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December 2, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week

Preparation for 2022 Legislative Session ramping up:

The education organizations and MDE have been engaged in a number of discussions on issues that we anticipate will be taken up by the 2022 Legislature. We are also exchanging information about important issues affecting school districts that we want the Legislature to address and will be the focus of our advocacy efforts. 

So now is the time to let us know your needs as legislative platforms are in process and MASA wants to reflect your values and help with the many issues confronting you every day.  Please don’t hesitate to send me and/or Valerie Dosland your thoughts. The MASA Legislative Committee meets on December 7 to draft the 2022 platform.

Here are some topics we have discussed and in no particular order:

  • Compensatory Revenue
    • Loss of funding due to low return rate on F/R priced lunch forms
    • Other means of gathering this data that already exists in other forms
    • The 2.45% addition to the basic formula this school year wiped out in many cases by the reduction in Compensatory Revenue
  • Online Learning
    • Might there be flexibility for all school districts offering a full online program without having to go through a state approval process?
  • School Library Definition & Requirements
  • Staffing shortages (all areas)
    • Substitute license requirements
  • ESSER applications for funds
    • Lack of consistency from one state department to another
    • Minutia required in some cases
  • Proposed Page Constitutional Amendment
  • Discipline
  • Anticipated funding cliff
  • And so much more….

Leadership Matters:

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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

Nov. 29 - Dec. 6

Hanukkah (Chanukah)

Dec. 1-31

Due: MDE
Facilities Age and Square Footage Report
Test WES (pre-test Edit)
MARSS WES (final fall data) - date determined each year

Dec. 2

Special Education Day

Dec. 3

Early Childhood Education Outcomes (typically Dec. 1 but Dec. 3 for 2021)

International Day of People with Disabilities

Dec. 7

MASA Legislative Committee Meeting | 10 am - 2 pm
MASA Offices | Lower Level Boardroom | RSVP

Dec. 11

Due: MDE
Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) (closes)

Dec. 15

Due: MDE
Achievement Integration Progress Report
World’s Best Workforce Summary Report

Dec. 15 MASA Great Start Cohort Session #5 | MASA Offices
Dec. 23-27 Holiday - MASA Offices Closed
Dec. 28 DUE: MDE The Levy Certification System
Dec. 31 DUE: MDE Compulsory Instruction Compliance Data Reporting
Dec. 31    Holiday - MASA/MASE Office Closed
Jan. 1    First Day of National Mentoring Month
Jan. 9 School Resource Officers Day
Jan. 9-14 National School Librarians/Library Week
Jan. 21-22 MN Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy


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