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Education Finance and Policy Committee
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
3:00 PM, Livestream YouTube


Present: Senator Roger C. Chamberlain - Chair, Senator Justin D. Eichorn Vice Chair, Senator Julia E. Coleman, Senator Steve Cwodzinski, Senator Zach Duckworth, Senator Jason Isaacson, Senator Mary K. Kunesh, Senator Scott J. Newman, Senator Charles W. Wiger

Absent: No Members Absent

Senator Roger C. Chamberlain called the meeting to order at 3:04

S.F. 380: Senator Draheim: School board publication of consulting fees information.

Sen Draheim presented SF 380

Testifier: Tina Burkholder, MSBA officials


Be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

S.F. 438: Senator Chamberlain: Commissioner of education academic standards review cycle suspension and reporting requirement.

Senator Chamberlain gave the gavel to Senator Eichorn.

Senator Chamberlain moved SF 438 A-1 DE amendment. Passed on a voice vote.  He then presented the SF 438 as amended.

Testifiers: Adosh Unni, MDE

                 David Law, Anoka Hennepin Schools Superintendent

                 Kim Lewis, MSBA

Following discussion, Senator Chamberlain moved that SF 438, as amended, be sent to Senate Finance. Passed on a voice vote.

As amended, recommended to pass and re-referred to the Finance Committee.

S.F. 2: Senator Nelson: Peacetime emergency authority elimination of governor\'s authority to use peacetime emergency restrictions on schools authorization.

Senator Chamberlain welcomed Senator Nelson to the committee. She presented SF 2 to the committee.

Testifiers: Adosh Unni, MDE

Deb Henton, MASA

Bridget Pulos, M.D. Rochester Public Schools parent

Kofi Montzka

Be recommended to pass.

S.F. 522: Senator Clausen: Teacher preparation programs online coursework inclusion requirement.

Senator Clausen moved the A1 522. Passed on a voice vote. Senator Clausen presented SF522 as amended.

Testifier: Alex Liuzzi, PELSB Exec. Dir.

                Eva Pohl, Park Rapids Schools

As amended, laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:48

Senator Roger C. Chamberlain, Chair
Judith Donovan, Legislative Assistant