Advocacy

The Friday Chat Room

Each week during the 2021 legislative sessions, the Friday Chat Room will offer MSBA members the opportunity to have an informal discussion with MSBA’s Government Relations team and guests. Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis will field members’ questions and let you know what’s happening at the state Capitol in St. Paul. View the recorded sessions below.

January 15, 2021: Access recording

January 22, 2021: Access recording

January 29, 2021: Access recording

February 5, 2021: Access recording

February 12, 2021: Access recording

February 19, 2021: Access recording

February 26, 2021: Access recording

Resources

Due North — Minnesota's Education Plan: Access the Due North plan unveiled January 25, 2021, by Governor Tim Walz.

2021 MSBA Legislative Platform: The 2021 MSBA Legislative Platform seeks to ensure every student achieves academically, socially and emotionally.

2020 MSBA Voter Guide: The 2020 MSBA Voter Guide provides information on voter registration, election details, questions to pose to candidates, and more. Access the MSBA Voter Guide.

MSBA 2020 Legislative Summary: The 2020 MSBA Legislative Summary is your guide to issues impacting E-12 education during the 2020 regular legislative session. This year's summary includes a federal COVID-19 response recap. Click here to access the 2020 MSBA Legislative Summary.

Local Control Resolution: Word Document | PDF — Please consider personalizing and presenting this resolution to your school board. If your school board passes the resolution, please send a copy to MSBA's Kimberley Dunn Lewis at klewis@mnmsba.org. Your school board will be added to a master list/statewide graphic and shared with your legislators. See which school boards have signed the Local Control Resolution.

The MSBA Weekly Advocate: Subscribe to The MSBA Weekly Advocate email update to stay current on news from the state Capitol.

Government Relations Staff

The MSBA Government Relations staff is a respected voice for school boards and public education at the Minnesota Legislature. MSBA represents every school board member in the state along with more than 865,000 public school students. MSBA is the leading advocate for public education by supporting, promoting and strengthening the work of public school boards.

The MSBA Government Relations Team provides:

  • Factual, timely and relevant information on education issues at the Legislature.
  • A political voice locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Comprehensive advocacy for all issues that face Minnesota public schools at the Legislature.

We believe:

  • An investment in a student is a smart investment in our state’s future.
  • Providing school districts maximum flexibility and control provides benefits to students.
  • State policies should ensure every student has the opportunity to graduate prepared to be successful in the postsecondary path of their choice.

Your Guide to Advocating for Public Schools