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Education Finance and Policy Committee
Monday, February 22, 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 3:02

S.F. 707: Senator Nelson: Education partnership program modification; coalition fund tier grants appropriations.

Senator Nelson presented SF 707

Testifiers: Sondra Samuels, President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone

                 Marissa Ding, Cradle2Career


Be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

S.F. 987: Senator Dornink: Legislative grant for prekindergarten through grade 12 educational programs evidence based standard establishment.

Senator Dornink presented SF 987

Be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

S.F. 783: Senator Chamberlain: Community education advisory council responsibilities modification; general community education revenue calculation and allowable uses modification; appropriation.

Senator Chamberlain passed the gavel to Senator Eichorn and then presented SF 783.

Testifier: Wendy Webster, Dir. of Community Services, St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools


Be laid over and maybe considered for omnibus bill.

S.F. 628: Senator Chamberlain: State assessments plan requirement.

Senator Chamberlain presented SF 628.

Testifiers: Joshua Crosson, EdAllies

                 Shana Morse, Gov't Relations, MDE


Senator Chamberlain moved that SF 628 be recommended to pass to the floor. Unanimous vote for approval to move SF 628 to the floor.



Be recommended to pass.

S.F. 859: Senator Hoffman: School health services modification to allow for the use of private clinical nursing authorization; functional behavioral assessment use modification; alternative delivery of specialized instructional services programs student participation authorization.

Senator Hoffman presented SF 859

Testifiers:   Pro Testifier: Gina Norris, Parent

                                        Maren Hulden, Attorney, Legal Services Advocacy Project


                   Con Testifiers: Jill Coyle, JD, ISD 196, District Attorney, MSBA

                                           Jeff Jorgensen, Edina Public Schools, MASE

                                           Daron Korte, Asst. Commissioner, MDE


Be laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:44

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