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February 24, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Ed. Orgs. Opposed to Education Savings Accounts:

The education organizations sent a letter to the Senate Education Committee objecting to SF 1525, a proposal that would establish education savings accounts to be used for private schools. Feel free to reference/use the letter in your advocacy efforts. 

MASE & MASA Meet With Congressional Representatives:

MASE President Jamie Nord, MASE Past-President Sarah Mittlestadt and MASA Federal Advocacy Chair Superintendent Theresa Battle, Vice-Chair Sue Chase and MASA President Dan Bittman led meetings with all ten of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation, or their legislative assistants. Topics discussed include:

  • Gratitude for American Rescue Plan funds along with the request the deadline for their use be extended. Also noted that the needs of our students and staff will not go away once the funds expire.
  • The long overdue need to fully fund IDEA. 
  • Staffing shortages including education support professionals, teachers and bus drivers. Asked for incentives like loan forgiveness, grow your own programs, flexibility on CDL requirements, and a waiver on earning limits for those on social security.
  • The cumbersome and labor intensive process of the Civil Rights Data Collection. One district submitted the data five times alone on Feb. 23. 
  • The long overdue need to reevaluate and revise Title I formulas.
  • The loss of revenue as a result of the free nutrition programs during the pandemic. Asked for reimbursement to districts and better ways to measure childhood poverty.
  • Federal grant opportunities often do not include cooperatives and intermediate school districts. When using “LEA” in bill language, ASEAs or ESAs need to be added.

Leadership Matters:

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." - George Sheehan

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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

Feb. 25 Digital Learning Day
March 1 MDE: Statutory Deadline for Dissemination of Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Information to Families
March 1 First day of Women's History Month
March 4 Maintenance Workers Appreciation Day & Employee Appreciation Day
March 9 MASA Great Start & Finance Academy | Minneapolis Marriott NW
  MASA Board Meeting | Minneapolis Marriot NW
March 10 - 11 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Register Online
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX


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