The Henton Headlines: June 29, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 29, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

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Implementing the Results of the 2023 Legislative Session

MASA Lobbyist Valerie Dosland and I are beginning to compile a list of ideas for the MASA Legislative Committee to consider in December as the members develop the 2024 MASA Legislative Platform. We would be delighted to have your input to share with the committee!

If you encounter good news, such as being able to have the school board renew an existing operating levy without new voter approval, or on the flipside, if you encounter challenges as you implement new policy initiatives that resulted from the recent legislative session, please email [email protected], or me at [email protected]

Leadership Matters!

Leadership to-do list:

  • Practice kindness
  • Let go of what I cannot control”

- LollyDaskal (@Lolly Daskal)

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

July 4 Independence Day
July 7 Registration Deadline! MASA Educator Resilience Cohort
July 14 Registration Deadline! Culturally Validating Leadership Development Cohort
July 19 Great Start Cohort - Registration Deadline!
July 24 Fee Increase! MDE Back to School Early Bird Registration Ends
July 26 Session #1: Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center
August 1 Culturally Validating Leadership Development Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
August 8 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park | Registration
August 10 MASA Educator Resilience Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
August 23 MASA Business Partner Focus Group | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | RSVP Coming Soon!
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
NEW DATES! March 14-15, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 
March 18, 2024 Save the Date! MASA/MSBA Day at the Capitol

The Henton Headlines: June 22, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 22, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

Need Resources as you Review your School Safety Procedures in Preparation for 2023-2024?

As you prepare safety procedures for the next school year, you may find that the Minnesota School Safety Center has resources that will be useful. 

Changes to Tier 4 Licensure

PELSB recently released a quick summary of changes to Tier 4 licensure. The summary also includes a link to legislative changes to tiered licensure in general.

Word for the Day!

Smishing
Not to be confused with phishing which attacks via email, smishing occurs through text message.

Watch for suspicious phishing emails and smishing text messages in order to be sure you don’t share your personal data with a bad actor!

Leadership Matters!

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

June Pride Month, National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 22-23 MASA & MASE Board Retreats
June 27 MASA EdTalks: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Full information!
July 4 Independence Day
August 1 Culturally Validating Leadership Development Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
August 10 MASA Educator Resilience Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
NEW DATES! March 14-15, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 
March 18, 2024 Save the Date! MASA/MSBA Day at the Capitol

The Henton Headlines: June 15, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 15, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

DEED’s Resources for Earned Sick and Safe Time & Paid Family Leave Act:

Here is a link to information on the new Paid Family Leave Act. The act does not take effect until January 2026, but it will require a payroll deduction for a new tax shared by the employer and employee.

Here is a link to information about the Earned Sick and Safe Time Bill. This bill takes effect in January 2024. You should compare what benefits are in the bill to what you currently have in your contracts. It is likely you may offer better benefits, but not the reasons for which the sick leave can be taken.

Debt Ceiling Agreement and Education Funding:

In recent weeks, President Biden signed a debt ceiling agreement to avoid a default. In exchange for suspending the debt ceiling until January 2025, the bill includes spending caps for fiscal years 2024 and 2025, rescission of some COVID-19 funds, and other Republican priorities. The rescission of COVID-19 funds does not impact districts’ ESSER funds.

The spending cap for FY24, after certain adjustments, is roughly similar to FY23 levels. The cap for FY25 is the same but allows 1% growth. While caps on spending are never good, FY23 wasn’t a bad year for education funding. Now that levels have been set, the appropriations process can now begin. AASA will maintain our priorities of sustained investment in education formula funding.

There was a provision in the bill that if Congress does not pass full appropriations bills by January 2024, there would be another small cut to funding.

(This was reprinted with minor changes and permission from AASA.)

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL FATHERS AND THOSE CELEBRATING THIS SPECIAL DAY!

Leadership Matters!

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” - Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

June Pride Month, National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 21 First Day of Summer
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Last Session! Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 22-23 MASA & MASE Board Retreats
June 27 MASA EdTalks: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Full information!
July 4 Independence Day
August 1 Culturally Validating Leadership Development Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
August 10 MASA Educator Resilience Cohort | Session 1 | Full information!
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
March 7-8, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 
March 18, 2023 Save the Date! MASA/MSBA Day at the Capitol

The Henton Headlines: June 8, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 8, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

Number of Superintendent Openings to Date:

There have been 46 superintendent openings for the upcoming school year. That is the lowest we've had since 2018.

MASA EdTalks!

MASA is proud to introduce MASA EdTalks! Formerly known as the MASA Master Classes,  This name change reflects our commitment to inclusivity and equity as we acknowledge the historical connotations of racism, slavery, and sexism associated with the term "master." The new name also represents a shift toward dialogue, collaborative learning, and active participation in our virtual learning experiences. Full information can be found in this week’s MASA eUpdate (look for the information box near the top)!

More on Unemployment Insurance:

Recently MASA, MASBO, and MASPA hosted a webinar with Unemployment Insurance Director Jim Hegman. Following the webinar Chris Hoehn,Coordinator of the Minnesota Association of School Personnel Administrators and State Negotiators shared the following that I also have permission to share with you.

Highlights of the Webinar:

    • Employers do not determine an employee's eligibility for unemployment benefits.  Inform employees that https://uimn.org is the place to go if they have questions or want to apply.

    • Your offers for employment between terms should be specific to the individual and include duties, hours, rate of pay, and so on.  A sign-up sheet for summer work will not be sufficient. (See MSBA @ 21:27)

Resources:

    • Individuals that have lost their job or had work hours reduced have the right to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits at https://www.uimn.org/

Leadership Matters!

“HOW TO BE A LEADER WHO LEADS WITH HEART”

H: Humility

E: Excellence

A: Authentic

R: Reliable

T: Trust

- LollyDaskal

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

June Pride Month, National Safety Month
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA EdTalks: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration and full information!
June 19 Juneteenth
June 21 First Day of Summer
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 22-23 MASA & MASE Board Retreats
June 27 MASA EdTalks: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
July 4 Independence Day
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
NEW DATES! March 14-15, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 

The Henton Headlines: June 1, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 1, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

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We Want You!

MASA staff sent out membership renewal information to you this week on Tuesday, May 30. 

If you missed it, look for an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to renew your membership using your email and member-specific password for the 2023-24 school year.

We are here to serve you and would be delighted to provide you with communication support, legal benefits, professional development, professional assistance, mentoring, master classes, and so much more during the next school year. Thanks to the Board of Directors, membership fees remain the same.

If you know of a colleague who would benefit from joining MASA, encourage them to go to https://events.resultsathand.com/membership/2184/ and complete the membership registration today!

As always, if you have questions or need assistance, contact the association offices at [email protected] or 651-645-6272.

EdMN Guidance on Unemployment Insurance and Negotiations:

Here is a link to information EdMN has created for Education Support Professionals, ESPs on how to apply for unemployment insurance and what changes to an ESP’s schedule from the regular school year to summer work might qualify them for unemployment insurance.

“Bargaining Alerts” have also been provided to EdMN members. There are four different documents that might also be helpful for you as you enter into negotiations:

  1. Bargaining Alert - Mandatory, Permissive, and Prohibited Subjects of Bargaining (May 2023)
  2. Bargaining Alert ECFE and ABE continuing contract protections
  3. Bargaining Alert on Considerations for new Tier 1 and preK members in collective bargaining (May 2023)
  4. Bargaining Alert on E-Learning (REVISED May 2023)

Leadership Matters!

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

June Pride Month, National Safety Month
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration and full information!
June 19 Juneteenth
June 21 First Day of Summer
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 22-23 MASA & MASE Board Retreats
June 27 MASA Master Class: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
July 4 Independence Day
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
NEW DATES! March 14-15, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 

The Henton Headlines: May 25, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 25, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

Updated U.S. Department of Education Guidance on School Prayer:

You may find this recently released guidance on school prayer and religious expression helpful as graduation and baccalaureate ceremonies approach. Go to sections G. and H. for that information. There is other relevant information in sections II.-IV.

Upcoming Deadline for School Boards Opting to Renew Operating Levies, Fall 2023:

If your district is planning to renew an operating levy for the same amount and same amount of time this fall, your school board will need to hold a public meeting, allow for public comment, and pass a resolution prior to June 15.

With permission from MSBA, they sent out this information to all school board members and superintendents earlier this week, I advise you to download the resolution template from the MSBA website.

Trivia - Number of Licensed Library Media Specialists:

In light of the new definition of media centers contained within the education omnibus bill citing the need for a licensed media specialist or licensed librarian to oversee the program, an assistant superintendent contacted MDE and learned the following:

  • Holds an Out-of-Field Permission for Library Media Specialist during the 22-23 school year – 74
  • Holds a non-expired license for Library Media Specialist or Librarian as of May 17, 2023 – 989
  • Holds non-expired license AND reported with the Library Media Specialist (instructional and non-instructional) assignment on the 22-23 STAR report – 383

MDE shared this week that they are looking into this requirement and how districts might comply with this new requirement. Stay tuned…

Leadership Matters!

“Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.” - Bo Bennett 

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month

June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration and full information!
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 27 MASA Master Class: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN
February 15-17, 2024 AASA National Conference on Education | Registration and more info!
NEW DATES! March 14-15, 2024 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park 

The Henton Headlines: May 18, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 18, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

Leadership Matters!

The first headline this week is a shoutout to retired superintendent and MASA member Jerry Ness for providing me with the weekly leadership quotes for three years running! Jerry is a remarkable person who was also a highly regarded superintendent. He continues to mentor and support our colleagues. Thank you, Jerry, for the quote that follows and every other one you have provided!

“True leadership is not about imposing your will on others, but about inspiring and empowering others to bring out their best.” - @LollyDaskal

Another Shoutout!

Throughout the session, I would compliment MASA Lobbyist Valerie Dosland on her work at the capitol. Without fail she would respond with something to the effect that she was just doing her job, or that she loves her job. If you have had a chance to be with Valerie at the capitol you know she is masterful at lobbying and invigorated by representing MASA. 

I watch in amazement as Valerie speaks with legislators who stand in opposition to our MASA platform. She acknowledges their position and shares ours with respect and a firmness that is not offensive or off-putting, but make no mistake the legislators know where she stands, and most importantly, she is convincing. 

I can point to a number of pieces of legislation that improved because of Valerie’s persistent conversations with key opinion leaders in both houses. She has the timing of who to go see and when down pat. Valerie understands the value of being nonpartisan and how critical it is to our organization that she develop relationships with members of both parties.

Please join me in giving [email protected] a shoutout for her work during the session and all year round. The bill summary she wrote and I sent you is a handy reference for all of us to use instead of combing through the 331 page bill every time we have a question. Thank you, Valerie!

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 25 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 9-10:30 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 27 MASA Master Class: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN

The Henton Headlines: May 11, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 11, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

Flagging a Recent PELSB Communication for You:

In the event you do not receive information PELSB sends out electronically, here is a recent document that highlights Tier 1 and Tier 2 permission applications, supports to help with staffing shortages, and licensure and permission changes.

This is relevant information for all those working with PELSB on licensing, out-of-field permissions, and staffing. 

Leadership Matters!

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” - Albert Schweitzer 

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 12 School Communicators Day
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
May 25 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 9-10:30 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
June 27 MASA Master Class: Building a Team of Social Media Content Creators | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN

The Henton Headlines: May 4, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 4, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

News on the Federal Front

Last week MASA and MASE representatives traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate at the federal level. The first night we were there, the House passed, on a 217-215 vote, a bill that would cut education spending overall by 22%. The Department of Education officials that met with us shared this STATE FACT SHEET of how Minnesota would be impacted. 

AASA staff told us the bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate. Yet, I advise looking over the one-page link so you can speak to the consequences of this type of legislation when you talk to your congressional representatives.

We also learned during the trip that this year the federal government is only funding 14.5% of the cost of IDEA. The historic underfunding of IDEA is known among our representatives who are sympathetic to our pleas for full funding, or at least the once promised 40%, yet no significant action is taken to even provide a phased-in approach to covering the cost of IDEA. Very disappointing and concerning. We will continue our advocacy efforts, and I know you will as well.

MSHSL Rep Assembly Information

The MSHSL Executive Director, Erich Martens, asked me to highlight information that was sent to superintendents this past week. Here is a link in case you missed it or it is buried in the countless emails you receive.

Leadership Matters!

“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” - Tony Dungy

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 5 School Lunch Hero Day
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 12 School Communicators Day
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
May 25 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 9-10:30 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN

The Henton Headlines: April 27, 2023

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 27, 2023
Here’s the scoop for the week

House Names Conferees:

Leadership for the House has named the representatives who will serve on the education conference committee. They are as follows:

  • House Education Finance Chair Representative Cheryl Youakim (D) 
  • House Education Finance Vice-Chair Mary Frances Clardy (D)
  • House Education Finance Policy Committee Chair Laurie Pryor (D)
  • House Education Finance Policy Committee Vice-Chair Representative Josiah Hill (D)
  • House Education Finance Committee Representative Ron Kresha (R)

The Senate had not named their conferees as of this writing.

The conference committee will reconcile the Senate Omnibus and House Omnibus bills into one bill which will then go to the floors of both houses for a vote. If successful, the bill will go to the governor for his consideration. 

Leadership Matters!

“Trust has two dimensions: competence and integrity. We can forgive mistakes of competence. Mistakes of integrity are harder to overcome.” - Simon Sinek

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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar

May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1 School Principal's Day
May 1 MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting
May 5 School Lunch Hero Day
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
May 12 School Communicators Day
May 16 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 7 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
May 25 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 9-10:30 am | Virtual
June 13 BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Virtual
June 14 MASA Master Class: Understanding State Aid: Equalization, Ag2School and more | 10 - 11 am | Virtual | Registration coming soon!
June 20 MASA Instructional Leadership Network | 1 - 2:30 pm | Virtual
June 20 Professional Dialogue with Dr. Brenda Cassellius | Session 8 | 9 - 10 am | Virtual
August 8 Save the date! MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park
October 8-10 MASA Fall Conference | DECC, Duluth, MN