Greetings from the Capitol!
Another busy week at the Capitol has passed. All policy bills have now had to be heard once in both the House and the Senate to continue through the legislative process, as a result, committee schedules were jam-packed this week.
A few days ago, there was an article published in the Star Tribune that laid out Governor Dayton’s demands for the state’s 2018-2019 budget. I find it troubling that he would draw a line in the sand this early in budget negotiations. I encourage the Governor to join us in the committee process over the next couple weeks to help make sure his input is heard before the budget bills come to his desk for a signature.
Teacher Retention Reform:
This week, the House passed legislation that would repeal the “last in, first out” requirement when school districts are forced to make staff changes. By removing this default in state statute, school districts and local bargaining units are able to explore alternative options other than just seniority. Minnesota is just one of six states that mandates that seniority be used as the sole determining factor when making teacher staff changes; this mandate needs to end.
My children have been blessed by having some of the best teachers in state and I want to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity. We want to retain teachers that are most likely going to help our children succeed academically, no matter their seniority.
If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any issue related to state government, please feel free to contact me at either 651-296-3201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
I truly represent the best!