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November 12, 2020
Here’s the scoop for the week…

COVID-19 no cost saliva test information to share with your communities:

The state is now offering free COVID-19 saliva tests to Minnesotans. See this website for more details on how to order:

Have you spent your Coronavirus Relief Funds yet?

The deadline for spending your Coronavirus Relief Funds is December 30, 2020.  If you have not spent 100% of your funds, MDE staff will be contacting you by the end of next week.  

Bills to address declining pupil aid introduced in November 12 Special Session:

Senator Utke introduced--

S.F. No. 4: A bill for an act relating to education finance; directing the commissioner of education to adjust pupil units for certain fiscal year 2021 revenue formulas.

Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. 

Representative Davnie introduced:

  1. F. 4, A bill for an act relating to education finance; authorizing the use of the prior year's pupil count for the 2020-2021 school year to reflect COVID-19 changes in enrollment; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 126C.05, subdivision 5; Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 1, section 25, subdivision 2, as amended.

The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Education Finance Division.

Superintendents send letters to Governor Walz and Commissioner Ricker seeking clarity & support:

Anoka County Superintendents wrote a letter to Governor Walz and Commissioner Ricker this past week that spawned similar letters from their colleagues across the metro area. As of this writing, Superintendents in Ramsey County, Washington County and Dakota County sent letters modeled after this letter from the Anoka County Superintendents that was delivered to the Governor’s office on Tuesday, November 10.

Let’s celebrate all of our educators next week-and that includes you!

National Education Week is celebrated November 16-20.  MASA celebrates and thanks each of you for the incredible job you do everyday to provide Minnesota’s children with a high quality education. The importance of what you do cannot be overstated.  

Leadership Matters

As I have transitioned to this position, I have looked for ways to involve our retirees more in our daily work as they have an abundance of wisdom to offer. I recently asked retired Superintendent Jerry Ness to assist with inspirational quotes around leadership. He agreed without hesitation and I am grateful as I know that he continues to research what makes and inspires great leadership.  Here is the first of many quotes to come from Superintendent Ness:

"What a leader learns after he [or she] has learned it all counts the most". ~ John Wooden 


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