OF $435 MILLION. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE SMALL SCHOOL LEVY ADJUSTMENTS $50,000 MEMBERS THE SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX FOLLOW THE FORECAST OF WHAT SCHOOLS ARE EXPECTED TO APPROVE UNDER CURRENT LAW THAT WOULD BE $2.6 BILLION IN 18 AND $2.7 BILLION AND 2019. THE 1.5% PER PUPIL IN GREECE IS $91 ON A PER PUPIL IN THE FORMULA OF IN EACH OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS BUILDING UP ON THE OTHER BECAUSE THE AMOUNT IS LINKED TO OTHER FUNDING THE RESULT IS A STATEWIDE AVERAGE GENERAL EDUCATION INCREASE OF $118 PER STUDENT AND 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR WHEN COMPARED TO CURRENT LAW. THAT WOULD BE $230 PER STUDENT IN THAT 18-19 SCHOOL YEAR WHEN COMPARED TO CURRENT LAW. AS A SAID PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE WIDE DISCRETION HOW TO USE THESE FUNDS IT GIVES THEM THE GREATEST FLEXIBILITY. AS I MENTIONED THE FORMULA ALLOWANCE INCREASE WILL ALSO TRIGGER AN ADDITIONAL $2.2 MILLION TO BOOST EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION ECFE AND NEARLY $1 MILLION FOR NONPUBLIC PUPIL AID IN A 18-19 BIENNIUM. OTHER SPENDING ITEMS IN ADDITION TO THE BUDGET FORECAST INCLUDE THESE ARE FUNDED OUT OF THE $300 MILLION THE SENATE BUDGET TARGET AS WELL AS REALLOCATIONS OF EXISTING BONDS, AND THE TARGETING OF STATE PAYMENTS FOR AZT AND S.A.T. TESTS TO SCHOOL ELIGIBLE STUDENTS ONLY SOME OF THOSE PROJECTS INCLUDE $9.3 MILLION INCREASE OVER THE BIENNIUM FOR MAKING PERMANENT THE PILOT PROGRAM MEMBERS DID YOU KNOW WE’VE HAD A 12 YEAR PILOT PROGRAM HERE THE COMPENSATORY PILOT FOR 12 YEARS IT’S BEEN A PILOT PROGRAM IT’S BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND MEMBERS I’M GLAD TO SAY THE PILOT HAS FINALLY LANDED THIS YEAR IN THE SENATE THIS PILOT PROJECT WILL NO LONGER BE A PILOT IT WILL BE PERMANENT BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT THAT DOES AND WHAT DISTRICTS AND STUDENTS THAT WILL CERTAINLY REPRESENT. THIS IS A POTTED PROJECT AS I SAID FOR 12 YEARS FOR SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHO WERE SERVING LARGE THE VERY DISPERSED NUMBER OF STUDENTS FROM LOWER INCOME FAMILIES IN OTHER WORDS THERE IN MANY DIFFERENT BUILDINGS AND THE FUNDING THE COMPENSATORY FUNDING DID NOT ALLOW FOR THAT’S BELOW ARE THE PER YEAR MONTHS I WILL TELL YOU THE DISTRICTS THAT WILL BE INVOLVED. ANOKA HENNEPIN THAT WOULD BE THE SENATOR ABELER BENSON CHAMBERLAIN AND LIMMER EATON HOFFMAN LAINE AND NEWTON. ROBBINSDALE THAT’S SENATOR EATON LATZ REST AND PAUL ANDERSON, SOUTH WASHINGTON SENATOR KENT AND SHOWN A BROOKLYN CENTER, SENATOR EATON ROCHESTER’S SENATORS GOGGIN SENJEM AND NELSON. OSSEO SENATOR PAUL ANDERSON OSMEK REST OF BEEN A MEMBER EATON AND ALBERT LEA IS SENATOR SPARKS. YOUR DISTRICTS WILL BE GLAD INSTEAD OF YOUR BY YEAR BY THE FUNDING AND THIS WILL BE PERMANENT COMPENSATORY FUNDING AND WE WILL HEAR LATER THERE MAY BE SOME MORE WORK TO DO ON THAT. THERE’S ALSO MOGREN FOR A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BREEDING OR $6 BILLION FOR THE DATABASE READING COURT AND $600,000 FOR THE MATH COURT TO YOUR SCHOOL WORK THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS THESE PROGRAMS ALSO BRING IN FEDERAL DOLLARS AS WE DISCUSSED MORE OF THIS INITIATIVE LATER ALL BE GLAD TO GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS OF THE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE SERVED THROUGH THE READING CORE AND THE MATH COURT THE NUMBERS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRALS THAT WILL BE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE EXCELLENT WORK THAT THEY DO IN CATCHING A STRUGGLING READERS EARLY AND BRING THEM TO GRADE LEVEL AND MONITORING THEM THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS AND THE AMOUNT OF SPECIAL-EDUCATION DOLLARS THAT WILL SAVE. THERE’S ALSO GRANTS TO SCHOOLS TO ENCOURAGE LOW-INCOME AND UNDERSERVED STUDENTS TO ENROLL IN A PEAK AND I P COURSES. THERE IS ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR EARLY LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE INCLUSION OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH THROUGH FIVE WITH CATALOG DISCUSSION IN THE SENATE CHAMBER ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE EARLY YEARS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND PARTICULARLY IN THOSE VERY YOUNGEST YEARS. WE HAVE INCREASED AS DID THE GOVERNOR THE CHILDREN WHO COULD BE SERVED FROM BIRTH THROUGH FIVE AND WE ADDED MORE MONEY FOR THAT $2 MILLION IN THIS BIENNIUM THE UPCOMING AND $5 MILLION IN THE TALES. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WITH OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS IS WE HAVE THEIR FUNDING THE POLICIES SPREAD OVER NUMEROUS COMMITTEES OVER DIFFERENT SILOS OVER DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT DON’T RELATE TALKED ONE ANOTHER WE CANNOT TELL HOW THE DIFFERENT FUNDING IS WORKING FOR STUDENTS BECAUSE I HAVE TO SAY WE’VE DONE A GOOD JOB OF BRINGING THIS FUNDING BUT WE REALLY DON’T HAVE A WAY TO KNOW HOW FAR IS IF IT’S WORKING AND WHAT IS WORKING BUT WE KNOW IT’S WORKING WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND THERE’S A STUDY IN HOW TO BEST COORDINATE OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDING PROGRAMS THAT ARE SPREAD ACROSS ALL THESE DIFFERENT AGENCIES WE HOPE WE COME BACK WITH CONCRETE ANSWERS SO WE CAN BETTER UNIFY AROUND HOW BEST TO SUPPORT THESE YOUNG THIS LEARNERS. AS I MENTIONED THERE’S A RESTRUCTURING OF THE STATE TEACHER LICENSURE PROGRAM SENATOR PRATT WILL ADDRESS THAT THERE’S A NUMBER OF OTHER PROVISIONS FINANCE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AND AFTER SENATOR PRATT TALKS ABOUT THE POLICY PIECES IN THE BILL AND PARTICULARLY THE TEACHER LICENSURE WHICH LET ME SAY IS LONG OVERDUE YOU MAY RECALL THE THERE’S BEEN A SKATING OLA REPORT ABOUT THAT AND LOST LAWSUIT BECAUSE OF ART TEACHER LICENSURE I APPRECIATE SENATOR PRATT TAKING THE LEAD AND HELD ON THIS AND AFTER SENATOR PRATT HAS TALKED THROUGH THOSE IMPORTANT PIECES OF A POLICY BILL I WOULD ASK MEMBERS MANY OF YOU WHO HAVE BILL INITIATIVES IN THE BILL I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THOSE INITIATIVES TO THE FLOOR AND WITH THAT MADAM CHAIR I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO SENATOR PRATT IF HE COULD ADDRESS THE POLICY ISSUES. >>SENATOR PRATT. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT THERE ARE MANY POLICY PROVISIONS BROUGHT FORWARD THAT WERE BROUGHT FORTH MANY DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS WITH MOST OF THE BILLS THAT WERE LAID OVER THE POLICY COMMITTEE BUT WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IN POLICY IS A COUPLE OF THINGS WE FOCUSED ON, WE FOCUSED ON THREE THIRD GRADE LITERACY I SPENT A LOT OF TIME DEFINING THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIP OFF RISERS’ HAVE WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE COUPLE OF KEY PROVISIONS OF WANT TO HIGHLIGHT WITH A SENATOR CLAUSEN PROPOSAL THAT WAS CALLED THE SNOW DAYS BILL ALLOWS SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO USE TECHNOLOGY TOLD SCHOOL DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER WE HAVE TECHNICAL CHANGES BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO INCREASE CROSS REFERENCES THAT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY FOR STATUTES REGARDING THE SELF ADMINISTERED IN HELLER’S SENATOR DAHMS BROUGHT FORTH THE PROVISION WHICH WILL ALLOW SCHOOL BOARDS TO RENEW FOR SERVICE CONTRACTS FOR FOUR YEARS AS OPPOSED TO THE TWO YEARS THEY CURRENTLY DO THIS WILL ALLOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO NEGOTIATE BETTER PRICES AND HAVE MORE STABILITY OF THEIR FOOD SERVICE. SENATOR GOGGIN PUT IN A PROVISION THAT REQUIRES SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PUT UTILITY CONSUMPTION INTO THE BE 3 BENCHMARKS SYSTEM TESTIMONY SAYS THIS PROCESS SHOULD ONLY TAKE ONE STAFF MEMBER ABOUT 50 MINUTES PER MONTH BUT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF SAVING DISTRICTS SIGNIFICANT MONEY. WE HAD ANOTHER CHANGE BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE PERMIT WHICH MAINTAIN STUDENTS AND FOSTER CARE PLACEMENT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING THIS WAS NECESSARY AFTER A FEDERAL DEFINITION OF HOMELESS STUDENT WAS REMOVED AND STUDENTS AWAITING FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS WERE LEFT OUT OF THAT NEW DEFINITION. WITH A PROVISION BROUGHT FORWARD BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO DELIVER REFERENDUM NOTICES BY BULK MILK INSTEAD OF FIRST-CLASS MAIL MADAM PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL OF SAVING DISTRICTS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WHEN THEY RUN REFERENDUMS WE BROUGHT BACK PROVISIONS FROM LAST YEAR’S EDUCATION BILL THAT FOCUS ON THIRD GRADE LITERACY WE HAVE CHANGES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SENATOR UTKE AND SENATOR CHAMBERLAIN ADDRESSING THE ISSUE THAT ONE IN THREE THIRD GRADERS ARE NOT PROFICIENT READERS IF WE INCLUDE SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS THE NUMBER WAS UP ALMOST ONE IN TWO MEMBERS I THINK WE CAN AGREE THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE FIRST WE ASKED SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT EVERY STUDENT BY CREATING A PERSONAL LEARNING PLAN FOR STUDENTS THAT READING PROFICIENCY BY THIRD GRADE MEMBERS THIRD GRADE IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE THAT’S THE POINT IN TIME WHEN STUDENTS GO FROM LEARNING TO READ TO READING TO LEARN THE FORMAT OF THESE PLANTS WILL BE DETERMINED BY EACH LOCAL DISTRICT IN CONSULTATION WITH THEIR TEACHERS SECOND THE BILL REQUIRES INTERVENTIONS TO CONTINUE AFTER THIRD GRADE IF STUDENTS STILL ISN’T READING BY THE TIME WE TRIED THE FIRST ROUND OF INTERVENTION WE SHOULD NOT STOP TRYING AND THIRD WE INCLUDE NEW DEFINITIONS AND CROSS REFERENCES BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE DEPARTMENT TO SUPPORT DISTRICT EFFORTS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EARLY LEARNERS THESE CHANGES CORRECT LANGUAGE THAT DIRECTS ALL STUDENTS NOT READING PROFICIENCY TO RECEIVE SERVICES PRIOR TO EVALUATION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PROMOTES A MULTI TIERED SYSTEM SUPPORTS THE GOAL IS TO CONNECT READING INTERVENTIONS IN CURRENT FUNDING STREAMS AND TO PROMOTE A MORE COHESIVE SYSTEM OF READING SUPPORT FOR ALL STUDENTS. WE ALSO HAD A SENATOR UTKE BILL THAT WAS IN LAST YEAR’S SENATE BILL WHICH REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO NOTIFY GRADUATING SENIORS IF THEY’RE NOT PROFICIENT ON THEIR MCA TESTS AND LET THEM KNOW THEIR OPTIONS BEFORE GRADUATING THIS WILL INSURE THAT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES HAVE THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO ENSURE THE STUDENT SUCCESS IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION. WE BROUGHT FORWARD TO CHANGE RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR AND THE DEPARTMENT TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT OF HAVING OF GRADE TESTING IN STATEWIDE MATHEMATICS AND READING ASSESSMENTS FOR THIRD THROUGH EIGHTH GRADES WE HAVE A SENATOR KENT BILL THAT CLEANS UP OF STUDENT DATA IS DISAGGREGATED AND ESTABLISHES 6 ROLLOUT SITES MADE UP OF PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS A SENATOR FRANZEN BILL THAT ENCOURAGES SCHOOL DISTRICT SEAT USE DSS A STEM FUNDS AND THAT’S EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT THE REPLACEMENT FOR NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND TO BEAT TO USE THOSE FUNDS TO SUPPORT ROBOTICS THE SENATOR NELSON BILL THAT STRIKES THE TRADEMARK AND GED TEST AND REPLACES THE LANGUAGE WITH THE COMMISSIONER IS ELECTED SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY AND SEVERAL OTHER CLARIFICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO ELIMINATE OUTDATED LANGUAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT. NEXT WE FOCUSED ON MORE TRANSPARENCY AND CLARITY TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHARTER SCHOOLS AND OFF RISERS’ THESE CHANGES CAME FROM A BILL I CO- AUTHORED WITH SENATOR WIGER AND SENATOR CHAMBERLAIN AND HAWJ BILL ALONG WITH THE AGENCY BILL AND WE WORKED ON THIS CLOSELY WITH THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AND IN CONSULTATION WITH THE HMONG AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP OF RISERS. POLICY PROVISIONS THE BILL HELP THE ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND REFORMIST OR AUTHORIZES OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WHICH WILL HELP BRING CLARITY TO THE AUTHORIZERS SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP AND GIVE EVERYONE A COMMON SET OF REQUIREMENTS TO WORK FROM. ADDITIONAL WOULD PROVIDE CLEAR GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL MERGERS AND OFFER RISER CHANGES THAT MAKE SURE FAMILIES ARE WELL- INFORMED ABOUT CHANGES AND SCHOOLS CAN FIND THE RIGHT CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC FIT WITH THEIR OFFER RISER. AS SENATOR NELSON MENTIONED ONE OF LARGE PORTIONS OF THE BILL INCLUDES MAJOR REFORM TO THE TEACHER LICENSURE SYSTEM IN MINNESOTA I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK SENATOR CLAUSEN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AS ALONG WITH SENATOR WIGER AND FORMER SENATOR DAHLE AND SENATOR DAHMS AND HOUSLEY WE WORKED ON A WORKING GROUP ALL SUMMER AND INTO THE FALL TAKING TESTIMONY FROM STAKEHOLDERS AND I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL . THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR REPORTED LAST YEAR THE REPORT LAST YEAR IDENTIFIED SEVERAL ISSUES WITH TEACHER LICENSURE SYSTEM AND CALLED FOR SIGNIFICANT CHANGE THE GOVERNANCE AND THE STRUCTURE OF LICENSING THIS REFORM WERE PUTTING FORWARD TODAY CONSISTS OF TWO MAJOR PARTS FIRST WE RESTRUCTURE THE BOARD OF TEACHING AND TO THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR STANDARDS AND LICENSING BOARD WITH NEW MEMBERSHIP THAT WILL PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED PERSPECTIVES FROM ADMINISTRATORS WHO ARE TEACHERS AND TEACHERS SERVING IN A SHORTAGE AREAS THIS CHANGE WILL BRING ALL LICENSURE ACTIVITIES UNDER ONE GOVERNMENT BODY THAT WILL BEAR FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LICENSING DECISIONS. THE SECOND MAJOR PART OF THE REFORM IS THE CREATION OF A TIERED LICENSING SYSTEM SIMILAR TO LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR RECOMMENDATIONS THE TIERED STRUCTURE CLEARLY DEFINES THE QUALIFICATIONS APPLICANTS MUST HAVE FOR EACH LICENSE AND PROVIDES CLARITY AND CONSISTENCY TO THE APPLICANTS. TIER ONE FORMALIZES THE CURRENT COMMITTED EXPERT WAIVER TO ALLOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO HIRE A CANDIDATE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTENT KNOWLEDGE FOR POSITION THEIR OTHERWISE UNABLE TO FILL TIER ONE GIVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS DEALING WITH THE TEACHER SHORTAGE THE ASSURANCE AND FLEXIBILITY THEY NEED TO GET QUALITY CANDIDATES INTO THE CLASSROOM. TIER 2 ALLOWS EDUCATING CANADA IS MAKING A CAREER CHANGE TO GO THROUGH A TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM AND GAINED EXPERIENCE IN THE CLASSROOM SIMULTANEOUSLY. TO ENSURES THE CANDIDATES AND PROGRAMS LIKE TEACH FOR AMERICA AND GROW YOUR OWN THE FOUR LEADING THE WAY IN TRAINING TEACHERS OF COLOR CAN BE LICENSED IN MINNESOTA. DEAR 3 IS MUCH LIKE OUR INITIAL LICENSE BUT WAS ONE VERY IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE TEACHERS TRAINED OUT OF STATE MAY BE LICENSED IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA IF THEY MEET DEFINED LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE THIS REFORM ADDRESSES ONE A MOST FRUSTRATING BARRIERS OF OUR CURRENT LICENSING SYSTEM WHICH IS WHAT THE TALENTED TEACHER IS BEING DENIED A LICENSE AND COSTLY LAWSUITS AGAINST THE CURRENT BOARD OF TEACHING AND TIER 4 IS OUR CURRENT FULL PROFESSIONAL LICENSE. THIS REFORM ALSO PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE BASIC SKILLS EXAM WHICH IS A BARRIER THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS TEACHERS OF COLOR SENATOR JOHNSON ADDED A PROVISION TO REMOVE AN OWNER’S LICENSE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS THAT FORCE IS SPECIAL-EDUCATION TEACHERS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO REMAIN LICENSED DRIVING TEACHERS OF THE LICENSE AREA ALREADY EXPERIENCING SEVERE SHORTAGES AND WE ADOPTED THE SENATOR CLAUSEN IDEA TO CREATE A CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT ENDORSEMENT THAT LED BY TEACHERS QUALIFIED TO TEACH COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS. THE TIERED STRUCTURE OF THE BILL MAINTAINS A HIGH STANDARDS WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING A VARIETY OF EXPERIENCES APPROPRIATE FOR PREPARING CANDIDATES TO TEACH. I APPRECIATE THAT SENATOR CWODZINSKI COMMENTS IN THE COMMITTEE WHEN HE SAID THIS PROPOSAL DOESN’T JUST LOOK AT THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHERS BUT ALSO RECOGNIZES THE ART OF TEACHING. MADAM CHAIR I WANT TO TAKE A QUICK MOMENT TO THANK I’M NOT SENATE AND HOUSE OF RETHINK A NON-PARTISAN STAFF AS WE ALL KNOW THEY DO A TERRIFIC JOB AND WE APPRECIATE THE TIME THEY PROVIDE THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND MR. ARONSON MISS LARSEN AND MISS BUTLER ALSO ONE THING MY COMMITTEE ADMINISTRATOR, AND MY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AS WELL. I ALSO WON A THANK THE MEMBERS OF MY COMMITTEE SENATOR KENT WHO’S BEEN GOOD TO WORK WITH, SENATOR CLAUSEN CWODZINSKI AND HOFFMAN I HAVE PROBABLY THE BEST VICE CHAIR IN THE SENATE AND SENATOR EICHORN I ALSO WANT TO THANK SENATOR DAHMS CHAMBERLAIN AND ANDERSON AS WELL FOR THEIR WORK ON THE COMMITTEE AND WITH THAT MADAM CHAIR I WILL YIELD. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION SENATOR NELSON. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT THANK YOU SENATOR PRATT MEMBERS I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A FEW OF THE MEMBERS WHO HAD FINANCE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL SPEAK TO THOSE I KNOW SENATOR ANDERSON IS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MATH CORPS IF SENATOR ANDERSON IS READY. >>MADAM PRESIDENT THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT MATH CORPS AND ALSO LIKE TO QUICKLY TALK ABOUT THE PARENT CHILD HOME PROGRAM THAT’S INCLUDED IN THE E 12 OMNIBUS BILL PATTERNED AFTER READING CORE OF THE MATH CORPS IS HELPING STUDENTS WHO HAVE FALLEN BEHIND REACHED IMPORTANT BENCHMARK OF BECOMING PROFICIENT IN MATH BY THE END OF EIGHTH GRADE. WORKING WITH PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MATH CORPS TUTORS WORKS WITH PARENTS AND STUDENTS FOR 90 MINUTES A WEEK EACH STUDENTS PROVIDED PERSONALIZED INTERVENTIONS AND THE PROGRESS IS CLOSELY MONITORED WITH BRIEF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS THAT ARE DONE ON RIGHT ABASES ABOUT EVERY FOUR- SIX WEEKS THE RESULTS AND OUTCOMES ARE CLEAR STUDENTS TO RECEIVE THE SUPPORT OF MATH CORP. INCREASE THEIR MATH SKILLS AND NEARLY TWO UNDER PERCENT OF COMPARABLE STUDENTS WHO DID NOT RECEIVE THIS TO BRING. WITH REGARDS TO THE PARENT CHILD HOME PROGRAM WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY CHAMPIONED BY MY PREDECESSOR SENATOR BONOFF IS AN EVIDENCE BASED IMPROVEMENT EARLY LITERACY SCHOOL READINESS MODEL COMMITTED TO CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP PROVIDING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH SKILLS AND MATERIALS THEY NEED TO PREPARE CHILDREN FOR KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL SUCCESS OF THE FUNDING WILL ALLOW A STUDENT TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF FAMILIES SERVED WITH THE GREATEST NEED AND HELP MORE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES TO BUILD SCHOOL READINESS WHERE IT STARTS AT HOME THANK YOU. >>SENATOR NELSON. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT JUST TO GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS ON THE READING CORE THE $3 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL SERVE AN ADDITIONAL 9200 STRUGGLING READERS SERVE 250 SCHOOLS AND PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS AND 50 LICENSED FAMILY CHILD CARE SETTINGS IT WILL SUPPORT 370 LITERACY TUTORS AND THE REASON I WANT TO BRING THIS TO YOUR ATTENTION IS THE DRAMATIC RESULTS AND SAVINGS IS IN SPECIAL-EDUCATION COSTS BASED ON RESULTS OF A MATCHED SAMPLE ANALYSIS OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS BY DR. HIGH STEAD AND DR. WHILE WE ESTIMATE OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE WILL SAVE $13.8 MILLION ANNUALLY WITH THE APPROPRIATION IN THIS BILL THE ANALYSIS SHOWS STUDENTS SERVED BY THE MINNESOTA READING CORPS WERE NEARLY THREE TIMES LESS LIKELY TO RECEIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES THAN THEIR MATCHED SAMPLE PEERS SO THIS WAS BASED ON THE PRESENTATION FROM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WE KNOW THIS WORKS AND I WANT MEMBERS TO KNOW THAT’S AN IMPORTANT PROVISION IN THIS BILL MADAM PRESIDENT WE ALSO HAVE DONE SOME GREAT WORK AROUND DYSLEXIA AND LITERACY SENATOR CHAMBERLAIN WOULD DEAL I’D LIKE HIM TO VISIT ABOUT THAT PLEASE. >>SENATOR NELSON AS A NOTE THE DON’T HAVE A DEAL TO PEOPLE YIELDING ON OUR FLOOR AND NOTE THE CONGRESS DOES IT WE DON’T WE JUST LET SENATOR CHAMBERLAIN SPEAK I WILL CALL ON HIM YOU’D HAVE TO YIELD. IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS BUT NOT AN ADMONISHMENT EDUCATING FOLKS HOW THINGS ACTUALLY DO WORK SENATOR CHAMBERLAIN. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT AND SENATOR NELSON FOR MANY YEARS THIS HAS BEEN AROUND AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES DYSLEXIA OF AND THE MOMS AND DADS AND PARENTS THROUGH GRASS-ROOTS FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD AND DECODING DYSLEXIA MINNESOTA BRANCH OF A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WORKING HARD TO BRING AWARENESS AND ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE AND HOPEFULLY SOME ACTION TO CHANGE THINGS THEY HAVE NOT ASKED FOR A LOT THEY’D ASK FOR A LITTLE OVER THE YEARS THERE HAS BEEN SUPPORT FROM THIS CHAMBER AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT AFFECTS APPROXIMATELY 20 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA STUDENTS AND WHILE IT IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE ITS L FIXABLE ISSUE IT’S MEASURABLE AND IDENTIFIABLE AND ONCE IDENTIFIED THERE ARE INTERVENTIONS THAT CAN BE USED TO FIX THAT PROBLEM SO THE STUDENTS CAN CARRY-ON SO I WILL PROBABLY MISS SOME PEOPLE BUT SENATOR NELSON SENATOR PRATT SENATOR WIGER SENATOR HAWJ SENATOR CLAUSEN AND KENT TORRES RAY AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THIS IDEA ALONG WITH MANY OTHER PEOPLE IN THE CHAMBER SO 20 PERCENT OF STUDENTS 135,000 KIDS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA IT’S NOT INSIGNIFICANT TO SOME DEGREE OF DYSLEXIA A FIGHT AND FIGHT EARLY IT CAN BE ADDRESSED IN THE KIDS WILL BE READING BY THIRD GRADE AND WITH THAT CAME THE D D M AND CAME FORWARD WITH A COUPLE OF IDEAS THIS YEAR ONE WAS A SPECIALIST WE WANTED TO PUT ONE PERSON AT THE DEPARTMENT IS WITH THE LITERACY CAME AND THAT PERSON COULD WORK WITH LITERACY TAMED TO BRING INFORMATION AND ACT AS A BROKER FOR SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ACROSS STATE TAKE NOTE IT’S NOT A MANDATE IT’S A PROFESSIONAL CARES ABOUT KIDS CARES ABOUT THESE ISSUES WORKING WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS THAT CARE ABOUT KIDS AND CARE ABOUT THESE ISSUES AS WELL IT’S NOT A MANDATE THE SPECIALIST WILL BE HIRED WITH LITERACY MONEY IS SO THE SECOND GOOD THING IS NOT GENERAL FUND MONEY IT’S A SMALL APPROPRIATION AND I BELIEVE MEMBERS THE SMALL APPROPRIATION IS ONE PROFESSIONAL WILL YIELD TREMENDOUS RESULTS TREMENDOUS RESULTS FOR THESE KIDS AND THESE PARENTS THAT HAVE DESPERATELY NEEDED THIS OVER THE YEARS SO THEY CAN AVOID PROBLEMS I WOULD SAY IN THE LONG TERM THIS TOO WILL SAVE MONEY AND HELP THESE KIDS MORE PORTLY HELP THE KIDS AND SAVE MONEY THE BILL IS FILLED WITH GOOD IDEAS NEW REFORMS AND SUPPORTING THINGS THAT CURRENTLY WORK AND THIS IS ONE LITTLE NEW THINGS I THINK WILL GET MASSIVE RESULTS AND RETURNS I THANK ALL MEMBERS WORK DONE THIS OVER THE YEARS THANK YOU CENTER IN NELSON SENATOR PRATT FOR WORKING TOGETHER AND BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR IN THIS BILL THANK YOU. >>FURTHER DISCUSSION ON HOUSE FILE 890? SENATOR DAHMS. >>PAECH MADAM PRESIDENT I WANTED TO THANK SENATOR NELSON FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS BILL LAST YEAR SENATOR WIGER STARTED A GRANT PROGRAM FOR AGRICULTURE EDUCATORS FOR THE IT SUMMER EXTENSION PROGRAM AND THAT GRANT WORKED OUT VERY WELL WE HAVE A LOT OF THE LOCAL SCHOOLS THAT APPLIED FOR THIS AND THIS ALLOWS AN EXTENSION INTO THE SUMMER FOR AGRICULTURE EDUCATORS TO WORK WITH STUDENTS ON THE FARMS AND TO HAVE THE ACTUAL CULMINATION OF WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR SO I’M VERY GRATEFUL SENATOR NELSON EXTENDED THAT FOR THIS BIENNIUM SO THESE EDUCATORS CAN CONTINUE TO DO THIS THANK YOU SENATOR NELSON. >>SENATOR WEBER. >>THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT AND SENATOR NELSON FOR THE MONEY YOU’VE INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET FOR THEIR RURAL CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONSORTIUM GRANTS ONE OF THE FIRST YEARS IN MY FIRST TERM I MET WITH VARIOUS BUSINESS LEADERS LOCAL EDUCATORS AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF MNSCU AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE SERIOUS LACK OF CAREER VOCATIONAL WORKERS IN OUR AREA AND ALSO THE LACK OF OPPORTUNITY THAT EXISTED IN TERMS OF EDUCATION. A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO OUR SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM BACK TO THE OFFERED A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR VOCATIONAL

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