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TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING - Education Finance Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SIXTH 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 9:47 am on March 21, 2019 in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

DAVNIE, Jim
SANDSTEDE, Julie
KRESHA, Ron
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

A quorum was present.

1711 (Youakim) Modifies requirements relating to transportation of homeless students with individualized education programs, and enrollment of a student in foster care. Allows a district to consider community’s religious observance when determining school calendar, and to begin school year before Labor Day in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Modifies definition of “textbook”. Requires a school district to take control of extracurricular activities. Modifies grant requirements. Makes technical changes.

Rep. Youakim moved that HF 1711 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Youakim presented HF 1711.

Rep. Youakim renewed the motion that HF 1711 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 2401 (Davnie) Eliminates an obsolete reference to the student achievement levy (which has been repealed), and corrects an incorrect cross-reference.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 2401 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 Taxes.

Chair Davnie presented HF 2401.

Chair Davnie renewed the motion that HF 2401 be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that is be re-referred to the Division on Taxes. Motion prevailed.

HF 1133 (Acomb) The first division engrossment creates a grant program to defray the costs of deploying solar energy systems on school buildings. The grant funds a lease purchase project under which an investor pays for the initial deployment of the solar energy system and the school district makes annual payments under a purchase payment agreement. When the investor has exhausted the financial benefits of the project (tax credits, depreciation, etc.) the school district purchases the investor’s remaining financial interest in the system and terminates the agreement.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 1133 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Acomb presented HF 1133.

Rep. Pryor renewed the motion that HF 1133 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 692 (Poppe) Allows a district to include in its extended time hours the hours of instruction provided to students participating in particular career and technical education programming outside of the regular school day.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 692 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Poppe presented HF 692.

Chair Davnie renewed the motion that HF 692 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 73 (Gunther) Allows a school district to include in its extended time hours the hours of instruction provided to students participating in a career and technical or science, technology, engineering, or math course outside of the regular school day, whether or not those hours are provided as part of SAAP.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 73 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Gunther presented HF 73.

Rep. Davnie renewed the motion that HF 73 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 246 (Bennett) Establishes a grant program for school districts that have a vocational enrichment program that operates outside of the regular school day. Requires the commissioner to prioritize grants to districts operating programs in particular pathways. The grant amount formula is based on the extended time revenue formula.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 246 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Bennett moved that the amendment to HF 246, DE1, be adopted by the committee. Motion prevailed.

Rep. Bennett presented HF 246, as amended.

Chair Davnie renewed the motion that HF 246, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

Testifiers:

Cristina Parra, House Research
Liz Lucente, Program Director, MnSEIA
Michael Thalhimer, All Energy Solar
Braden Solum, iDeal Energies
Joseph Brown, Superintendent, Fairmont Area Schools
Bob Bonin, Welding Instructor
Andrew Traetow, Vocational Principal

Additional Testifiers:

Cam Winton, Dorsey/Xcel
Rick Heller, Advocate

The meeting of the Education Finance Division was recessed at 11:24 am.

The meeting of the Education Finance Division was reconvened to order at 6:30 pm in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 1133 be moved to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that it be re-referred to the Division on Energy and Climate. Motion prevailed.

Rep. Sandstede moved that the minutes from March 20, 2019 be approved. Motion prevailed.

HF 292 (Kunesh-Podein) Appropriates funds for Girl Scout councils providing programming to underrepresented, under resourced girls in kindergarten through grade 12, including programming related to healthy relationships; science, technology, engineering, and math; financial literacy; college and career readiness; and leadership development and service learning. The bill requires the grantee to report on expenditures and outcomes of the programs.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein moved that HF 292 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein presented HF 292.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein renewed the motion that HF 292 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 2531 (Sandell) Appropriates $500,000 in fiscal year 2020 and in fiscal year 2021 for a grant to the Minnesota Council on Economic Education to provide professional development to teachers implementing graduation standards related to economic education, and to support direct-to-student ancillary economic and personal finance programs.

Rep. Sandell moved that HF 2531 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in future division report.

Rep. Sandell presented HF 2531.

Rep. Sandell renewed the motion that HF 2531 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 683 (Marquart) Amends the eligibility requirements for members of the committee, allows the council to be funded through appropriations to the Minnesota Alliance with Youth, and appropriates $375,000 each year for the activities of the council.

Rep. Marquart moved that HF 683 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Marquart presented HF 683.

Rep. Marquart renewed the motion that HF 683 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1107 (Fischer) Appropriates a total of $425,000 for the 2020-2021 biennium for grants to support water conservation programming in Minnesota schools. It designates two grant recipients; H2O for Life, and Independent School District No. 624, White Bear Lake. The bill also includes funding for competitive grants to schools to implement a water conservation curriculum and co-develop a central platform to connect volunteers, water education professionals, curricula, and other resources to school districts across the state.

Rep. Huot moved that HF 1107 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Fischer presented HF 1107.

Rep. Huot renewed the motion that HF 1107 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1335 (Huot) Appropriates $200,000 per year for grants to the Minnesota Principals Academy.

Rep. Kresha moved that HF 1335 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Huot presented HF 1335.

Rep. Kresha renewed the motion that HF 1335 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1416 (Murphy) Appropriates $125,000 per year to the Minnesota Center for the Book for statewide programming related to the Minnesota Book Awards. The Minnesota Center for the Book is a state-affiliate center of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Rep. Murphy moved that HF 1416 be presented before the committee.

Rep. Murphy presented HF 1416.

Rep. Murphy renewed the motion that HF 1416 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 696 (Layman) Appropriates $31,000 in fiscal year 2020 and in fiscal year 2021 for a grant to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids.

Rep. Kresha moved that HF 696 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Layman presented HF 696.

Rep. Kresha renewed the motion that HF 696 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1380 (Kunesh-Podein) Appropriates $250,000 in fiscal year 2020 and in fiscal year 2021 for a grant to the African American Registry for the Teacher’s Forum. A portion of the appropriation each year is for scholarships to teacher candidates enrolled in a teacher preparation program at a named postsecondary institution.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein moved that HF 1380 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein presented HF 1380.

Rep. Kunesh-Podein renewed the motion that HF 1380 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

HF 1016 (Carlson, A.) Appropriates $75,000 in fiscal year 2020 for a grant to the Works Museum located in Bloomington.

Rep. Youakim moved that HF 1016 be presented before the committee; be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report.

Rep. Carlson presented HF 1016.

Rep. Youakim renewed the motion that HF 1016 be laid over for possible inclusion in a future division report. The bill was laid over.

Testifiers:

Jasmine Graves, Program Director, Girl Scouts ConnectZ
Hudda Abadi, ConnectZ Participant, John Marshall High School
Liana Tessum, Girl Scout ConnectZ
Julie Bunn, PhD, Executive Director, Minnesota Council on Economic Education
Adam Rushmeyer, Minnesota Council on Economic Education
Emily Anderson, 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Blaine High School & University of
Minnesota College in the Schools
Kori Redepenning, Minnesota Alliance with Youth
Hufsa Ahmed, Minnesota Youth Council
Saja Osman, Student, Eden Prairie
Sara Paul, Assistant Superintendent
Lindsay Mosso, Teacher, Sunrise Park Middle School
Sophie Davis, Student, White Bear Lake Area High School
D.J. Ingram, Student, White Bear Lake Area High School
Dr. Katie Pekel, Principal in Residence, University of Minnesota & Director of the Minnesota
Principals Academy
Mercedes Walker, Assistant Principal, South High School
Melissa Sonnek, Principal, Edgerton Elementary School
Beth Burns, President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library & Minnesota Director of
the Center for the Book
Ray Nikkel, President, Children’s Discovery Museum
John Kelsch, Director, Children’s Discovery Museum
Benjamin Mchie, Executive Director, African American Registry
Julie Landsman, Chief Curriculum Author, Teacher’s Forum Lesson Plans
Meg Thomas, African American Registry
Jill Measells, Chief Executive Officer, The Works
Sarah Curtis, The Works


The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned at 9:00 pm.



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Representative Jim Davnie, Chair


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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant


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Agenda:

HF 292 (Kunesh-Podein) Girl Scouts River Valleys ConnectZ program grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated. HF 683 (Marquart) Minnesota Youth Council grants made, and money appropriated. HF 1107 (Fischer) Race 2 Reduce water conservation programming in schools grant funding provided, and money appropriated. HF 1335 (Huot) Minnesota Principals Academy grant provided, and money appropriated. HF 1416 (Murphy) Minnesota Center for the Book programming funding provided, and money appropriated. HF 1016 (Carlson, A) Bloomington Works Museum grant authorized, and money appropriated. HF 696 (Layman) Grand Rapids Children's Discovery Museum funding provided, and money appropriated. HF 1380 (Kunesh-Podein) Teacher preparation funding directed, report required, and money appropriated. HF 2531 (Sandell) Minnesota Council on Economic Education grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

Bills Added:
  • HF292 (Kunesh-Podein) - Girl Scouts River Valleys ConnectZ program grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF683 (Marquart) - Minnesota Youth Council grants made, and money appropriated.
  • HF1107 (Fischer) - Race 2 Reduce water conservation programming in schools grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1335 (Huot) - Minnesota Principals Academy grant provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1416 (Murphy) - Minnesota Center for the Book programming funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1016 (Carlson) - Bloomington Works Museum grant authorized, and money appropriated.
  • HF696 (Layman) - Grand Rapids Children's Discovery Museum funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1380 (Kunesh-Podein) - Teacher preparation funding directed, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2531 (Sandell) - Minnesota Council on Economic Education grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
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00:39 - HF1711 (Youakim) Omnibus Education Policy bill. - Walk-through with House Research. 39:54 - HF2401 (Davnie) General education aid modified. 42:01 - HF1133 (Acomb) Solar energy systems installation on school buildings by school districts grant program established, account and a reserve account created, and money appropriated. 1:13:03 - HF692 (Poppe) Pupils enrolled in career and technical education courses extended time use expanded. 1:30:32 - HF73 (Gunther) Pupils enrolled in career and technical education courses extended time use expanded. 1:32:00 - HF246 (Bennett) Vocational enrichment program established, and money appropriated. The Division recessed. Runs 1 hour, 37 minutes. No video available of the reconvening.