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2019-2020 Regular Session

THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING - Education Finance Division

March 03, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SEVENTH
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 9:45am on March 3, 2020 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
DETTMER, Bob
DEMUTH, Lisa
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.

Rep. Youakim moved that the minutes from February 27, 2020 be approved. Motion prevailed.

HF 3556 (Moran) Appropriates an unspecified amount of onetime money in fiscal year 2021 to the commissioner of MDE for grants to fund trauma-informed support programs in schools. The commissioner of MDE would select grant recipients, with the requirement that preference be given to schools within districts with large discipline disparities as identified by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. A school awarded a grant would receive $40 per pupil enrolled on October 1 of the previous fiscal year.

The Trauma-informed support programs, the specifics of which would be negotiated between the school board and teachers union, could include training on several trauma-related topics, extra professional development days, or outreach to students or families who have experienced trauma.

Rep. Youakim moved that HF 3556 be presented before the committee; be laid over for further consideration.

Rep. Moran presented HF 3556.

Rep. Youakim renewed the motion that HF 3556 be laid over for further consideration. The bill was laid over.

HF 3736 (Moran) The Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is a family education center offering a variety of literacy and cultural enrichment programs and services for children, youth, and adults.

HF 3736 proposes a gran of an unspecified amount for the NdCAD to expand culturally based programming to support literacy-based education and family stabilization. The grant must be used to expand programs in the seven-county metropolitan area and to allow the model to be scaled or replicated in two geographic areas in greater Minnesota.

Chair Davnie moved that HF 3736 be presented before the committee; be laid over for further consideration.

Rep. Moran presented HF 3736.

Chair Davnie renewed the motion that HF 3736 be laid over for further consideration. The bill was laid over.

HF 1344 (Huot) The Sanneh Foundation pogroms provide all-day, in-school, and after-school academic and behavioral interventions for low-performing and chronically absent students focusing on underserved students of color and students from low-income families. Program goals include decreasing school absenteeism, encouraging school engagement, improving student grades, and increasing graduation rates.

The 2016 Legislature appropriated $1.5 million for this program and the 2017 Legislature appropriated $1 million for expansion of the program.

HF 1344 appropriates $2 million in fiscal year 2021 to the Sanneh Foundation for additional programming and makes the funding part of the base budget for future years.

Rep. Huot moved that the A1 amendment to HF 1344 be adopted by the committee. Motion prevailed.

Rep. Huot moved that HF 1344, as amended, be presented before the committee; be laid over for further consideration.

Rep. Huot presented HF 1344, as amended.

Rep. Huot renewed the motion that HF 1344, as amended, be laid over for further consideration. The bill was laid over.

Testifiers:

Madilyn Smith, State Treasurer, Fillmore Central
Amber Serfling, Educator, Grand Rapids Schools
Jim Parry, Educator, Stewartville Schools
Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Superintendent, Robbinsdale Public Schools
Gevonee Ford, Executive Director, Network for the Development of Children of African Descent
Marvelyn Unique Tripp, Parent
Tony Sanneh, Chief Executive Officer, The Sanneh Foundation
Deana DeFoe, Chief Program Officer, The Sanneh Foundation
Teri Anne Lott, Student Teacher, The Sanneh Foundation

Additional Testifiers:

Rick Heller, Advocate

The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned 11:14am.


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Representative Jim Davnie, Chair

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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

Greetings from the Future Farmers of America - MN HF 3556 (Moran) Trauma-informed school incentive aid HF 3736 (Moran) Network for the Development of Children of African Descent program grant HF 1344 (Huot) Sanneh Foundation programs funding made permanent Other items may be added to the agenda.

Bills Added:
  • HF3556 (Moran) - Trauma-informed school incentive aid funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3736 (Moran) - Network for the Development of Children of African Descent program grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1344 (Huot) - Sanneh Foundation programs funding made permanent, and money appropriated.
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