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Minnesota Legislature
2019-2020 Regular Session

FORTIETH MEETING - Education Finance Division

April 07, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTIETH MEETING
MN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY FIRST SESSION

EDUCATION FINANCE DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Jim Davnie, Chair of the Education Finance Division, called the virtual meeting to order at 4:03pm on April 7, 2020 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting is being broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

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.

Informational hearing on HF 4415 DE 10.

HF 4415 DE 10 (Davnie) Provides for compensation for hourly school employees and allows entities that contract with schools to provide services to be reimbursed for paying their employees, for changes in school employment practices related to COVID-19 related school closures and the conversion to distance learning programs. The bill addresses school finance formula glitches resulting from the conversion to the distance learning model. The bill also creates and legislatively approves certain waivers of state law regarding assessments, graduation and course requirements, and potential licensure issues faced by prospective and current teachers.

Testifiers:

Becky Hespen, Special Education Support Personnel, Park Center High School
Sarah Nichols, Paraprofessional, Roseville Public Schools
Tim Benz, President, Minnesota Independent School Forum
Holly Neitzke, Food Service Professional, Sartell Public Schools
Kate Schmidt, President, Dakota County United Educators
Gary Amoroso, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Matthew Shaver, Middle School Science Teacher, Northeast College Prep


The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned 5:23 pm.


______________________________________________
Representative Jim Davnie, Chair

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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Agenda:

Informational Hearing on HF 4415 (Davnie) Compensation for hourly employees required for school days cancelled due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) during the 2019-2020 school year. Please see the attached amendment - H4415DE9 - this has been removed from the agenda on 4/6. Please see the attached amendment - HF4415DE10 - this has been added to the agenda on 4/6. No formal action will be taken during this remote hearing. Agenda items may be added. Public Testimony Information • This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01m which you may view here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm • Members of the public with questions about this process or who are interested in testifying at this meeting may email committee staff at: sarah.burt@house.mn. • If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff 24 hours prior to the start of the remote hearing and they will provide instructions. Public Viewing Information This committee hearing may be viewed live via the following methods: Live stream via House website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/live/1 Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/MNHouseInfo/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/RpbRvaeDjdc The MN House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public. We expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we adapt. If you are interested in testifying at this hearing or have feedback you would like to share, please email committee staff at sarah.burt@house.mn. If you wish to testify, please contact committee staff 24 hours before the remote hearing to receive a spot on the list and instructions.

Bills Added:
  • HF4415 (Davnie) - COVID-19; school closures and other amendments provided; calculation of school aid formulas clarified; forecast adjustments made to funding for general education, education excellence, teachers, special education, facilities, fund transfers and accounting, nutrition and libraries, early childhood, and community education and lifelong learning; responsibilities clarified for construction and skills trades career counseling services; operation referendum calculation clarified; and base appropriations adjusted.
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• This meeting was held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •. Agenda: COVID-19 response legislation. 06:22 - Informational hearing on HF4415 (Davnie) Compensation for hourly employees required for school days cancelled due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) during the 2019-2020 school year. Runs 1 hour, 19 minutes. • The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote hearings to be held that are accessible to the public; we expect many refinements to come over the coming weeks; thank you for your patience as we adapt.