How This Legislation
Will Bring Minnesota
Forward As A World Class Education System
This legislative Initiative is a call for a systemic change in the teaching and learning happening is our schools. It challenges the status quo of teaching and learning. Teaching becomes student centered and active in nature. Students would be taught advanced thinking skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, Inquiry learning and problem based learning, along with how to work collaboratively. All skills provide evidence of narrowing the achievement gap.
When this legislative proposal was introduced in December 2019, we reached out to House and Senate Education Policy and Finance Committee members. We had collected 46 signatures in the House and in the Senate, bipartisan support. We had been beaten by the pandemic and the Capitol was shut down. We returned with our efforts and last session, and captured 28 signatures, with chief authors, in both the House and Senate. There was no settlement that session. A surplus of $17 Billion remains. Governor Walz likes this proposal, in part because it addresses the achievement gap. As a result, we have been asked by the Governor’s office to share our information with all districts in the state, as well as, other agencies. Because of that surplus, we have requested that the Governor move this legislative language into Rule. We continue to build support from the business world as they recognize the need for a better prepared workforce. This past session ended with no willingness of the Governor to move our legislative initiative into Rule. Lobbyists from MSBA, EdMN and MASA successfully stopped our efforts during the last legislative session. They collectively advocated for local control and no mandates. Our work holds districts accountable. Districts have a long history of fraudulent behavior in receiving dollars from the legislature and not spending it as intended. Speak out and tell the governor to hold districts responsible for the money they receive.
https://mn.gov/governor/contact/ Click on the link and asked the Governor to move the language into Rule.