District to receive $2.2 million in pre-K funding

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:

Legislative Study Group on Educator Licensure moves forward with recommendations

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.

Education bills that did not pass

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

Education policy omnibus

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

E-12 Education budget

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