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Minnesota Legislature
2017-2018 Regular Session

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING - Education Finance

March 16, 2017

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION

EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Loon, Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:02 P.M. on March 16th, 2017, in Room Five of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

LOON, Jenifer, Chair
BENNETT, Peggy, VC
DAVNIE, Jim, DFL Lead
ANSELMO, Dario
ERICKSON, Sondra
JURGENS, Tony
KRESHA, Ron
MARIANI, Carlos
MARQUART, Paul
MORAN, Rena
MURPHY, Mary
NORNES, Bud
PETERSON, Roz
POSTON, John
SANDSTEDE, Julie
SCOTT, Peggy
SLOCUM, Linda
SMITH, Dennis
THEIS, Tama
THISSEN, Paul
WILLS, Anna



A quorum was present.

Representative Bennett moved that the minutes of March 15th, 2017 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF654 Drazkowski, Reverse referendum for property tax levies allowed.

Representative Loon moved that that HF654 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes

Representative Drazkowski testified on HF654.

Additional testifiers on HF654:
Gary Amoroso, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Scott Croonquist, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Grace Keliher, Minnesota School Boards Association

Representative Loon renewed the motion that HF654 be re-referred to the Committee on Taxes. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1663 Erickson, Alternative teacher preparation and compensation programs modified, Teacher Shortage Task Force created, concurrent enrollment teacher program, expanded, report required, and money appropriated.

Representative Erickson moved that HF1663 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Erickson moved the H1663A5 amendment with technical corrections. THE MO-TION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Erickson testified on HF1663, as amended.

Additional testifiers on HF1663, as amended:
Denise Dittrich, Minnesota School Boards Association
Gary Amoroso, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Mary Koslig, Teach for America
Jonathan Hamilton, The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in MN
Paul Spies, The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color, Metro State College
Cyndy Crist, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Yodit Tesfaye, CUE Program Assistant, Augsburg College
Dr Sally Baas, Southeast Asian Teacher Licensure Program, Concordia

Representative Erickson renewed the motion that HF1663, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

HF1997 Kresha, Early learning scholarship program child eligibility modified, early learning scholarship program administration modified, targeted home visiting grant program for high-risk populations established, and money appropriated.

Representative Kresha moved that HF1997 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Kresha testified on HF1997.

Representative Kresha moved the H1997A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDENT WAS ADOPTED.

Additional testifiers on HF1997, as amended:
Traneicia Sylvester, Parent of children who are scholarship recipient
Barb Fabre, Director of White Earth Child Care, Early Childhood Program
Daniel Gumnit, Executive Director, People Serving People
Ali Zomer, American Childcare Association
Stacey Stout, Education Policy Director, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Jim Bartholomew, Minnesota Business Partnership
Adosh Unni, Governmental Relations, Minnesota Department of Education

Representative Kresha renewed the motion that HF1997, as amended, be laid over for possible in-clusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

HF1382 Nornes, Regional public library systems state aid formula modified; funding increased for regional public library systems and multi county, multi type libraries, and money appropriations.

Representative Nornes moved that HF1382 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Nornes testified on HF1382.

Additional testifiers on HF1382.
Ken Behringer, Director, Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Ann Walker Smalley, Director, Metronet

Representative Nornes renewed the motion for HF1382 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

HF1338 Thissen, Third-party reimbursement for special education evaluation modified.

Representative Thissen moved that HF1338 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Thissen testified on HF1338.

Mary Gilbert, Saint Paul Schools, testified on HF1338.

Representative Thissen renewed the motion that HF1338 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

HF1217 Kiel, State reimbursement for each school lunch served increased by five cents.

Representative Theis moved that HF1217 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Theis testified on HF1217.

Additional testifiers on HF1217:
Representative Deb Kiel
Noah Atlas, Anoka-Hennepin Schools
Rachel Valesano, Owatonna Public Schools ISD 761

Representative Loon renewed the motion that HF1217 be laid over for possible inclusion in an om-nibus bill or for further action at a later time.

The Education Finance Committee recessed at 2:56 P.M.

Representative Kresha reconvened the Education Finance Committee at 5:22 P.M.

HF2259 Loon, Early education access fund established, director of early education and develop-ment established, enhanced coordination of early education and development programs provided, early education resources hubs authorized, report required, early education programs transferred to the director of early education and development, and money appropriated.

Representative Loon moved that HF2259 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Loon moved the H2259DE6 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Loon moved the H2259A4 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Loon testified on HF2259, as amended.

Additional testifiers on HF2259, as amended:
Ericca Maas, Executive Director, Close Gaps By 5
Stacey Stout, Education Policy Director, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Jim Bartholomew, Education Director, Minnesota Business Partnership
Dr. Karen Cadigan, Board Member, Close Gaps by 5
Cisa Keller, Director of Early Childhood Quality Development, Think Small
Gayle Kelly, Executive Director, Minnesota Head Start Association
Michelle Bedor, Early Childhood Supervisor, Eastern Carver County School District #112
Clare Sanford, Minnesota Childcare Association
Hue Nguyen, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education

Representative Loon moved that HF2259, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

HF1491 Loon, Early learning scholarship program administration modified, and commissioner prohibited from designating scholarships for use in predetermined qualifying program.

Representative Loon move that HF1491 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Loon testified on HF1491.

Additional testifiers on HF1491:
Hue Nguyen, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
Eva McDew, Partnership Coordinator, Parents in Community Action
Laura Gilkey, Head Start Director for Scott, Carver and Dakota County
Dr. Monica Potter, Program Director, Robbinsdale Early Learning Programs, Minnesota Community Education Association, Minnesota Family and Early Childhood Association

Representative Loon renewed the motion that HF1491 be laid over for possible inclusion in an om-nibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Loon assumed the gavel at 7:42 P.M.

HF1684 Sandstede, School readiness program appropriations increased.

Representative Sandstede moved that HF1684 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

Representative Sandstede testified on HF1684.

Dr. Monica Potter, Program Director, Robbinsdale Early Learning Programs, Minnesota Community Education Association, Minnesota Family and Early Childhood Association also testified on HF1684.

Representative Sandstede renewed the motion for HF1684 be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later time.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.




Representative Jenifer Loon, Chair




Dorene Kainz, Committee Legislative Assistant



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Agenda:

HF1338 (Thissen) will be heard pending referral to the Education Finance Committee. HFXXXX(Jurgens) will be heard pending referral to the Education Finance Committee. Additional Bills may be added.

Bills Added:
  • HF1997 (Kresha) - Early learning scholarship program child eligibility modified, early learning scholarship program administration modified, targeted home visiting grant program for high-risk populations established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1338 (Thissen) - Third-party reimbursement for special education evaluation modified.
  • HF2259 (Loon) - Early education access fund established, director of early education and development established, enhanced coordination of early education and development programs provided, early education resource hubs authorized, report required, early education programs transferred to the director of early education and development, and money appropriated.
  • HF1217 (Kiel) - State reimbursement for each school lunch served increased by five cents.
  • HF1663 (Erickson) - Alternative teacher preparation and compensation programs modified, Teacher Shortage Task Force created, concurrent enrollment teacher program expanded, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1491 (Loon) - Early learning scholarship program administration modified, and commissioner prohibited from designating scholarships for use in predetermined qualifying programs.
  • HF1382 (Nornes) - Regional public library systems state aid formula modified; funding increased for regional public library systems and multicounty, multitype libraries; and money appropriated.
  • HF1684 (Sandstede) - School readiness program appropriations increased.
  • HF654 (Drazkowski) - Reverse referendum for property tax levies allowed.
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