This year's legislative session is moving at an extremely quick pace. Today, I'd like to share an update on two bills...
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act will most likely be heard in the Senate Eduction Policy Committee early next week. We have been working with the authors and other legislators to craft an implementation process that will be workable for our districts and are grateful that the authors have been open to these discussions. As you interact with your legislators, please emphasize that we have ALWAYS worked to have the safest, most caring and most supportive schools for our students. Our discussions this session have revolved around the process districts use to work towards this end. Hopefully more to come in the next week.
There is a bill regarding health insurance transparency that is working through the House and Senate. The bill would require a district to seek at least 3 bids every time the district has to renew the health insurance program offered to employees. One bid must come from PEIP. The bids would be sealed and opened in a public setting. We believe districts would have the opportunity to negotiate with the companies after the bids are opened. There are still some questions regarding company negotiations and much more on this bill. Stay tuned for more!
I look forward to seeing you at our spring conference, March 13 and 14 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Registration materials are still available on the MASA website.
Thanks for all that you do every day for the children of Minnesota!