MSBA Day at the Capitol was held Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, located at 161 St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul.

The MSBA Day at the Capitol is an advocacy event for school board members, superintendents and other school leaders. This event offers school leaders the chance to study issues of importance and engage their local legislative leaders.

2018 Day at the Capitol Agenda

Acccess a PDF of the Day at the Capitol agenda.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge

7:30 a.m. Check-in

8 a.m. Continental Breakfast — Capitol Hill Hall

8:30 a.m. Welcome — Kirk Schneidawind, MSBA Executive Director

8:45 a.m. Your Advocacy Matters — MSBA's Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis

9:15 a.m. Issues You Need to Know for a Successful Lobbying Day at the Capitol

  • Policy and Finance Issues — MSBA's Grace Keliher


10 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m. State Senate and House Office Meetings (scheduled by board members*) 


Hot Topics Presentations:

  • TRA: Is 2018 the Year? — John Wickland (Teachers Retirement Association)
  • Special Education: Where is the Breakdown? — Tom Melcher (Minnesota Department of Education)
  • School Safety: The New Normal — Randy Johnson (Minnesota School Safety Center)
  • Federal Tax Bill: Will Minnesota Conform? — Paul Cummmings (Minnesota Department of Revenue)


Lunch will be provided during one of our breaks in between speakers.


Around the State Capitol Building

1 p.m. State Capitol Building, Room 316 — Conversations with Legislative Leaders


State Senate and House Office Meetings (scheduled by board members*)

3 p.m. House Floor Session* — State Capitol Building, Second Floor (optional)


Senate E-12 Finance Committee Meeting — Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1100 (optional)

*Please feel free to attend your previously scheduled meetings with your elected representatives from 10 a.m. to noon OR from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Another option is to ask your state representative to leave the floor session to meet with you outside the House chambers.

Here is a list of issues in the Governor's Supplemental Budget

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for MSBA Day at the Capitol

(1) If a pre-registered participant cancels any time prior to the date registration closes, MSBA will fully refund the registration fee.

(2) If a pre-registered participant cancels between the date registration closes until the time the MSBA-sponsored event/activity begins, he/she will be charged an administration fee of $20.

(3) Once an event/activity begins, all registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.