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2019-2020 Regular Session

FORTY-FOURTH MEETING - Education Finance Division

April 30, 2020

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-FOURTH 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 2:30 pm on April 30, 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
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

Excused:

DETTMER, Bob


A quorum was present.

Rep. Sandstede moved that the minutes from April 28, 2020 be approved. Motion prevailed.

HF 4098 (Sandell) With some changes, codifies and makes permanent the Innovation Research Zones Pilot Program enacted in 2017 session law.

Rep. Sandell presented HF 4098 before the committee in an informational hearing with testifiers.

HF 3849 (Sandstede) Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) programs include a number of models, including concurrent enrollment, which often goes by the name of “college in the schools”. Instructors in these programs are most often high school teachers specially trained by the sponsoring college or university. A decision by the Higher Learning Commission a few years ago requires that these concurrent enrollment teaches have at least 18 master’s degree credits in their field of teaching. Many concurrent enrollment teachers, while having a master’s degree, do not have these credits in the specific areas that they teach. The 2016 Legislature first appropriated funds for the Northwest Regional Partnership to provide these credits to high school teachers. This program is now referred to as the 18 online program (18 credits and much of the coursework don online). In 2017, the Legislature added to the funding and expanded the program statewide. HF 3849 clarifies the program language and provides additional funds by increasing the appropriation by $1 million for fiscal year 2021 and increasing the base to $1 million per year in subsequent years.

Rep. Sandstede presented HF 3849 before the committee in an informational hearing with testifiers.

Rep. Sandstede presented HF 3849, A2 amendment, before the committee in an informational hearing.

Testifiers:
Dr. Teri Staloch, Superintendent, Pryor Lake-Savage Area Schools
Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent, Hopkins
Bob Wedl, Former Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner
Jeremy Kovash, Executive Director of Lakes Country Services Cooperative
Kim Lewis, Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA)
TJ Schmitt, Science Teacher, Barnesville


The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned 3:27 pm.


______________________________________________
Representative Jim Davnie, Chair

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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

This is an informational hearing. No action will be taken on these bills, however, if amendments are offered they will be discussed. The amendment deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, April 29. No public testimony will be taken. HF 4098 (Sandell) Innovation research zone program established, and money appropriated. HF 3849 (Sandstede) Concurrent enrollment teacher training funding increased, and money appropriated. This remote hearing may be viewed live via the following methods: 1) Live stream via House website: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/live/2 2) YouTube: https://youtu.be/S4StGoFeqig If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation to view, participate in, or otherwise access a remote hearing, please contact Blake Wilcox by emailing him at Blake.Wilcox@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-8803.

Bills Added:
  • HF4098 (Sandell) - Innovation research zone program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF3849 (Sandstede) - Concurrent enrollment teacher training funding increased, concurrent enrollment aid modified, and money appropriated.
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• This meeting held in accordance with House Rule 10.01 •. 02:37 - Actual start to agenda, which was delayed by technical problems. 05:52 - HF4098 (Sandell) Innovation research zone program established, and money appropriated. 37:44 - HF3849 (Sandstede) Concurrent enrollment teacher training funding increased, and money appropriated. Runs 55 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.