Throughout the legislative session MASA Lobbyist Valerie Dosland will be providing our members with an legislative update. We encourage you to share your thoughts with your elected officials as the opportunity arises...
On Thursday, Governor Mark Dayton released his budget recommendations for FY16-17. Reflective of the $1.37 billion surplus unveiled in December, Governor Dayton’s overall proposed a state budget set at $42 billion, an increase of $1 billion. Over 75% of that is toward E12 education, child care and health and human services. An updated forecast will be released in late February but as recent economic updates indicate this surplus continues to expand so changes to Governor Dayton’s recommendations could occur.
The Governor’s budget proposal is the first step in the budget process that will not be finalized until May. The House and Senate will now develop their respective budget proposals which will not be rolled out until after the an updated budget forecast which comes out in early March.
Governor Dayton proposed an additional $373 million for E12 education with a majority of it going toward efforts he hopes will close the achievement gap. Dayton has proposed spending $19 million per year to eliminate the Head Start waiting list as well as $109 million to phase in a voluntary statewide Pre-K program. Under Dayton’s proposal school districts would receive a one percent per year pupil increase as well as full funding for school breakfast for students from pre-k to grade 3. However, expectations to hire more counselors, pay for additional technology and reduce class sizes could put further limitations on these funds.
Attached is a summary of his E12 recommendations. Download Dayton's E12 Budget Recommendations
For more details of the Governor’s E12 budget recommendations, click here.
This week, the House Education Finance Committee and the Senate E-12 Budget Division spent the week reviewing the Governor’s budget recommendations. The House Education Innovation Policy Committee heard testimony on efforts to close the achievement gap.
Next week, the House Education Innovation Policy Committee will hear several bills addressing the Labor Day Start date prohibition and the requirement to get approval for flexible learning year programs.
Bill Introductions of Interest
HF 332/SF 278, Modifying childhood literacy provisions.
HF 350/SF 163, Increasing the formula allowance by $300 in FY16.
HF 369/SF 341, Expanding health and safety revenue to include facility modifications necessary to make school facilities more secure for students and staff.
HF 384, Making school year-long student teaching programs part of teacher preparation.
HF 392, Authorizing a school district to renew an expiring referendum by action of the school board for up to five years.
HF 466, Permitting a September 1 school start date for the 2015- 2016 school year only.
SF 298, Providing for teacher licensure, temporary licensure extension to initial teaching licensure authorization.
SF 333, Providing flexibility for the use of early childhood family education (ECFE) revenue and school readiness aid.
SF 343, Providing for physical education standards and benchmarks; requiring assessments; amending graduation requirements.
SF 344, Increasing state aid for the school breakfast program.
SF 429, Modifying certain enrollment options provisions.