STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION FINANCE
Chair, Representative Paul Marquart
Representative Selcer, Chairing the Committee on Education Finance, called the meeting to order at 8:15 AM, February 21, 2013 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Woodard, GOP Lead
Slocum, Vice Chair
A quorum was present.
Representative Radinovich moved both sets of minutes from February 19, 2013 be approved.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Representative Marquart moved HF630 (Marquart) Education; funding provided for early childhood and family, prekindergarten through grade 12, and adult education, including general education, education excellence, special programs, facilities and technology, nutrition, accounting, libraries, early childhood education, prevention, self-sufficiency and lifelong learning, and state agencies; and money appropriated.
Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius explained the department's mission, vision, goals, and welcomed input on Governor Dayton's proposed funding for education.
An explanation of the provisions of HF630 was provided by Kevin McHenry and Tom Melcher of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Members' questions and comments were addressed throughout the bill presentation.
Public testimony on HF630 was provided by the following individuals:
Scott Croonquist - Association of Metropolitan School Districts; Sue Abderholden - National Alliance on Mental Illness; Tina Armstrong - Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented;
Chris Richardson - Minnesota Association of School Administrators; Grace Keliher - Minnesota School Boards Association; Brad Lundell - Schools for Equity in Education; Connie Hayes - Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District; Jan Ormasa - Minnesota Administrators for Special Education; Dan Pyan - Minnesota Association of School Business Officials; Jim Bartholomew - Minnesota Business Partnership; Tom Pritchard - Minnesota Family Council;
Jan Alswager - Education Minnesota; Roger Aronson - Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association and Minnesota; Association of Secondary School Principals; Ron Solberg - Consortium for Lake Superior Area Schools.
CHAIR SELCER LAID OVER HF630 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN AN OMNIBUS EDUCATION FINANCE BILL.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 AM.
Representative Paul Marquart, Chair
Joe Gould, Committee Legislative Assistant