A MinnCan report

Minnesota legislative score card

Measuring support for education & student achievement in the 89th Legislature

Introduction

Dear friend,

I am excited to release MinnCAN’s second legislative scorecard, where you’ll find details on how Minnesota’s elected officials voted on key education policies over the last two years (the legislative biennium).

We began this project in 2013 to shine a light on the education policymaking process. You hear a lot from us throughout the year about the policies we think can move the needle for kids based on what we’re hearing from educators, parents, community advocates and students. Here we provide an official record of which priorities actually made it to a vote—something you’ll see is all too rare—and where state policymakers stood on those issues.

During the 89th Legislature, our bipartisan allies:

  • Passed trailblazing legislation to disaggregate and cross-tabulate student data to better understand how students of different backgrounds are faring;
  • Committed to exploring statewide solutions to improve school discipline;
  • Passed laws that open the door to out-of-state teachers;
  • Invested in early learning scholarships to support high-quality, parent-directed pre-K access;
  • Supported teacher diversity by funding programs to recruit, retain and train teachers of color;
  • Improved the quality of student teaching by setting minimum standards for mentor teachers;
  • Supported the expansion of career and technical education and dual enrollment programs; and
  • Increased school funding and resources.

While we know that there is much more work to be done, we are grateful for the dedication of Legislators and advocates to building a stronger system that serves all kids, particularly those most underserved. We look forward to ongoing partnership to advance our vision of a Minnesota where:

  • students and their families have equitable access to high-quality opportunities and resources;
  • teachers and school leaders are well-supported and effective; and
  • schools are rigorous and relevant, both academically and culturally.

In partnership,

Andrea Roethke
Interim Executive Director

How this scorecard works

We start by tracking when and where legislators actually took a vote. Many Minnesotans don’t know that most of our state education policy is passed as part of an omnibus bill, where a whole package of ideas is bundled together for a single up or down vote near the end of session. For this reason, many important issues never actually receive their own vote. What can we track votes on? Generally, votes on the omnibus bill itself and votes on formal amendments to that bill.

We identify which of the issues voted on had the potential to move the needle for kids. These priority issues make up the backbone of the scorecard, and we provide detailed voting data on each one.

We identify leaders focused on student-centered policy. Because the murky omnibus process makes it impossible to fully measure who most strongly supported education issues at the Capitol, we also look at who led by sponsoring key education policies. We offer “extra credit” to legislators who were out front on the key issues listed at the end of the scorecard.

We calculate an overall score. Legislators’ scores reflect a combination of the votes they took and their willingness to lead on education. First, we calculate a base percentage based on votes. For example, a legislator who voted for 80 percent of the scorecard’s priorities receives 80 points. Second, we add extra credit points for leadership. Spearheading important bills adds 15 points to a legislator’s base score, up to a maximum of 100 points.

DISCLAIMER: When judging the qualifications of any candidate or incumbent, voters should consider matters such as performance on committees, constituent service, and positions on all matters in addition to those reflected on the scorecard.

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SENATE SCORECARD

Displaying all scores
Senator
Major Cities
Party
District
Score
2014
Score
2016
 1234567Extra
Credit
Jim Abeler
Andover, Ramsey
R
35
*71 (In the House)40 
Bruce D. Anderson
Buffalo, St. Michael
R
29
7158 
Thomas M. Bakk
Hermantown, Rice Lake
DFL
3
1472 
Michelle R. Benson
Ham Lake, East Bethel
R
31
7143 
Terri E. Bonoff
Minnetonka, Plymouth
DFL
44
100100 
David M. Brown
Becker, Princeton
R
15
4329 
Jim Carlson
Eagan, Burnsville
DFL
51
2972 
Roger C. Chamberlain
Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake
R
38
8658 
Bobby Joe Champion
Minneapolis
DFL
59
4429 
Greg D. Clausen
Apple Valley
DFL
57
4472 
Richard Cohen
St. Paul
DFL
64
2972 
Kevin L. Dahle
Northfield, New Prague
DFL
20
4472 
Gary H. Dahms
Redwood Falls, Marshall
R
16
7272 
D. Scott Dibble
Minneapolis
DFL
61
4472 
Kari Dziedzic
Minneapolis
DFL
60
4472 
Chris A. Eaton
Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park
DFL
40
2958 
Kent Eken
Twin Valley, Moorhead
DFL
4
4472 
Michelle L. Fischbach
Paynesville, Sartell
R
13
7158 
Melisa Franzen
Edina, Bloomington
DFL
49
8672 
Paul E. Gazelka
Nisswa, Little Falls
R
9
7158 
Barb Goodwin
Colombia Heights, Fridley
DFL
41
1472 
Dan D. Hall
Burnsville, Lakeville
R
56
5658 
David W. Hann
Eden Prairie, Chanhassen
R
48
7158 
Foung Hawj
St. Paul
DFL
67
4472 
Jeff Hayden
Minneapolis
DFL
62
5872 
John A. Hoffman
Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids
DFL
36
4472 
Karin Housley
St. Mary's Point, Forest Lake, Stillwater
R
39
7144 
Bill Ingebrigtsen
Alexandria, Fergus Falls
R
8
5743 
Vicki Jensen
Owatonna, Faribault
DFL
24
4472 
Alice M. Johnson
Spring Lake Park, Blaine
DFL
37
4472 
Susan Kent
Woodbury, Maplewood
DFL
53
7272 
Mary Kiffmeyer
Big Lake, Elk River
R
30
7158 
Lyle Koenen
Clara City, Willmar
DFL
17
1443 
Ron Latz
St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Golden Valley Plymouth
DFL
46
8671 
Warren Limmer
Maple Grove, Rogers
R
34
4358 
Tony Lourey
Kerrick, Cloquet
DFL
11
2972 
John Marty
Roseville, St. Paul
DFL
66
2972 
James P. Metzen
South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights
DFL
52
4444 
Jeremy R. Miller
Winona, La Crescent
R
28
7244 
Carla J. Nelson
Rochester, Stewartville
R
26
10072 
Scott J. Newman
Hutchinson, Litchfield
R
18
8658 
Sean R. Nienow
Cambridge, North Branch
R
32
8658 
Julianne E. Ortman
Chanhassen, Chaska
R
47
7129 
David J. Osmek
Mound, Orono
R
33
7158 
Sandra L. Pappas
St. Paul
DFL
65
4472 
John C. Pederson
St. Cloud, Waite Park
R
14
7272 
Branden Petersen
Andover, Ramsey
R
35
10048 
Eric R. Pratt
Prior Lake, Shakopee
R
55
8686 
Roger J. Reinert
Duluth
DFL
7
2957 
Ann H. Rest
New Hope, Crystal
DFL
45
4372 
Julie A. Rosen
Vernon Center, Farmont
R
23
5829 
Carrie Ruud
Breezy Point, Brainerd
R
10
7129 
Tom Saxhaug
Grand Rapids, Bemidji
DFL
5
2972 
Bev Scalze
Little Canada, Mounds View
DFL
42
2972 
Matt Schmit
Red Wing, Lake City
DFL
21
4486 
David H. Senjem
Rochester
R
25
7272 
Kathy Sheran
Mankato, North Mankato
DFL
19
4458 
Katie Sieben
Newport, Cottage Grove
DFL
54
4458 
Rod Skoe
Clearbrook, Bemidji
DFL
2
2986 
Dan Sparks
Austin, Albert Lee
DFL
27
086 
LeRoy A. Stumpf
Plummer, Thief, River Falls
DFL
1
1558 
Dave Thompson
Lakeville, Farmington
R
58
8658 
David J. Tomassoni
Chishom, Hibbing
DFL
6
1458 
Patricia Torres Ray
Minneapolis, Richfield
DFL
63
5858 
Bill Weber
Luverne, Worthington
R
22
7172 
Torrey N. Westrom
Elbow Lake, Morris
R
12
5758 
Charles W. Wiger
Maplewood, White Bear Lake
DFL
43
4472 
Melissa H. Wiklund
Bloomington
DFL
50
4472 
✝ Reflects partial voting record; did not serve for full biennium
  • 1 Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act

    (HF826)
    This legislation provides clear definitions of bullying and intimidation, as well as prevention and intervention training and resources for students, staff and school volunteers. The law enumerates protections for students who are most likely to be bullied or harassed because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, disability, sex, age, national origin, immigration status, family and socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Students who are bullied or who feel unsafe in school have higher rates of absenteeism, lower aspirations to attend post-secondary schooling and below average GPAs. This legislation helps identify and hold schools accountable for student safety. The Senate passed the bill on April 3, 2014.

    Democrats – 36 yes, 3 no, 0 not voting;
    Republicans – 0 yes, 28 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the bill.

    1 Omnibus education policy and finance bill

    (HF844, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Bill passed

    The bill aimed to invest $400 million in new money to increase the basic per pupil formula by 1.5 percent in year one and 2 percent in year two—still below inflation but higher than original requests from the Governor, the House or Senate. The bill also sought to expand early learning programs targeted to low-income families, maintain and repair school buildings, increase Indian education aid and provide increased access to college in the schools. Beyond monetary investments, the bill also sought to make significant policy fixes, like meaningful and long overdue changes to Minnesota’s teacher licensure system to help our schools attract effective, experienced and diverse teachers from other states. It also sought to improve teacher mentorship programs, allow teachers in hard-to-staff schools to receive greater compensation and limit the amount of time students spend on testing. The Senate passed the bill on April 29, 2015.

    Democrats: 34 yes, 5 no;
    Republicans: 5 yes, 23 no.

  • 2 Staffing flexibility

    (Sen. Pratt Amendment to HF2397)
    Sen. Eric Pratt offered an amendment to the omnibus education policy bill that would repeal seniority-based layoffs and bumping, and would provide greater flexibility when assigning the best teachers to schools most in need. The amendment would require school districts and local unions to negotiate a process should school districts need to lay off teachers. Minnesota is one of only 14 states nationwide with a law that bases teacher layoffs on seniority. It doesn’t matter if a teacher goes the extra mile or increases student achievement; if that teacher is relatively new, he or she will be the first to be laid off. The Senate failed to pass the amendment on April 8, 2014.

    Democrats – 4 yes, 29 no, 5 not voting;
    Republicans – 25 yes, 0 no, 3 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    2 Access to early learning for low-income kids

    (Sen. Nelson Amendment to HF844, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    Current law allows the Minnesota Department of Education to cap the number of scholarship recipients served by any one program. Early learning programs that serve kids must be able to determine the number of low-income students they can adequately serve - not the state. Current law would allow the state to cap programs artificially low to deny kids access to certain programs, which is not the intent of the scholarship legislation. Sen. Carla Nelson offered an amendment to the omnibus education policy bill to remove this authority, ensuring high-quality programs are not forced to turn families away. The Senate rejected the amendment on April 28, 2015.

    Democrats: 1 yes, 37 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans: 28 yes, 0 no.

  • 3 Student teacher placement with effective mentors

    (Sen. Petersen Amendment to HF2397)
    Sen. Branden Petersen offered an amendment to the omnibus education policy bill that would require that, during their clinical experience, student teachers be placed only with effective educators, as determined by professional teacher evaluations. Teachers who are deemed ineffective by the three-year summative evaluation should concentrate on their own professional development rather than the development of our future teachers. The Senate failed to pass the amendment on April 8, 2014.

    Democrats – 3 yes, 32 no, 4 not voting;
    Republicans – 24 yes, 0 no, 4 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    3 Transgender access to public school facilities

    (Sen. Limmer Amendment to SF1495, 2015)
    OPPOSED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    Sen. Warren Limmer offered an amendment to the omnibus education bill that would prohibit transgender and gender nonconforming students from using public restrooms, locker rooms or any other gender specific public facility that does not match their assigned sex at birth. Students who feel unsafe or excluded in school have higher rates of absenteeism, lower aspirations to attend post-secondary schooling and below average GPAs. Welcoming environments must be the first step toward a great public education for all kids. The Senate rejected the amendment on April 29, 2015.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 37 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans: 25 yes, 3 no, 1 not voting.

  • 4 PSEO “gag rule”

    (HF2397 Conference Report)
    Post-Secondary Enrollment Options, or PSEO, enables 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders to earn college credit while still in high school. Colleges and universities can provide information to students and parents about PSEO, but only pertaining to the program’s academic benefits–not its financial perks. The final vote on the omnibus education policy bill hinged on a small, yet important provision allowing colleges and universities to talk about the money families could save by participating in the program. The Senate passed the conference report on May 14, 2014.

    Democrats – 32 yes, 4 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans – 5 yes, 21 no, 2 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the Conference Report.

    4 Student expulsion

    (Sen. Nienow Amendment to SF2744, 2016)
    OPPOSED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    Sen. Sean Nienow introduced an amendment to the omnibus education bill that would require school districts to expel students who “assault” a teacher. The state of Minnesota defines assault as “an act done with intent to cause fear in another” or “the infliction of or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon another.” Requiring expulsion based on this broad definition would disproportionately impact students with disabilities and students of color. MinnCAN believes that we can keep students in school while still addressing discipline issues by taking a restorative approach, providing students and families due process and ensuring educators have effective tools and supports. The Senate rejected the amendment on April 27, 2016.

    Democrats: 1 yes, 35 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 25 yes, 1 no, 2 not voting.

  • 5 Remedial instruction student reimbursement

    (Sen. Pratt Amendment to HF630)
    Sen. Pratt introduced the “Remedial Instruction; High School Diploma Warranty” provision as an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. This amendment instructs high schools to pay a portion of the tuition required for remedial courses taken by college students who graduated high school but did not exhibit proficiency in the subjects where they needed remediation. The Senate failed to pass the amendment on April 24, 2013.

    Democrats – 3 yes, 35 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans – 23 yes, 4 no, 1 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    5 Opening the door to out-of-state teachers

    (Sen. Rosen Amendment to SF2744, 2016)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment passed

    Minnesota schools hire out-of-state teachers to fill teacher shortages, increase teacher diversity and, more generally, hire the candidates best aligned with their school’s needs. After ongoing struggles to implement previously passed laws, Sen. Julie Rosen introduced an amendment to the omnibus education bill to bring sharper clarity around out-of-state teacher licensure requirements. Sen. Rosen’s amendment requires that a standard Minnesota teaching license be issued to any out-of-state teacher who 1) holds a similar teaching license from another state; 2) passes all required exams; and 3) has at least one year of teaching experience. The Senate passed the amendment on April 27, 2016, and a modified version of the amendment became law.

    Democrats: 9 yes, 27 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 26 yes, 0 no, 2 not voting.

  • 6 Seniority-based layoffs

    (Sen. Petersen Amendment to HF630)
    Sen. Petersen introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment would require school districts and local unions to negotiate a process should school districts need to lay off teachers. The Senate failed to pass the amendment on April 24, 2013.

    Democrats – 3 yes, 35 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans – 27 yes, 0 no, 1 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    6 Minnesota Student Survey

    (Sen. Nienow Amendment to SF2744, 2016)
    OPPOSED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety conduct the Minnesota Student Survey every three years for students across the state. The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors such as tobacco, alcohol and drug use, school climate, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, general health, sexual health and other topics. The results are used to ensure academic and nonacademic policies are targeted and relevant to Minnesota’s student body. This amendment would have required written parental consent before administering the survey, which would significantly reduce response rates and could potentially taint the data, preventing schools from serving kids comprehensively. The Senate rejected the amendment on April 27, 2016, keeping the surveys intact.

    Democrats: 2 yes, 34 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 25 yes, 0 no, 3 not voting.

  • 7 Seniority-based “bumping”

    (Sen. Petersen Amendment to HF630)
    Sen. Petersen introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment would remove the requirement that school districts implement “bumping” or the reinstatement of laid-off teachers based only on seniority and not on any other variables, such as subject expertise, effectiveness or innovation in the classroom. Under current law, should a Minnesota school lay off an English teacher who also happens to have a license in math, for example, that English teacher could replace a math teacher with less seniority. The Senate failed to pass the amendment on April 24, 2013.

    Democrats – 4 yes, 34 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans – 28 yes, 0 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    7 Public data on the distribution of effective teachers

    (Sen. Hann Amendment to SF2744)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    The fair distribution of effective and experienced educators is a lever for advancing equity in our schools. Teachers are the most important in-school factor for student growth and learning, but available data show that ineffective and inexperienced teachers tend to be concentrated in low-income and racially and ethnically diverse schools. We do not know the extent of the problem because the state is not required to provide public information on the number of effective and experienced teachers and where they teach. Sen. David Hann’s amendment would have required the state to provide real and public data on where ineffective and inexperienced educators are placed. The Senate rejected the amendment on April 27, 2016.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 36 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 20 yes, 5 no, 3 not voting.

  • This legislator received 15 extra credit points—factored into their final score—for displaying leadership on important policy or policies

HOUSE SCORECARD

Displaying all scores
Representative
Major Cities
Party
District
Score
2014
Score
2016
 123456789Extra
Credit
Tony Albright
Prior Lake, Jordan
R
55B
7882 
Susan Allen
Minneapolis
DFL
62B
3748 
Mark Anderson
Lake Shore, Wadena
R
09A
7882 
Paul Anderson
Starbuck, Sauk Centre
R
12B
8982 
Sarah Anderson
Plymouth
R
44A
8982 
Chad Anderson
Bloomington
R
50B
50 
Tom Anzelc
Balsam Township, Grand Rapids
DFL
05B
3737 
Jon Applebaum
Minnetonka, Plymouth
DFL
44B
48 
Joe Atkins
Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights
DFL
52B
2648 
Jeff Backer
Elbow Lake, White Bear Lake
R
12A
82 
Dave Baker
Willmar
R
17B
71 
Bob Barrett
Lindstrom, Chisago City
R
32B
10082 
Peggy Bennett
Wells
R
27A
82 
Connie Bernardy
Fridley, New Brighton
DFL
41A
3748 
David Bly
Northfield, Longsdale
DFL
20B
3748 
Lyndon Carlson Sr.
New Hope, Crystal
DFL
45A
3748 
Drew Christensen
Burnsville, Savage
R
56A
82 
Karen Clark
Minneapolis
DFL
62A
3748 
John Considine Jr.
Mankato, Eagle Lake
DFL
19B
48 
Tony Cornish
Vernon, Center, St. James
R
23B
5671 
Brian Daniels
Faribault, Medford
R
24B
82 
Kurt Daudt
Crown, Oak Grove
R
31A
7867 
Greg Davids
Preston, Spring Valley
R
28B
4471 
Jim Davnie
Minneapolis
DFL
63A
4848 
Matt Dean
Dellwood
R
38B
8982 
Raymond Dehn
Minneapolis
DFL
59B
3748 
Bob Dettmer
Forest Lake, White Bear Lake
R
39A
8982 
David Dill
Crane Lake
DFL
03A
1129 
Steve Drazkowski
Mazeppa, Pine Island
R
21B
9367 
Rob Ecklund
Crane Lake
DFL
03A
65 
Ron Erhardt
Edina
DFL
49A
2226 
Sondra Erickson
Princeton, Milaca
R
15A
9382 
Dan Fabian
Roseau
R
01A
8982 
Kelly Fenton
Woodbury
R
53B
82 
Peter Fischer
Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Mahtomedi
DFL
43A
3748 
Peggy Flanagan
Golden Valley, Plymouth, St. Louis Park
DFL
46A
100 
Mary Franson
Alexandria, Osakis
R
08B
7882 
Mike Freiberg
Golden Valley, Robbinsdale
DFL
45B
3748 
Pat Garofalo
Farmington
R
58B
9382 
Steve Green
Fosston, Todd
R
02B
8967 
Glenn Gruenhagen
Glencoe, Hutchinson
R
18B
9382 
Bob Gunther
Fairmont, Blue Earth
R
23A
6782 
Tom Hackbarth
Cedar Ham Lake
R
31B
7867 
Laurie Halverson
Eagan
DFL
51B
3748 
Rod Hamilton
Mountain Lake, Worthington
R
22B
8982 
Dave Hancock
Baudette
R
02A
82 
Rick Hansen
St. Paul
DFL
52A
2248 
Alice Hausman
St. Paul
DFL
66A
2248 
Josh Heintzeman
Baxter, Brainerd
R
10A
82 
Jerry Hertaus
Greenfield, Orono
R
33A
7882 
Debra Hilstrom
Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park
DFL
40B
3748 
Joe Hoppe
Chaska, Victoria
R
47B
8982 
Frank Hornstein
Minneapolis
DFL
61A
3748 
Melissa Hortman
Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids
DFL
36B
2248 
Jeff Howe
Rockville, St. Joseph
R
13A
10082 
Jason Isaacson
Shoreview, Roseville
DFL
42B
3748 
Brian Johnson
Cambridge, Isanti
R
32A
8982 
Clark Johnson
North Mankato, St. Peter
DFL
19A
3748 
Sheldon Johnson
St. Paul
DFL
67B
3748 
Phyllis Kahn
Minneapolis
DFL
60B
3748 
Tim Kelly
Red Wing, Cannon Falls
R
21A
8982 
Debra Kiel
Crookston, Andover
R
01B
10082 
Jim Knoblach
St. Cloud
R
14B
82 
Jon Koznick
Lakeville
R
58A
82 
Ron Kresha
Little Falls, Long Prairie
R
09B
10082 
Carolyn Laine
Colombia Heights, New Brighton
DFL
41B
3748 
Ann Lenczewski
Bloomington
DFL
50B
3329 
John Lesch
St. Paul
DFL
66B
3722 
Tina Liebling
Rochester
DFL
26A
4848 
Ben Lien
Moorhead, Oakport
DFL
04A
3748 
Leon Lillie
St. Paul
DFL
43B
3748 
Diane Loeffler
Minneapolis
DFL
60A
3748 
Kathy Lohmer
Stillwater, Lake Elmo
R
39B
7882 
Jenifer Loon
Eden Prairie
R
48B
9382 
Bob Loonan
Jackson, Shakopee
R
55A
82 
Eric Lucero
Alvertville, St. Michael
R
30B
82 
Dale Lueck
Crosby, Luverne
R
10B
82 
Tara Mack
Apple Valley
R
57A
6782 
Tim Mahoney
St. Paul
DFL
67A
3748 
Carlos Mariani
St. Paul
DFL
65B
3748 
Paul Marquart
Dilworth, Moorhead
DFL
04B
3748 
Sandra Masin
Eagan, Burnsville
DFL
51A
3748 
Joe McDonald
Delano, Rockford
R
29A
5671 
Denny McNamara
Hastings, Cottage Grove
R
54B
8982 
Carly Melin
Hibbing, Marble
DFL
06A
3726 
Jason Metsa
Virginia, Eveleth
DFL
06B
3737 
Tim Miller
Murdock, Benson
R
17A
82 
Rena Moran
St. Paul
DFL
65A
4848 
Joe Mullery
Minneapolis
DFL
59A
3748 
Erin Murphy
St. Paul
DFL
64A
3748 
Mary Murphy
Hermantown, Rice Lake
DFL
03B
2248 
Jim Nash
Mayer, Waconia
R
47A
82 
Michael Nelson
Brooklyn Park
DFL
40A
3748 
Jim Newberger
Becker, Foley
R
15B
6782 
Jerry Newton
Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park
DFL
37A
3748 
Bud Nornes
Fergus Falls, Perham
R
08A
10082 
Kim Norton
Rochester, Cascada
DFL
25B
5948 
Tim O'Driscoll
Sartell, Sauk Rapids
R
13B
8982 
Marion O'Neill
Buffalo, Monticello
R
29B
7882 
Gene Pelowski Jr.
Winona
DFL
28A
037 
Joyce Peppin
Rogers, Dayton
R
34A
7867 
John Persell
Bemidji, Moose Lake
DFL
05A
3748 
John Petersburg
Waseca, Owatonna
R
24A
8967 
Roz Peterson
Burnsville
R
56B
82 
Nels Pierson
Rochester, Stewartville
R
26B
82 
Dave Pinto
St. Paul
DFL
64B
48 
Jeanne Poppe
Austin, Lyle
DFL
27B
1148 
Cindy Pugh
Chanhassen, Shorewood
R
33B
8982 
Duane Quam
Byron, Kasson
R
25A
10082 
Jason Rarick
Hinckley Pine City
R
11B
82 
Paul Rosenthal
Edina, Bloomington, Minnetonka
DFL
49B
5948 
Linda Runbeck
Circle Pines
R
38A
7822 
Tim Sanders
Blaine
R
37B
8982 
Dan Schoen
St. Paul Park
DFL
54A
3748 
Joe Schomacker
Luverne
R
22A
8982 
Jennifer Schultz
Duluth
DFL
07A
48 
Peggy Scott
Andover
R
35B
5682 
Yvonne Selcer
Minnetonka, Eden Prairie
DFL
48A
5948 
Erik Simonson
Duluth
DFL
07B
3748 
Linda Slocum
Richfield, Bloomington
DFL
50A
3726 
Dennis Smith
Maple Grove, Osseo
R
34B
82 
Mike Sundin
Esko, Cloquet
DFL
11A
2237 
Chris Swedzinski
Ghent, Marshall
R
16A
8982 
Tama Theis
St. Cloud, Waite Park
R
14A
8982 
Paul Thissen
Minneapolis
DFL
61B
2248 
Paul Torkelson
Hanska, New Ulm
R
16B
7867 
Mark Uglem
Champlin, Hutchinson
R
36A
10071 
Dean Urdahl
Grove City
R
18A
9371 
Bob Vogel
Belle Plaine, New Prague
R
20A
82 
Jean Wagenius
Minneapolis
DFL
63B
3748 
JoAnn Ward
Woodbury, Maplewood
DFL
53A
3748 
Abigail Whelan
Coon Rapids, Anoka
R
35A
82 
Anna Wills
Apple Valley, Rosemont
R
57B
10082 
Ryan Winkler
Golden Valley, Plymouth, St. Louis Park
DFL
46A
3729 
Barb Yarusso
Shoreview, Mounds View
DFL
42A
3748 
Cheryl Youakim
Hopkins, St. Louis Park
DFL
46B
48 
Nick Zerwas
Elk River, Big Lake
R
30A
6782 
✝ Reflects partial voting record; did not serve for full biennium
  • 1 Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act

    (HF826)
    This legislation provides clear definitions of bullying and intimidation, as well as prevention and intervention training and resources for students, staff and school volunteers. The law enumerates protections for students who are most likely to be bullied or harassed because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, disability, sex, age, national origin, immigration status, family and socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Students who are bullied or who feel unsafe in school have higher rates of absenteeism, lower aspirations to attend post-secondary schooling and below average GPAs. This legislation helps identify and hold schools accountable for student safety. The House passed the bill on April 8, 2014.

    Democrats – 69 yes, 3 no, 1 not voting;
    Republicans – 0 yes, 60 no, 1 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the bill.

    1 Omnibus education bill

    (HF2, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Bill passed

    The omnibus education bill, spearheaded by education chairs Jenifer Loon and Sondra Erickson, aimed to streamline licensure for out-of-state and alternatively certified educators. The bill also reinforced existing law that established licensure via portfolio as an alternative method to a teaching license. The bill also sought to eliminate quality-blind, seniority-based layoffs and, instead, required school districts and unions to negotiate local layoff policies based on locally determined criteria. Though some of these provisions were negotiated away in conference committee, such as the changes to layoff laws and community expert approval, the House passed the bill on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 62 no;
    Republicans: 70 yes, 1 no, 1 not voting.

  • 2 Seniority-based layoffs

    (HF2397 Amendment 79)
    Rep. Sondra Erickson introduced an amendment to the 0mnibus education policy bill. The amendment would require school districts and local unions to negotiate a process should school districts need to lay off teachers. Minnesota is one of only 14 states nationwide with a law that bases teacher layoffs on seniority. It doesn’t matter if a teacher goes the extra mile or increases student achievement; if that teacher is relatively new, he or she will be the first to be laid off. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 4, 2014.

    Democrats – 0 yes, 70 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans – 51 yes, 0 no, 10 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    2 Quality-blind layoffs

    (Rep. Erickson Amendment to Rep. Mariani Amendment to HF2, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN, Amendment passed

    Rep. Sondra Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus education bill that would have required school districts and local unions to negotiate a process for conducting layoffs when necessary. The amendment would have also prevented “bumping,” which allows teachers to replace less senior teachers regardless of subject expertise or teacher effectiveness. Though it was ultimately negotiated away in conference committee, the House passed the amendment on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 62 no;
    Republicans: 69 yes, 0 no, 3 not voting.

  • 3 Student teacher placement with effective teachers

    (HF 2397 Amendment 53)
    Rep. Erickson offered an amendment to the omnibus education policy bill that would require that, during their clinical experience, student teachers be placed only with effective educators, as determined by professional teacher evaluations. Teachers who are deemed ineffective by the three-year summative evaluation should concentrate on their own professional development rather than the development of our future teachers. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 4, 2014.

    Democrats – 3 yes, 67 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans – 51 yes, 0 no, 10 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    3 Out-of-state teacher licensure

    (Rep. Erickson Amendment to Rep. Mariani Amendment to HF2, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment passed

    Rep. Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus education bill that requires Minnesota’s Board of Teaching to write clear rules and qualifications for teachers trained and experienced in other states to earn a standard Minnesota license. Under existing law, the Minnesota Board of Teaching or the Minnesota Department of Education required out-of-state teachers to discuss their qualifications with a Minnesota institution of higher education. Teachers are often instructed to take thousands of dollars worth of redundant and unnecessary coursework. Current practice has turned away several experienced, effective and diverse teachers in a time when Minnesota faces a devastating teacher shortage. This amendment blocked an effort to maintain the status quo and, instead, would shift the responsibility from higher education institutions in determining the qualifications of out-of-state teachers to Minnesota’s teacher licensure agencies. The House passed the amendment on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 62 no;
    Republicans: 71 yes, 0 no, 1 not voting.

  • 4 Women’s Economic Security Act

    (HF2536)
    This bill addresses economic insecurity and gender disparities threatening women and families. A vital provision in the legislation considered by the House removes the arbitrary $5,000 cap on early learning scholarships. The average tuition for early learning programs is about $6,000, so the $5,000 scholarship cap prevented some low-income families from enrolling their kids in high-quality early learning programs. The House removed this cap by passing the comprehensive version of HF2536 on April 9, 2014.

    Democrats – 70 yes, 0 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans – 36 yes, 24 no, 1 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the bill.

    4 Community expert notifications

    (Rep. Yarusso Amendment to HF2, 2015)
    OPPOSED by MinnCAN; Amendment passed

    Rep. Barb Yarusso introduced an amendment that requires districts send letters to families alerting them that their student’s teacher is a community expert. By attaching stigma to the community expert role, this amendment has a chilling effect on schools’ ability to recruit educators with deep subject matter expertise for tailored courses, or in critical shortage areas. The House passed the amendment, which eventually became law, on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 62 yes, 0 no;
    Republicans: 71 yes, 0 no, 1 not voting.

  • 5 Remedial instruction student reimbursement

    (HF630 Amendment 65-3)
    Rep. Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment requires the state to reimburse Minnesota high school graduates the cost of any remedial courses they are required to take before entering a Minnesota public higher education institution. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 23, 2013.

    Democrats – 0 yes, 73 no, 0 not voting;
    Republicans – 61 yes, 0 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    5 Principal accountability and effectiveness

    (Rep. Slocum Amendment to HF2, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    Rep. Linda Slocum introduced an amendment to the omnibus education bill that would require districts to discipline principals who do not make adequate progress in their improvement plans and require principal evaluations to include teacher surveys. Discipline includes warnings, termination or any other method a school administrator might deem necessary. In large part, principal effectiveness is based on the growth and proficiency of their students as well as the performance of their school’s educators. We at MinnCAN recognize that strong evaluations of school principals also require leaders have the autonomy to improve student outcomes and give educators the opportunity to grow in their profession. The House rejected the amendment on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 62 yes, 0 no;
    Republicans: 0 yes, 71 no, 1 not voting.

  • 6 Student placement with effective teachers

    (HF630 Amendment 61)
    Rep. Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment prevents school administrators from placing students in consecutive years with a teacher who receives the lowest evaluation rating. Students who are tracked with low-performing teachers often need effective teachers to bring them to proficiency. This amendment requires school administrators consider the needs of all kids. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 23, 2013.

    Democrats – 6 yes, 67 no, 0 not voting;
    Republicans - 61 yes, 0 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    6 Community expert approvals

    (Rep. Mariani Amendment to HF2, 2015)
    OPPOSED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    Rep. Carlos Mariani introduced an amendment to strike the provision for increased flexibility in HF 2, a bill which attempted to give schools more authority to hire community experts when efforts to recruit a fully-licensed teacher did not result in the right candidates. The bill sought to give schools more flexibility to make these decisions without explicit case-by-case approval from the Board of Teaching; a process which many school leaders find subjective and unpredictable. The House rejected the amendment on March 5, 2015.

    Democrats: 62 yes, 0 no;
    Republicans: 0 yes, 71 no, 1 not voting.

    Ultimately, however, the conference committee did not include this provision of HF 2 in final law.

  • 7 Charter School Authorizer Empowerment

    (HF630 Amendment 58)
    Rep. Kelby Woodard introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment requires the authorizers of chronically low-performing charter schools to either close the schools or write a letter to the Minnesota Department of Education explaining the benefits of the schools and how the schools might measure growth and proficiency differently from state standards. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 23, 2013.

    Democrats – 3 yes, 70 no, 0 not voting;
    Republicans – 60 yes, 1 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    7 Teacher loan forgiveness grant

    (Rep. Loon Amendment to HF2749, 2016)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment passed

    This loan forgiveness program offers financial support to educators working in teacher shortage areas. Rep. Jenifer Loon introduced this amendment to the omnibus education bill to increase investment from $200,000 a year to $2.2 million a year. The loan forgiveness grants will incentivize teachers to enter the profession and will help fill teacher shortages in hard-to-staff schools. The House passed the amendment, which eventually increased investment in the important program, on April 25, 2016.

    Democrats: 58 yes, 0 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 73 yes, 0 no.

  • 8 Seniority-based “bumping”

    (HF 630 Amendment 59)
    Rep. Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. The amendment would remove the requirement that school districts implement “bumping” or the reinstatement of laid-off teachers based only on seniority and not on any other variables, such as subject expertise, effectiveness or innovation in the classroom. Under current law, should a Minnesota school lay off an English teacher who also happens to have a license in math, for example, that English teacher could replace a math teacher with less seniority. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 23, 2013.

    Democrats – 0 yes, 73 no, 0 not voting;
    Republican – 57 yes, 4 no, 0 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    8 Minnesota Student Survey

    (Rep. Ward Amendment to HF2749, 2016)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Amendment failed

    The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety conduct the Minnesota Student Survey every three years for students across the state. The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors such as tobacco, alcohol and drug use, school climate, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, general health, sexual health and other topics. The results are used to ensure academic and nonacademic policies are targeted and relevant to Minnesota’s student body. The omnibus education bill sought to eliminate the Student Survey, but this amendment attempted to preserve it. Though it was ultimately preserved in conference committee, the House rejected the amendment on April 25, 2016.

    Democrats: 52 yes, 6 no, 3 not voting;
    Republicans: 0 yes, 73 no.

  • 9 Retaining effective teachers

    (HF630 Amendment 157)
    Rep. Erickson introduced an amendment to the omnibus K-12 education policy and finance bill. Should a school district need to resort to teacher layoffs, this amendment requires educators be laid off based on effectiveness, as demonstrated by the results of their teacher evaluation, rather than by seniority. The House failed to pass the amendment on April 23, 2013.

    Democrats –1 yes, 72 no, not voting;
    Republican – 59 yes, 1 no, 1 not voting.
    MinnCAN supported the amendment.

    9 Omnibus education bill

    (HF844, 2015)
    SUPPORTED by MinnCAN; Bill passed

    The bill aimed to invest $400 million in new money to increase the basic per pupil formula by 1.5 percent in year one and 2 percent in year two—still below inflation but higher than original requests from the Governor, the House or Senate. The bill also sought to expand early learning programs targeted to low-income families, maintain and repair school buildings, increase Indian education aid and provide increased access to college in the schools. Beyond monetary investments, the bill also sought to make significant policy fixes, like meaningful and long overdue changes to Minnesota’s teacher licensure system to help our schools attract effective, experienced and diverse teachers from other states. It also sought to improve teacher mentorship programs, allow teachers in hard-to-staff schools to receive greater compensation and limit the amount of time students spend on testing. The House passed the bill on April 25, 2015.

    Democrats: 0 yes, 60 no, 2 not voting;
    Republicans: 69 yes, 1 no, 2 not voting.

  • This legislator received 15 extra credit points—factored into their final score—for displaying leadership on important policy or policies

Important Policies

During the 89th Legislature, MinnCAN supported the legislative initiatives listed below, organized by theme. Some of these measures became law, and some never even reached committee or a floor vote. For the policies that reached a formal vote, we included that vote in our scoring. But legislators also lead much earlier in the process. If legislators authored, co-authored or introduced one or more of the below measures—regardless of how it played out–they received extra credit points for leadership.

Senate Legislation

Equitable access to high-quality opportunities and resources

  • SF1199 Child care assistance program provider reimbursement rates increase and appropriation
  • SF1236 Homeless and highly mobile students data reporting establishment
  • SF1276 Youth development educational partnership fund and appropriation
  • SF1334 College Possible for low-income students appropriation
  • SF1370 Early education services for students from adjoining states authorization
  • SF1536 Special school district #1, Minneapolis; girls in action pilot program establishment and appropriation
  • SF163 Education, formula allowance increased.
  • SF1750 W. Matthew Little Cultural and Educational Excellence Center planning grant appropriation
  • SF1781 Hmong and southeast Asian children and families early childhood resources access assistance and appropriation
  • SF1809 Early education funding increase and early learning scholarship transferability authorization; Parent Aware program participation enhancement; child care assistance program reimbursement rates maximum modification
  • SF2027 American Indian education aid program establishment
  • SF2224 Program to engage Somali children and families in accessing early childhood resources
  • SF2259 Student Preparation guidelines
  • SF2267 Safe routes to school grant program bond issue and appropriation
  • SF2411 Early learning scholarships, home visiting programs, and parent aware activities increased funding and modifications; appropriation
  • SF2561 K-12 pupil transportation additional funding
  • SF2597 All Kids Count Act
  • SF2652 Children's cabinet system redesign; basic sliding fee child care program modification; early learning scholarship eligibility modification and appropriation
  • SF2662 Under-performing school districts use of general education revenue at direction of commissioner of education to accelerate progress on world's best workforce goals requirement elimination
  • SF2756 Northside achievement zone and St. Paul promise neighborhood base level increase establishment; education partnership pilot grants increase authorization
  • SF2865 Competitive grant programs to increase the financial literacy of girls and women of color appropriation
  • SF2885 Girls of color academic success pilot grant program creation and appropriation
  • SF2916 Girls of color to explore and pursue STEM careers pilot grant program appropriation
  • SF3 Rural mental health professionals, public health nurses, dental therapists, and advanced dental therapists added to the health professional education loan forgiveness program; and money appropriated
  • SF3027 College possible program increased funding and appropriation
  • SF3103 Parent-child home program for early childhood literacy and school readiness funding increase
  • SF3125 Sanneh foundation grant for year-round mentoring and tutoring services for low-performing and chronically absent students appropriation
  • SF3150 Education innovation partners cooperative center matching grant appropriation
  • SF3153 Nefertiti Institute for Sisterhood grant appropriation
  • SF3190 Minnesota initiative foundations for sustainable child care in rural Minnesota appropriation
  • SF3204 Summer academic enrichment program appropriation
  • SF3208 Child care legislative task force created, and report to legislature and governor required.
  • SF3276 Struggling students in grades 3 to 5 help to read at grade level pilot project establishment and appropriation
  • SF3294 School-linked mental health services appropriation
  • SF3347 Students with limited or interrupted formal education funding increase and appropriation
  • SF3406 American Indian students educational disparities reduction appropriation
  • SF3408 Girls in action education program grant appropriation
  • SF3475 Targeted home visiting program and early childhood literacy grant program establishment and appropriation
  • SF630 Homeless children early educational services eligibility authorization and appropriation
  • SF849 Minnesota learning resource center A Chance to Grow grant appropriation

Teachers and school leaders are well-supported and effective

  • SF0959 School year-long student teaching programs inclusion in teacher preparation programs rules curriculum requirements; pilot program grants and appropriation
  • SF1048 Teacher and principal evaluation results reporting modification and requirements
  • SF113 Teacher development and evaluation revenue for educational cooperatives and education districts provided.
  • SF1188 School district seclusion and restraint reduction training and technical assistance appropriation
  • SF1273 Alternative teacher preparation grant program established, and money appropriated.
  • SF1364 Student Support Services Personnel Act
  • SF1495 Omnibus education policy bill
  • SF1498 Alternative teacher professional pay system hiring bonuses for effective teachers authorization
  • SF1719 Basic alternative teacher compensation aid statewide cap increase
  • SF1795 Teacher training programs and grants for underrepresented student populations; investment tax credit authorized; appropriation
  • SF1834 Teacher mentorship programs expansion, development and implementation requirements; taxable income modifications; appropriation
  • SF1890 Excellence in teaching program establishment and appropriation
  • SF2256 Teacher development and evaluation opportunities expansion; principals development and evaluation opportunities; alternative compensation program modification; appropriation
  • SF2308 Literacy/dyslexia specialists requirement and appropriation
  • SF2370 Special education paraprofessional licensure supported, and money appropriated.
  • SF2434 Teachers trained in other states licensing clarification
  • SF2470 Teacher license renewal suicide prevention training requirement
  • SF2513 Teacher Shortage Act
  • SF2516 Grow Your Own teacher residency pilot program and appropriation
  • SF2553 Independent school district #625, St. Paul; underrepresented populations teacher recruitment grants establishment
  • SF2556 Teacher development and evaluation opportunities expansion; principals development and evaluation opportunities; alternative compensation program modification; appropriation
  • SF2610 Effective and diverse teachers access for all students
  • SF2617 High school teachers dual enrollment instruction board of teaching standards adoption
  • SF2651 Teacher licensure legislative task force establishment
  • SF2908 Teacher shortage provisions; district employee career advancement grant program; special education professionals caseload maximums; American Indian teachers; teacher tax and student loan credits; appropriations
  • SF2929 Collaborative urban educator grant recipients to offer teacher preparation candidates African American history, culture and heritage instruction
  • SF298 Temporary teaching licensure extension to initial teaching licensure authorization
  • SF2981 K-12 teacher licensure and professional development income tax credit
  • SF3003 Collaborative urban educator program teachers of color in Minnesota schools increase authorization
  • SF3006 Alternative teacher preparation grant program and appropriation
  • SF3163 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) online early childhood teacher preparation program establishment and appropriation
  • SF3522 Early childhood through grade 12 teacher shortage career opportunities appropriation
  • SF3549 Diverse and minority high school students careers in education pilot program grant appropriation
  • SF524 Principals leadership institute provisions modifications and appropriation
  • SF559 Alternative teacher licensure provisions modifications

Schools are rigorous and relevant, both academically and culturally

  • SF2962 Charter school closures trustee oversight requirement
  • SF0472 High school career advising services appropriation
  • SF0990 Digital student achievement backpack establishment
  • SF1001 Student discipline provisions modifications
  • SF1002 Individualized education programs for students with disabilities paraprofessional training provisions modifications
  • SF1017 After-school community learning grant program establishment
  • SF1206 Full-service community schools establishment and appropriation
  • SF1467 College concurrent enrollment program full funding provision and appropriation
  • SF1585 Charter school students extracurricular activities participation in resident district authorization
  • SF1864 InScite for High Tech Kids hands-on engineering education program appropriation
  • SF1883 Career and technical education need grant programs established, and money appropriated.
  • SF1905 Charter school provisions modifications
  • SF1918 Numeracy incentive aid for students
  • SF1927 Pupil transportation procedures for nonresident charter school pupils modified.
  • SF1933 School districts English language learners proficiency financial incentive
  • SF1962 General education disparity aid for school districts or charter schools with below average revenue creation
  • SF1990 Dakota and Ojibwe language preservation funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • SF2286 Community education youth after-school enrichment revenue increase
  • SF2306 Deaf or hard-of-hearing children special education services eligibility charter school enrollment authorization
  • SF2396 School districts funding increase; general education basic formula allowance and local optional revenue indexing; appropriation
  • SF2545 Charter schools cash flow adjustment modification
  • SF2732 After-school, culturally focused arts program for underperforming kindergarten through grade 5 students appropriation
  • SF2744 Omnibus education policy bill
  • SF2781 Schools alternative compensation funding receipt assurance
  • SF2789 East African youth and family anti-violence outreach program and appropriation
  • SF2813 Full-service community schools funding increase
  • SF2814 Student discipline working group creation to review pupil fair dismissal act and related student discipline
  • SF2814 Student discipline working group creation to review pupil fair dismissal act and related student discipline
  • SF2898 The Student Inclusion and Engagement Act
  • SF2961 Charter Schools serving at-risk student populations accountability measures establishment
  • SF299 Northwestern online college in the high school program appropriation
  • SF3097 Independent school district #742, St. Cloud; preschool pilot program establishment and appropriation
  • SF3133 Peace officers de-escalation and nonlethal force training and appropriation
  • SF3183 Takeoff 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) for Somali youth appropriation
  • SF3207 Charter schools increased access to extended time program funding authorization and appropriation
  • SF3232 Public schools desegregation and integration rules commissioner of education rule adoption authority clarification
  • SF3423 Somali youth and community resilience organizations grant appropriation
  • SF3622 Voluntary school social worker aid program and appropriation
  • SF472 High school career advising services appropriation
  • SF553 Recess policy for elementary school students required to be adopted by school districts.
  • SF553 Recess policy for elementary school students requirement
  • SF607 Minnesota reading corps program appropriation
  • SF626 School-linked mental health grants and homeless youth mental services appropriation
  • SF856 Public postsecondary institutions directed to give full credit to students for completed Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) courses, and report required.
  • SF871 Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) remedial education process regulation

House Legislation

Equitable access to high-quality opportunities and resources

  • HF0317 Increasing Head Start Funding
  • HF1057 Child care assistance program provider rates modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF1219 data on homeless and highly mobile students reported
  • HF1259 Early education services authorized for students from adjoining states
  • HF1391 College Possible funding provided, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1428 Homeless children qualified for early educational services and money appropriated
  • HF152 Early learning scholarship program funding increased, neighborhood achievement zone services extended, basic sliding child fee care assistance program fully funded, provider reimbursement rates modified, home visiting program expanded, and money appropriated
  • HF1676 Educational partnership fund established, and money appropriated
  • HF1849 General education basic formula allowance increased.
  • HF1861 Early education program funding increased, early learning scholarship transferability created, Parent Aware program participation enhanced, child care assistance program maximum reimbursement rates modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF1894 Girls in Action pilot program funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF1896 W. Matthew Little Cultural and Educational Excellence Center planning grant funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF1930 Hmong and Southeast Asian children and family program provided to engage in accessing early childhood care and education, health and developmental screening, and reading assessments
  • HF2064 Minnesota Learning Resource Center funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF211 Rural mental health professionals, public health nurses, dental therapists, and advanced dental therapists added to the health professional education loan forgiveness program; and money appropriated.
  • HF2147 American Indian education aid program established, and Bureau of Indian Education school equalization cap eliminated
  • HF226 School readiness program funding increased, and money appropriated
  • HF2388 Safe routes to school grant program funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated
  • HF2411 Parents of prekindergarten children who are eligible for special education services and have a primary disability of being deaf or hard-of-hearing enrollment in a charter school serving a special education population of primarily deaf and hard-of-hearing allowed, enrollment process established, and money appropriated.
  • HF2432 K-12 Pupil transportation additional funding provided
  • HF2488 State fund to pay for unreimbursed special education costs created, tuition bill-backs to the resident school district eliminated, special education excess cost aid increased, and money appropriated
  • HF2586 Student Preparation guidelines
  • HF2670 Early learning scholarships, home visiting programs, and parent aware activities funding increased; early learning scholarship cap eliminated, and eligible are range for early learning scholarships and targeted home visiting program expanded
  • HF2738 Kindergarten through grade 5 after-school, culturally focused arts program to improve the reading, math, and life skills of underperforming students provided, and money appropriated
  • HF2908 Homeless student additional support provided, professional development opportunities for staff who work with homeless students created and money appropriated
  • HF3031 Girls of color academic success pilot grant program created, report required, and money appropriated
  • HF3032 Girls and women of color financial literacy competitive grant funding provided, report required, and money appropriated
  • HF3033 Girls of color pilot grant program to encourage and support exploring and pursuing STEM careers created, report required, and money appropriated
  • HF3042 Counting all students proposed; and aggregated and disaggregated student growth, learning, and outcome data collected and reported
  • HF3042 Counting all students proposed; and aggregated and disaggregated student growth, learning, and outcome data collected and reported
  • HF3050 Somali children and family engagement program in accessing early childhood care and education, early childhood health and developmental screening, and reading assessments provided; and money appropriated
  • HF3103 College Possible program funding increased, and money appropriated
  • HF3229 Tribal education liaison funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3239 Education partnership pilot grant funding increased, Northside Achievement Zone and St. Paul Promise Neighborhood base level funding increased, and money appropriated.
  • HF3327 Under-performing district use of general education revenue at the commissioner's direction to accelerate progress on world's best workforce goals requirement eliminated.
  • HF3332 Struggling student pilot project to help those in grades 3 to 5 read at grade level established, and money appropriated
  • HF3405 Year-round mentoring and tutoring services targeting low-performing and chronically absent students with a focus on low-income students and students of color grant provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3436 Child care legislative task force created, and report to legislature and governor required.
  • HF3446 Hope Community, Inc. grant funding provided; report required; and money appropriated
  • HF3448 Project Diva grant funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3449 Nefertiti Institute for Sisterhood grant funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3450 Girls in Action grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3477 Sustainable child care in rural Minnesota funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF350 Education; formula allowance increased.
  • HF3522 School district early learning programs continuity increased
  • HF3574 Summer academic enrichment program funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3618 Students with limited or interrupted formal education additional funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3632 Basic sliding fee child care program modified, system redesign provided, early learning scholarship eligibility modified, and money appropriated
  • HF3674 Education Innovation Partners cooperative matching grant for professional development authorized, and money appropriated
  • HF3755 Parent-child home program funding increased
  • HF3765 American Indian student educational disparity addressment funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3871 Strategies to prevent over-enrolling minority students and English learners in special education and dismissing more minority students with disabilities pursued, cultural competency emphasized, and working group to examine the over-representation established.
  • HF3939 College Possible required to hire demographically representative coaches and provide additional training
  • HF3942 Asian youth summer camp program grants provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3995 Driver education program access expended for low-income students, driver education work group
  • HF785 General education funding modified.

Teachers and school leaders are well-supported and effective

  • HF0384 School year-long student teaching programs made part of teacher preparation, and money appropriated.
  • HF1024 School district restrictive procedures modified, training and technical assistance provided to school districts to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint, money appropriated
  • HF1347 Alternative teacher preparation grant program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1591 Education policy provided including educator preparation, licensure, accountability, statewide standards, student assessments, educating students and young children, education programs, special education, charter schools, general education, libraries, other facilities, technology, and state agencies, and money appropriated
  • HF1629 School districts allowed to compensate highly effective teachers teaching in hard-to-staff settings
  • HF1913 Temporary teaching licensure extension to initial teaching licensure authorization
  • HF1955 Teacher mentorship program importance reaffirmed, taxable income modifications made, and money appropriated.
  • HF2041 Excellence in teaching program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF2045 Student Support Services Personnel Act
  • HF2068 Basic alternative teacher compensation aid statewide cap increased
  • HF247 Teacher licensure interstate reciprocity agreements provided.
  • HF2622 Teacher license renewal suicide prevention training requirement
  • HF2695 Literacy/dyslexia specialists required, and money appropriated.
  • HF2732 Teaching Board directed to adopt standards for an endorsement enabling licensed high school teachers to provide dual enrollment instruction at high school
  • HF2733 Licensing teachers trained in other states certified
  • HF2805 Grow Your Own teacher residency pilot program established, and money appropriated
  • HF2940 Teacher development and evaluation opportunities for all school districts expanded, alternative compensation program modified, and money appropriated
  • HF2944 All students, including low-income and minority students, provided with improved and equitable access to effective and more diverse teachers
  • HF2981 Schools determined eligible and notified of participation in the alternative compensation revenue program alternative compensation funding ensured, and money appropriated
  • HF3132 Teacher shortage act created and money appropriated
  • HF3133 Legislative task force to review the legislative auditor’s 2016 report on kindergarten through grade 12 teacher licensure and consider how to implement the recommendations established
  • HF3273 Urban educator grant recipients directed to offer teacher preparation candidates African American history, culture, and heritage instruction
  • HF3292 K-12 teacher licensure and professional development tax credit allowed
  • HF334 Teacher development and evaluation revenue for educational cooperatives and education districts provided.
  • HF3340 Collaborative urban educator program modified to increase the number of teachers of color in Minnesota schools, and money appropriated
  • HF3371 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities online early childhood teacher preparation program development funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3427 Special education paraprofessional licensure supported, and money appropriated.
  • HF3430 Alternative teacher preparation program established, and money appropriated
  • HF3735 Teacher Tax Credit and Provisions addressing teacher shortages provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3949 Diverse and minority Minnesota high school student pilot program to assist in preparing for careers in education funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF589 Alternative teacher licensure amended, and teacher license reciprocity allowed
  • HF642 Teacher and principal evaluation result reports required
  • HF643 Principal’s Leadership Academy provisions modified, and money appropriated

Schools are rigorous and relevant, both academically and culturally

  • HF1150 Minnesota state colleges and universities (MnSCU) remedial education process regulation
  • HF1233 Student discipline provision modification regarding parent notification, prohibiting suspension of young children, requiring report of student summary data of instance, offering alternatives to suspensions
  • HF1237 Individualized education program provisions modified
  • HF1462 School-linked mental health grants and mental health services provided to homeless youth funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1692 Charter School Students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities of their resident district
  • HF1709 Full-service community schools provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1762 Districts that enhance proficiency for English language learners provided financial incentive
  • HF1763 Eighth grade student numeracy incentive aid created
  • HF1800 Robotics program grant for expansion in schools in greater Minnesota authorized, and money appropriated.
  • HF1838 Charter school provisions modifications
  • HF1891 Dakota and Ojibwe language preservation funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1897 Career and technical education need grant programs established, and money appropriated.
  • HF1973 Underrepresented student populations recruited, educated, and licensed to teach in elementary and secondary schools; tax credit for teacher preparation program-related expenses provided; grants provided; and money appropriated
  • HF1990 Digital student achievement backpack provided
  • HF2039 Pupil transportation procedures for nonresident charter school pupils modified.
  • HF2161 New source of state aid for school districts with below average revenue created.
  • HF2559 Peace officers de-escalation and nonlethal force training and appropriation
  • HF2713 Charter school extended time program funding access increased, and money appropriated.
  • HF2715 School district funding increased, general education basic formula allowance and local optional revenue indexed to the annual increases in the rate of inflation, and money appropriated
  • HF2724 Voluntary school social work aid program funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF2731 School-linked mental health services funding provided, and money appropriated
  • HF2860 Underrepresented population local grants to pursue a teaching career or attain a license in a teacher shortage area provided, and money appropriated
  • HF2891 Community education youth after-school enrichment revenue funding increased.
  • HF3008 Charter Schools serving at-risk student populations additional accountability measures established
  • HF3041 Nonexclusionary policies and practices made a central focus of pupil discipline, and money appropriation.
  • HF3046 Full-service community schools funding increased
  • HF3047 Charter school closures trustee oversight requirement
  • HF3054 East African youth and family antiviolence outreach program established, and money appropriated.
  • HF3066 Early childhood and prekindergarten through grade 12 education, including general education, education excellence, charter schools, special education, facilities and technology, and sufficiency and lifelong learning provided
  • HF3240 Charter school cash flow adjustment for special education schools
  • HF3254 St. Cloud Area School District preschool pilot program for low-income students and English language learners grant provided, and money appropriated
  • HF3313 Student Discipline Working Group created to review the substance application, and effect of Minnesota’s pupil fair dismissal act and make recommendations to the legislature
  • HF3330 Somali community support grant funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF3523 Charter schools authorized to participate in the school readiness program, and money appropriated
  • HF3543 Education commissioner’s authority to adopt desegregation and integration rules for Minnesota’s public schools clarified, and eligible district defined in a statute
  • HF3855 Career and technical program funding increased, incentives for students in programs leading to certificates expanded, education commissioner authorized to determine qualifying certificates, and money appropriated
  • HF552 Employment and economic development career counseling service funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF568 Minnesota Reading Corps program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF724 College concurrent enrollment program full funding provision and appropriation
  • HF897 Recess policy for elementary school students required to be adopted by school districts.
  • HF897 Recess policy for elementary schools students to be adopted by school districts
  • HF947 After-school community learning grant program established, and money appropriated
  • HF982 Public postsecondary institutions directed to give full credit to students for completed Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) courses, and report required.