Thanks to the efforts of legislators like Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) and his Senate colleagues – 3,300 four-year-olds will have a better opportunity to succeed in school this fall. This week Governor Dayton announced the schools receiving pre-K funding from the $25 million investment passed this session. Both of Sen. Hoffman’s school districts are receiving funds; the grant size and the number of students served are listed below:
Nearly 50% of kids in Minnesota are not prepared to enter kindergarten and statistics show that children who are not fully prepared are 25% more likely to drop out of school and 60% more likely to never attend college. Proponents of the increases believe these investments will have a major impact on closing the state’s achievement gap and improving Minnesota’s future workforce and economy.
Narrowing the Achievement Gap
Early Learning Scholarships: Senator Melisa Franzen carried legislation to expand Minnesota’s Early Learning Scholarship program. WATCH: Our Kids, Our Future, Our Investment
Early Childhood Family Education Program: The Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. Offered through Minnesota public school districts, ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth. Related: Early Childhood Family Education
School Readiness Aid: Kindergarten is an important time of transition for children and parents. School Readiness is a public school program available to Minnesota children, age 3 years to kindergarten to help preschoolers enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning. Related: School Readiness Program
Investing in Proven Programs
Minnesota Reading Corps: The Senate DFL passed legislation this session to provide an additional $2 million to help the Reading Corps deploy an additional 90 members and serve 2,700 more students. A total of 30,300 Minnesota students could benefit as soon as next year. WATCH: Is Minnesota Reading Corps Worth the Investment?
Promise Neighborhood Program:
Northside Achievement Zones:
English Language Learner Program: The Senate DFL passed legislation this session to encourage school districts to teach reading and writing in students’ native languages and English at the same time.
The Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure, co-chaired by Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) and Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) will be discussing key recommendations next Thursday, July 21. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in room 1200 of the Minnesota Senate Building. Study group members will begin by addressing the question of which agency is responsible for what activities involved in issuing teacher licenses.
Teacher training and development The teacher training law passed on a bipartisan basis in 2011, but no funding was appropriated to help districts implement the new system. Minnesota’s schools cannot achieve their goal of training the world’s best workforce without effective, professional educators who are supported throughout their careers. This bill would have dedicated $10 […] Read more
Public school students, teachers, and families across Minnesota are poised to benefit from the Senate’s education policy bill. The bill addresses a wide variety of issues, including four key policy areas: teacher quality and safety student discipline better testing practices streamlining report requirements for schools Teacher quality and safety: The policy bill calls for the […] Read more
Addressing the state’s teacher shortage problem, investing in early education, and student support services all featured prominently in the legislature’s negotiated supplemental education bill, which serves as a commitment to our students and our state’s future workforce. The bill invests $78 million in one-time money in 2017, with $25 million of that dedicated to pre-K. […] Read more
Initiatives addressing the state’s teacher shortage problem, investing in early education and student support services, and investing in the need-based State Grant Program are featured prominently in the Senate’s $148.2 million education and higher education budget articles that passed last Thursday.
Public school students, teachers and families across Minnesota are poised to benefit from the Senate’s passage of the Education Policy Bill.
Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) has been one of the legislature’s strongest advocates for Minnesota’s students and teachers since his election. In the Senate’s Education Budget Division, this year’s Supplemental Budget Proposal includes several of Sen. Dahle’s bills, which are designed to improve student learning, address the state’s teacher shortage, and enhance teacher training and development.
Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) has championed getting more school counselors into Minnesota schools for years. Wednesday morning, the Senate education committee unveiled its 2016 budget bill which includes $13 million for school counselors as well as several other provisions chief authored by Sen. Kent.