The primary responsibility of the Governmental Relations Division is to assure a statewide perspective, reflecting positions supported by school board members, is given on subjects and issues regarding all aspects of Minnesota's public schools.|
The services of the Governmental Relations Division include working with legislative committees, individual legislators and their staff, numerous state agencies, and representatives of the executive branch. The charge to the Division is to present the statewide views of Minnesota's public school board members. Divisional staff members include Grace Keliher, Director of Governmental Relations; Kirk Schneidawind, Deputy Executive Director; Tom Grundhoefer, legal counsel; and Barbara Hoffman, Administrative Assistant to Governmental Relations and Finance.
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Gov. Dayton Calls for More Education Funding in Budget Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton released his FY 2014-2015 budget January 22. The governor’s budget makes an investment in early education scholarships and provides access to all-day kindergarten for 85 percent of Minnesota kindergarten students. His budget also increases school funding by $118 million — or $52 for every student in the state. Please click on the links below for more information.
Local Government Redesign Representatives from MSBA, the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) and the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) are calling on Minnesota’s state leaders to grant local governments the flexibility needed to continue and expand public service redesign efforts across the state. Local leaders also urged state leaders to join them in committing to redesign as a central strategy for addressing the state’s long-term, structural budget deficit and commended the growing interest in redesign among legislators and administration.
For more information, please read the report, "Focus on Outcomes: Redesigning Minnesota's Local Government Services," and view the additional resources below.
Items of Interest
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- Judy Fedo's testimoney supporting School Trust Lands bill (April 2, 2013)
- Press release for MSBA-Education Minnesota-MASA joint press conference (February 25, 2013)
- Impact of sequestration on Minnesota's public schools (February 25, 2013)
- Gov. Dayton's 2013 E-12 Education Budget Bill Summary (SF 453)
- Sen. Franken's school safety inititive letter to Senate leadership (February 11, 2013)
- MSBA Survey results: Safe Schools (Feb. 11, 2013)
- MSBA Survey results: Optional All-Day Kindergarten (January 28, 2013)
- Sample letter to senators regarding BWCAW land exchange
- Sen. Al Franken's sequestration letter (December 13, 2012)
- MDE memo: Change in state aid payment schedule due to November forecast (December 5, 20120)
- November 2012 state budget forecast (December 5, 2012)
- Robbinsdale Area School Board's sequestration resolution and media press release (December 4, 2012)
- 2012 Delegate Assembly Resolutions results
- MDE Education Finance Working Group's final report (November 28, 2012)
- Proposed 2012 Legislative Resolutions
- Legislative School District Information Sheet
- 2012 MSBA Law Summaries
- 2012 NSBA Grassroots Lobbying Guide for Local School Board Members
- 2012 MSBA Legislative Wrap-up PowerPoint
- MPR video: Why are Minnesota property taxes going up?
- MDE memo: Legislation Regarding Minimum Annual Instructional Hours (October 13, 2011)
- 2012 District Budget Survey
- Redistricting Guide (See Pages 52-59 for school districting redistricting)
- Key local redistricting dates for school districts
- 2010-12 Minnesota redistricting timeline
Change in Requirements for Truth-in-Taxation Meetings for Taxes Payable in 2013We've been getting a number of calls on this topic. Click here for more information.
"Coloring Book" AvailableThe Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department has made available (in PDF form) the 2012-20132 edition of Financing Education in Minnesota, (also known as the "Coloring Book"). Permission granted to the Minnesota School Boards Association for reproduction and distribution.
Board members, administrators, staff and community members will find this to be an excellent tool to assist in understanding how education is financed in Minnesota.
Presenting Minnesota's Public School Board Members Views to the State|
MSBA's legislative positions are adopted through what is recognized as one of the most grassroots approaches of any of the interests represented at the State Capitol. School board members from throughout the state are elected for a two-year term by their peers at MSBA's Fall Area Meetings held in September. These representatives come together in a Delegate Assembly (held in December) to discuss and vote on various legislative resolutions submitted by school boards and individual school board members. During an average year, over 50 legislative resolutions are submitted to the Delegate Assembly for consideration. Those resolutions that receive a majority vote, as well as positions adopted during previous years, become the basis for MSBA staff lobbying efforts on behalf of all public school board members in the state. Lobbying on behalf of Minnesota's public school board members is, and must be, a full time effort if we are to assure that our public school students receive the best possible education in a cost effective manner.
Additional Services the Governmental Relations Division Provides
- Annual update of the MSBA School Board Member Service Manual.
- Coordination of MSBA's election services to member schools, along with other MSBA staff.
- Provide liaison with Minnesota's U.S. Congressional delegation.
- Organization and/or presentation of information at various MSBA sponsored meetings.
- Provide consultant and speaker services to the membership by telephone or special meetings.