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TWENTY-SECOND MEETING - Education Finance Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SECOND MEETING
MN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY FIRST SESSION

EDUCATION FINANCE DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Jim Davnie, Chair of the Education Finance Division, called the meeting to order at 9:45 am on March 12, 2019 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

DAVNIE, Jim
SANDSTEDE, Julie
BENNETT, Peggy
DANIELS, Brian
DEMUTH, Lisa
DETTMER, Bob
EDELSON, Heather
ERICKSON, Sondra
HUOT, John
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
KUNESH-PODEIN, Mary
MARQUART, Paul
MURPHY, Mary
NORNES, Bud
PRYOR, Laurie
RICHARDSON, Ruth
SANDELL, Steve
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

Excused:

KRESHA, Ron

A quorum was present.

Rep. Jurgens moved that the minutes from March 7, 2019 be approved. Motion prevailed.

HF 525 (Persell) Modifies a district’s transportation sparsity revenue, and establishes a pupil transportation working group.

Rep. Dettmer moved that HF 525 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report.

Rep. Persell presented HF 525.

Rep. Dettmer renewed the motion that HF 525 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 501 (Persell) Appropriates $416,000 per year for ServeMinnesota to support reading and math corps volunteers at the four tribal contract schools.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein moved that HF 501 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report.

Rep. Persell presented HF 501.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein renewed the motion that HF 501 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1100 (Kunesh-Podein) Proposes to make the higher maximum allowance of $3,230 per pupil permanent at a cost of roughly $1.7 million in fiscal year 2020, and $2.1 million in fiscal year 2021.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein moved that HF 1100 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report.

Rep Youakim moved that the A1 amendment to HF 1100 be adopted. Motion prevailed.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein presented HF 1100, as amended.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein renewed the motion that HF 1100, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1177 (Wazlawik) The base budget for the Math Corps activities is $500,000 per year. This bill proposes to raise this amount to $1,000,000 per year for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Rep. Kotyza-Witthuhn moved that HF 1177 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report.

Rep. Wazlawik presented HF 1177.

Rep. Kotyza-Witthuhn renewed her motion that HF 1177 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future K12 division report. The bill was laid over.

Presentation provided by the State Academies Bonding Projects on the Governor’s Bonding Bill.

HF 2240 (Lien) Appropriates $6 million from the state bond proceeds fund to the commissioner of education for a rant to the Moorhead school district for facilities cots to remodel a building to house a cooperative career academy. The cooperative career academy, while owned by the Moorhead school district, must be operated jointly by the Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school districts in partnership with Minnesota State and other public and private partners.

Rep. Huot moved that HF 2240 be presented before the committee; be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that it be re-referred to the Division on Capital Investment.

Vice-Chair Sandstede moved that the A1 amendment to HF 2240 be adopted. Motion prevailed.

Rep. Lien presented HF 2240, as amended.

Rep. Huot renewed the motion that HF 2240, as amended, be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that it be re-referred to the Division on Capital Investment. Motion prevailed.

HF 521 (Davnie) Appropriates an unspecified amount of state bond proceeds to fund another round of school safety grants of up to $500,000 per facility. The grants must be awarded in the same manner as the 2018 grants, except that priority is given to districts that did not receive a grant in 2018.

Chair Davnie moved HF 521 before the committee; that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that it be re-referred to the Division on Capital Investment.

Chair Davnie presented HF 521.

Chair Davnie renewed the motion that HF 521 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that it be re-referred to the Division on Capital Investment. Motion prevailed.


Testifiers:

Steve Massey, Superintendent, Forest Lake Area Schools
Chris Leinen, Business Manager, Bemidji Area Schools
Dr. Sandra Pulles, Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Innovation, ServeMinnesota
Justin Tiarks, Principal, St. Paul City School
Dr. Jane Harstad, Director, Office of Indian Education
Laurie Harper, Education Director, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Kate Lynne Snyder, Minnesota Department of Education
Dr. David Parker, Vice President of Research & Development, ServeMinnesota
Ariana Wright, Principal, Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School
Cheryl Polzin, Minnesota School Board Association, Wayzata Public Schools
Denise Dittrich, Legislative Liaison, Minnesota School Board Association
Bryan Thygeson, Superintendent, Dilwoth-Glyndon-Felton School District
Brandon Lunak, Superintendent, Moorhead Area Public Schools



The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned at 11:17 am.




______________________________________________
Representative Jim Davnie, Chair


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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

HF 525 (Persell) Pupil transportation adjustment calculation modified, pupil transportation working group provided, and report required. HF 1100 (Kunesh Podein) American Indian Tribal Contract school aid continued at its current level, and money appropriated. HF 501 (Persell) American Indian-controlled tribal contract and grant school funding provided for Minnesota reading and math corp programs. HF 1177 (Wazlawik) Minnesota math corps program funding provided, and money appropriated. HF 521 (Davnie) School safety grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. HF 2240 (Lien) Authorizing a pilot site for a cooperative career academy; requiring a report; appropriating money for a cooperative career academy school in Moorhead; authorizing the sale and issuance of state bonds. The agenda order may change and more bills may be added.

Bills Added:
  • HF525 (Persell) - Pupil transportation adjustment calculation modified, pupil transportation working group provided, and report required.
  • HF1100 (Kunesh-Podein) - American Indian Tribal Contract school aid continued at its current level, and money appropriated.
  • HF501 (Persell) - American Indian-controlled tribal contract and grant school funding provided for Minnesota reading and math corps programs, and money appropriated.
  • HF1177 (Wazlawik) - Minnesota math corps program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF521 (Davnie) - School safety grant funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF2240 (Lien) - Independent School District Nos. 2164, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and 152, Moorhead; cooperative career academy pilot site authorized, report required, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
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