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SIXTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 16, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTEENTH MEETING
MN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY SECOND SESSION

EDUCATION FINANCE
MINUTES

Representative Jim Davnie, Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the virtual meeting to order at 10:31am on February 16, 2021 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
DRAZKOWSKI, Steve
ERICKSON, Sondra
FEIST, Sandra
JORDAN, Sydney
MARQUART, Paul
MUELLER, Patricia
RICHARDSON, Ruth
THOMPSON, John
WOLGAMOTT, Dan
XIONG, Tou
YOUAKIM, Cheryl

A quorum was present.

Rep. Demuth moved that the minutes from February 11, 2021 be approved. Motion prevailed.

HF 1064 (Davnie) This bill is the Governor’s bill appropriating fiscal year 2021 money for additional educational programming for the 2020-2021 school year, 2021 summer education programs, and Adult Basic Education (ABE) and mental health grants through the end of fiscal year 2022. The bill proposes approximately $83 million in fiscal year 2021 funding, with the majority going to grants. Each grant is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.

Chair Davnie presented HF 1064 before the committee without formal action in an informational hearing.

Testifiers:
Heather Mueller, Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Education
Nekey Oliver, Grants & Government Relations Manager, MN Office of Higher Education
Matt Burdick, Director of State Government Relations, MN Department of Human Services
Steve Unowsky, Superintendent, Richfield Public Schools
Kathlene Campbell, Ph. D., Dean of the School of Education, University of St. Thomas
Annette Sallman, Director of Community Education, Stillwater Public Schools
Greta Evans-Becker, School Board Member, Robbinsdale Area Schools
Ms. Reverend Dr. Darcel Hill, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools,
St. Paul Public Schools
Kevin Wellen, Superintendent, Menahga Public Schools
John Ashby, Neighborhood House
Tom Cytron-Dysom, Literacy Action Network
Maria Snider, Director, Rainbow Child Development Center in St. Paul
Mary Rotter, Owner, Laker Prep Preschool, Detroit Lakes
Trisha Bolger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Heather Alden MSW LICSW, Supervisor Project Reach and Fostering Connections, St. Paul
Public Schools
Adosh Unni, Director of Government Relations, MN Department of Education


The meeting of the Education Finance Division was adjourned 11:56am.


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Representative Jim Davnie, Chair

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Brittney Sunderland, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF1064 (Davnie) - COVID-19; education impacted by pandemic provided, federal funds provided for educational uses, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
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3:21 HF 1064 (Davnie) Summer education program funding provided, and money appropriated.


HF 1064 (Davnie) Summer education program funding provided, and money appropriated.
*No formal action will be taken on this bill*
*Other agenda items may be added*

Public comments will be taken for HF 1064 (Davnie):
• If you wish to comment on this bill, please contact brittney.sunderland@house.mn and copy sarah.burt@house.mn by close of business (COB) the day prior to the hearing to get instructions. Clearly indicate the House File number you will be speaking to in the subject of your email.
• Written comments are welcome, please see the template filed under permanent committee documents and submit your comments by COB the day prior to the committee by emailing them to: sarah.burt@house.mn

This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01, which may be viewed here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/1001.htm

Public Viewing Information:
This remote hearing will be live-streamed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

NOTE: Channels HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice. If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122.