STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-SEVENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETIETH SESSION
EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE
Representative Loon, Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:04 P.M. on March 22th, 2018 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
LOON, Jenifer, Chair
BENNETT, Peggy, VC
DAVNIE, Jim, DFL Lead
A quorum was present.
Representative Kresha moved that the minutes of March 21, 2018 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF1708 Knoblach, Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota programming expansion grant authorized, report required, and money appropriated
Representative Loon moved HF1708 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
Representative Loon moved the H1708A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Representative Knoblach testified on HF1708, as amended.
Additional testifiers on HF1708, as amended:
John Smith, Promise Neighborhood Board Chair
Representative Loon laid over HF1708, as amended, for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later date.
HF3354 Haley, Education partnership program modified, and future grant priority established.
Representative Loon moved HF3354 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Haley testified on HF3354.
Additional testifiers on HF3354:
Muneer Karcher-Ramos, Director of St Paul Promise Neighborhood
Rasheda Jenkins, Parent of a student at Northside Achievement Zone
Representative Loon laid over HF3354 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further ac-tion at a later date.
HF3796 Loon, School Safety facility grants authorized for school districts to enhance safety for students and staff, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Representative Loon testified on HF3796. Fred Nolan, Minnesota Rural Education Association, also testified on HF3796.
Representative Loon laid over HF3796 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further ac-tion at a later date.
HF3206 Fenton, Grow Your Own pathways to teacher licensure program funding increased, and money appropriated.
Representative Loon moved that HF3206 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Fenton testified on HF3206.
Additional testifiers on HF3206:
Lauria Cathay, Principal, St Paul Public Schools
Elizabeth Thao, Graduate, Grow Your Own and Teacher, Bruce Vento Elementary School
Mario Luna, Graduate, Grow Your Own and Teacher, Humboldt Community School
Representative Bennett assumed the gavel at 1:53 P.M.
Representative Bennett laid over HF3206 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later date.
HF3594 Koznick, Increase Teachers of Color Act strengthened; percentage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers increased above four percent and percentage of diverse teacher can-didates above ten percent by 2020; report required; and money appropriated.
Representative Bennett moved that HF3594 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
Representative Koznick testified on HF3594.
Additional testifiers on HF3594:
Violeta Hernandez Espinosa, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs
Kevin Coons,, Student, Lakeville South High School
Roberta Hernandez Rasmusen, Elementary Teacher Roseville School District #623
Kimberly Colbert, Steering Committee Member, Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color
Adosh Unni, Minnesota Department of Education
Representative Bennett laid over HF3594 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later date.
HF3887 Moran, Northstar Digital Literacy upgrade funding provided, and money appropriated.
Representative Mariani moved that HF3887 be re-referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Representative Mariani testified on HF3887.
Additional testifiers on HF3887:
Rebecca Ryan, St Paul Public Library
Tom Cytron-Hysom, St Paul Public Library
Representative Bennett laid over HF3887 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill or for further action at a later date.
The Education Finance Committee was adjourned at 2:39 P.M.
Representative Jenifer Loon, Chair
Dorene Kainz, Committee Legislative Assistant