Deal Reached on E-12 Finance Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After hours of discussion, House and Senate leaders announce they have arrived at a compromise E-12 Finance Bill. The bill directs an additional $400 million to Minnesota public schools, which includes a 1.5 percent and 2 percent increase to the per-pupil funding formula for FY16 and FY17 respectively. The new money […] Read more

Statewide Testing Failure Reaffirms Need for Legislative Action

Districts could be reimbursed for testing system failures ST. PAUL, Minn. – The student testing debacle plaguing Minnesota public schools appeared to worsen Wednesday as classroom after classroom all across the state reported problems taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA’s) test. The statewide student testing system used to administer the MCA’s test has failed repeatedly […] Read more

Senate Passes Sgt. Joseph Bergeron Memorial Highway Bill

ST. PAUL, MINN – Just over five years after Maplewood community lost Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, a veteran officer on the Maplewood Police Department for 26 years – the Minnesota Senate has voted to name a section of Highway 36 in his honor. Sgt. Bergeron was shot and killed on May 1, 2010 while responding to […] Read more

Veterans Hiring Tax Credit Passed by Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn – The Senate took a big step forward on Monday toward encouraging veteran hiring across the state of Minnesota. A provision that creates a $2,500 tax credit for businesses that hire veterans is aimed at lowering veteran unemployment rates. The state’s 370,000 veterans are finding work at better rates now than even […] Read more

Minnesota Senate Addresses Student Testing Debacle

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In a session that has already put the spotlight on the burden of too much student testing, comes a last-minute addition to the Senate E-12 Finance Omnibus Bill. This change addresses the recent failure of the statewide student testing system used to administer the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments test. In response to […] Read more

Senate E-12 Committee Unveils Robust Finance Bill

ST. PAUL, MINN – After months of testimony, the Senate E-12 Budget Division presented its Finance Bill (S.F. 811) on Wednesday to committee members and the public. The $16.88 billion bill, an increase of $361 million from the previous biennium, draws a balance between the finance proposals put forth by the Governor and the House. […] Read more