Senator Steve Cwodzinski Leads Senate in Passage of Education Policy Legislation  

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, May 13, Education Policy Committee Chair Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) ushered to Senate passage the conference committee report on the 2024 education policy bill (SF 3567) that supports educational excellence in Minnesota’s schools, helps educators focus their energy on the classroom, and ensures that students have access to age-appropriate books in their libraries. SF 3567 passed 35-31.

“As a former high school teacher, I’m proud to have built this legislation with the help of the educators, students, and district leaders who know our schools best,” said Senator Cwodzinski. “Public schools are the foundation of our democracy, and the students we educate today are the leaders of tomorrow. This bill ensures those students are able to explore the world with the guidance of experienced educators, develop their own points of view, and take action to make the world a better place.”

Key provisions include: 

  • Limitations on book bans that ensure library materials are reviewed and selected by trained professionals and prohibit public libraries from banning books based solely on the viewpoint, content, idea or opinion conveyed;
  • Paperwork requirement reduction for special education teachers so they can focus on helping their students succeed;
  • Protects student journalists’ free speech rights;
  • Requirement for school districts and charter schools to adopt a policy on students’ possession and use of cell phones in school by March 14, 2025, so that students have clear, consistent expectations in every classroom.

The conference committee report on SF 3567 will next be heard in the House and, if passed, will move to Governor Walz for signature into law.

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Steve Cwodzinski represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metro.

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