Senate Education Policy Committee Hears School Discipline Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Monday, the Education Policy Committee heard testimony on legislation that would create a more holistic approach to school discipline practices (SF 183). Chief author Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley) spoke alongside other testifiers in support of the bill, which places limits on when and how schools may discipline students by excluding them from scheduled recess time and encourages districts to adopt a growth-oriented approach to students who don’t meet educators’ behavioral expectations.

Senator Bonnie Westlin Speaks Out Ahead of Special Education Funding Hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Tuesday, Education Finance Committee member Senator Bonnie Westlin (DFL-Plymouth) spoke on the DFL’s legislative priorities for education this session, alongside Senator Mary Kunesh, chair of the Education Finance Committee; Senator Steve Cwodzinski, chair of the Education Policy Committee; and several of their DFL colleagues from both committees: Senators Alice Mann, Clare Oumou Verbeten, and Heather Gustafson.