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July 15, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week

Online Learning Guidance:

MDE hopes to release information for school districts considering offering online learning as an option for the 2021-2022 school year today, July 15. School districts will not be required to offer online learning. The guidance that will be released is for those school districts who want to provide an online learning option for students and are not approved online learning providers.

Will school districts have to do another “Safe Learning Plan” for 2021-2022?

According to Commissioner Mueller, the answer is no. Governor Walz’s Executive Orders have ended and school districts are not required to submit learning plans to MDE for the next school year.

Watch for guidance to come by the end of July from MDH/MDE regarding health recommendations.

Federal Advocacy Conference:

This past week, MASA’s AASA Governing Board Representatives, John Cselovszki, Dan Bittman, David Law, and Craig Oftedahl attended the annual July AASA Federal Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. I joined them in meetings with the legislative assistants of Minnesota’s two senators and eight representatives. A meeting was also held with staff from the U.S. Department of Education. 

We advocated for increased funding for child nutrition and to include reauthorization of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs as part of reconciliation, funding for schools to improve their school facilities, IDEA full funding, increase in internet access for all students, and much more. 

We believe the legislative assistants were supportive and that they will share this information with the senators and representatives.  We expressed our desire to meet in person with the senators and representatives upon a return visit during the upcoming school year.  

Leadership Matters:

“Sincere enthusiasm is one of the most transformational attributes of leaders.” - Kate Danella

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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

July 15 DUE: MDE Seclusion Report
  Quarter 4 (April 1-June 30) due July 15
July 20 Eid al-Adha
August 1 MASA Committee Sign-Up Deadline
  Sign up for a committee online here:
August 4 2021 Back to School Conference: Reconnecting - Held Virtually 8-10 am
  Registration coming soon!
August 6 MDE: Test Results Summary provides embargoed summary results
August 10 Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)
August 18 First Session of the Great Start Cohort for New Superintendents and Administrators
  Register online at
August 26 MDE: Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
August 30 Media receives access to embargoed accountability downloadable data file including state, all districts, and all school-level data
September 1 DUE: MDE SY22 ESEA Title applications (FIN401, FIN406, FIN414, FIN417, and FIN433)
September 14 Workshop: School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal - Registration Coming Soon!
September 15 DUE: MDE GEER I and ESSER I Summer 2020 Funding (FIN151, FIN152, FIN153)
  Applications were due by May 1, 2021 (this deadline has passed)
  Funds for expenditures from January 1-June 30, 2021 must be drawn by September 15, 2021
  Funds can be spent through September 30, 2022 and must be drawn by December 12, 2022
September 17-18 MN Aspiring Superintendents Academy
September 25-26 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | DECC, Duluth
September 26 Great Start Cohort Session #2 | DECC, Duluth
September 26 Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament - Details Coming Soon!
September 26-28 MASA Fall Conference - DECC, Duluth - Save the Dates!


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