House Education Finance Division 3/27/19


>>CHAIR DAVNIE: GOOD MORNING; EVERYONE. I’D LIKE TO CALL MARCH 27 MEETING OF THE K-12 EDUCATION FINANCE DIVISION TO ORDER; PLEASE. REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON TRADITIONALLY YOU ARE THE ONE WHO SPENDS THE MOST DETAILED TIME WITH THE MINUTES. THE MOST CRITICAL TIME INCLUDING THE OCCASIONAL PUNCTUATION CHANGE NEEDED. HAVE YOU HAD A OPPORTUNITY WITH YESTERDAY’S MINUTES; MARCH 26 MINUTES?>>MR. CHAIR; I MOVE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 26>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE ERICKSON MOTION? SEEING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH; REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON. MEMBERS; JUST A HEADS UP REMINDER OF THE DAY; WE ARE MEETING THIS MORNING; WE LIKE EACH OTHER SO MUCH WE ARE MEETING AGAIN THIS EVENING. WASH; RINSE REPEAT DOING THAT AGAIN TOMORROW AS WELL. SO; QUALITY TIME WITH EACH OTHER. WE GOT SEVERAL BILLS TO MOVE THROUGH TODAY. TIME LIMITS I BELIEVE ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR TIME ON YOUR AGENDA’S AS WELL AND POSTED PUBLICLY. SO; OUT OF RESPECT FOR EVERYONE WHO IS HERE; I HOPE THAT WE CAN ADHERE TO THOSE THE BEST WE CAN. WITH THAT; REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE. WELCOME TO COMMITTEE.>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE. GOOD MORNING. I LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 882 FOR INCLUSION IN A FUTURE DIVISION REPORT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: WE USUALLY SAY POSSIBLE INCLUSION.>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE: POSSIBLE. PROPOSE TO INCREASE THE FORMIAL AALLOWANCE BY THREE PERCENT IN FISCAL YEAR 20 AND FISCAL YEAR 21. THIS PROVIDES A INCREASE OF $189 PER PUPIL IN FISCAL YEAR 20 AND $195 PER PUPIL IN FISCAL YEAR 21. HOUSE FILE 882 ALSO TIES FUTURE FORMULA INCREASES TO INFLATION STARTING FISCAL YEAR 2022 AND LATER BASED ON THE CPI. THE PER PUPIL BASIC FORMULA IS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF REVENUE FOR THE SCHOOL IST DERICATE; ACCOUNTING FOR APPROXIMATELY 56 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL OPERATING REVENUE. SINCE 2003 THE FORMULA HAS NOT KEPT UP WITH INFLATION AND ACCORDING TO MDE THE FISCAL YEAR 19 FORMULA ALLOWANCE IS $617 LOWER THEN THE 03 ALLOWANCE AFTER ADJUSTING FOR PUPIL UNIT CHANGES IN INFLATION. ADJUSTING THE FORMULA TO INFLATION PROVIDES SCHOOL DISTRICTS PREDICTABILITY AND STABILITY WHICH THEY GREATLY NEED TO PLAN PROGRAMMING AND MAKING STAFFING DECISIONS. WITH THAT; TODAY I HAVE SEVERAL TESTIFIERS STARTING OUT IS DR. MICHAEL MACKENZIE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: DR. MACKENZIE; WELCOME AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED.>>MICHAEL MACKENZIE: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE. I HAVE BEEN A ETCH TOER 30 YEARS AND NOW AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I’M HERE TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE 882. IT INCREASES THE FUNDING FORMULA BY 3 PERCENT BUT TIES TO INFLATION. PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE SCRAMBLING FOR RESOURCES BECAUSE WE HAD 15 YEAR HISTORY OF UNDER FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS THE STATE’S SHARE HASN’T KEPT UP WITH INFLATION. IT IS 18 PERCENT LESS IN 2003 IN REAL DOLLARS. THAT MEANS 93 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA 330 SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE LESS PER PUPIL AID IN REAL DOLLARS IN 2019 THEN THEY DID IN 2003. ANOTHER PROBLEM IS CHRONIC SHORT FALL OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING. MINNESOTA SCHOOL DISTRICTS THIS YEAR SPENT $750 MILLION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION COST. THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS WERE SUPPOSED TO PAY AND DIDN’T. IN WHITE BEAR LAKE OR YEARLY SPECIAL EDUCATION CROSS SUBSIDIES IS BIT MORE THEN 11 MILLION $11 MILLION NOW. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE SCHOOL? I TELL YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING IN WHITE BEAR LAKE; BUDGET REDUCTION CAUSE HIGHER LESS CLASSES INDIVIDUAL ELECTIVES NOT B TO OFFERED; SUPPORT STAFF HOURS TO BE CUT; THEY REDUCE SCHOOL S TO WHAT IS REQUIRED INSTEAD OF WHAT IS BEST. IMAGINE HOW THE TALKS IN THE ROOM ARE DIFFERENT EVERY 2 YEARS IF WE TIED THE FUNDING TO INFLATION. INSTEAD OF STARTING THE CONVERSATION HOW TO AFFORD CUTS WE CAN TALK BY HOW TO MAKE THE SCHOOLS BETTER. WE CAN BEGIN TALKING ABOUT WHAT OUR STUDENTS NEED; SMALLER CLASS SIZES; MORE STUDENT SUPPORT LIKE PARAPROFESSIONAL; SCHOOL COUNSELORS; SOCIAL WORKERS AND BRINGING BACK LOST ELECTIVES THAT INSPIRE THE STUDENT TO CONTINUE IN EDUCATION. PLEASE SUPPORT HOUSE FILE 882 SO MINNESOTA CAN GET DLOSEER TO FULL FUNDING OF SCHOOLS AND CLOSER TO THE FUNDING THE STUDENT DESERVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.>>THANK YOU. NEXT TESTIFIER WE HAVE IS DAVID [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] SUPERINTENDENT FROM ANOKA HENNEPIN. GO AHEAD AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED.>>I WE WILL BRIEF. DAVID LAW SUPERINTENDENT FOR ANOKA HENNEPIN SCHOOL DISTRICT AND AS I TESTIFY I WILL TALK ABOUT THE GREAT WORK YOU HAVE BEEN DOING. I HAVE BROUGHT THE FACING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TODAY. TO MY RIGHT A YOUNG MAN I HAVE KNOWN SINCE BIRTH RORY IS THREE YEARS OLD. HIS TEACHER SAYS HE CAN IDENTIFY LETTERS AND NUMBERS; LISTEN TO INSTRUCTION AND ENGAGE IN ACTIRFBTY. AFTER EACH DAY RORY BRINGS HOME WORK SAMPLES. THIS IS SOMETHING HE WROTE OR BUILT. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR. A STUDENT I MET ABOUT A MONTH AGO; A 5TH GRADER AT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] GROWN IN CONFIDENCE OVER THREE YEARS. HER PARENTS HAVE SEEN INDEPENDENT SKILLS DEVELOP WHICH MAKE THEM PROUD OF HER. PARTICIPATE IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND SHOWING PERSONAL GROWTH IN MANY AREAS BECAUSE OF HER PARTIALLY TO THE TEAM EFFORT BETWEEN THE PARENTS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM. BEHIND ME I HAVE SARAH. RIGHT BEHIND ME. I HAD SARAH AT A STUDENT VISIT AT THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO. SARAH A STRONG AMBISHISH STUDENT WHO IS A JUNIOR FROM [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] TECHNICAL PROGRAM. WITHIN THE PAST 7 MONTHS SARAH SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAMMING. SHE REPAIRED THE FATHERS BREAK WHICH INCLUDED REAR AND BREAK DRUM JOB; SOMETHING I CAN’T DO AND VERY ADVANCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STOODANTS. NEXT IS SARAH GEORGE; IF YOU RAISE YOUR HAND. I MET GEORGE IS A SENIOR AT ANOKA HENNEPIN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL AND THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] GEORGE HAS BEEN IN THE COUNTRY 18 MONTHS FROM LIBERIA MONROVIA. THE OLDEST OF 4 CHILDREN. A PASSION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. HE WILL EARN HIS HIGH SCHOOL DUPLOMA THIS SPRING WITH 29 GRADUATE CREDITS IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY. GEORGE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] PLANS TO OPEN HIS OWN AUTO BUSINESS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BEHINDS ME IS [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] AS A SENIOR AT MOOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY. A GRADUATE FROM ANOMA HIGH SCHOOL AND SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER. WHILE MUMBA WHO FAMILY CAME HERE FROM SOUTH SEDAN. GRADUATED WITH A 4 YEAR DEGREE AND PURSUING ADVANCED DEGREE BUT I HATE TO LOSE HIM IN THE CLASSROOM. I BRING MY AUNT RAJ WITH ME TODAY NOT TO TALK ABOUT DOOM AND GLOOM IN PUBLIC EDUCATION; WE NEED EVERY DOLLAR WE CAN GET; BUT AS I HAVE BEEN HERE TESTIFYING A DOZEN TIMES ABOUT THE THINGS YOU LIKE TO SEE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL IT IS HAPPENING IN ANOKA HENNEPIN WITH YOUR SUPPORT. I KNOW IN TIGHT BUDGET TIMES EVERY NICKEL COUNTS BUT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] ACROSS OUR SYSTEM. PASSIONATE FOR OUR SCHOOL; PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS AND THANK YOU FOR HEARING THE BILL. I’LL INVITE OUR BOARD MEMBER BILL HARVEY UP NEXT.>>THANK YOU. QUITE A POWERFUL ANTIRAJ. STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED.>>MADAM CHAIR; BILL HARVEY ANOMA HENNEPIN SCHOOL BOARD. THANK YOU ALL; THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU DO EVERY DAY TO SUPPORT EDUCATION AND THE FUNDING. I AM HERE VERY PROUD OF DAVID WHO JUST SPOKE TO YOU; MY JOB IS TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY AND HIRE HIM. HIS JOB IS TO ADMINISTER TO OUR TAXPAYERS OUR FAMILIES AND STUDENTS WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE ARE PROUD OF THE FACT WE EDUCATE APPROXIMATELY 5 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA; AND WE HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING VERY FRUGAL. ALONG WITH THAT; VERY FRUGAL AND THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING GO ARM AND ARM BECAUSE FOR INSTANCE; THREE AND THREE ON THE FORMULA INDEX TO INFLATION; AS WE LOOK AT THE FINANCES AND UPDATES IT JUST KEEPS OUR NOSE ABOVE WATER; AND ANY LESS THEN THAT WE ARE FORCED TO MAKE VERY TOUGH DECISIONS AS A BOARD ON HOW TO REALLOCATE FUNDS WITH THAT IN MIND. I JUST WANTED TO PUT A FACE ON THAT ALSO AFTER DAVID DID A GOOD JOB PUTTING A POSITIVE FACE ON THE ASPECTS OF WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY. THE CHALLENGE IS TONIGHT I HAVE A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND A HUGE PART OF OUR AGENDA IS TO TERMINATE PROBATIONARY TEACHERS. BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE A CONSISTENT FUNDING EXPECTATION. WE HAVE A EXPECTATION BUT CAN’T COUNT ON THE POLITICAL NATURE ON WHAT YOU DO FOR ASSURANCES FOR 3 AND 3 AND THE CROSS SUBSIDY IS SUFFICIENT TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAMS WE TRY SO HARD TO WORK TOWARD. IN THE FALL OF 2017 OUR DISTRICT REACHED OUT TO OUR TAXPAYERS BECAUSE THE BUILDINGS WERE AVERAGING 52 YEARS OF AGE. WE HAD AT ONE TIME ALL MOST A HUNDRED PORTABLE CLASSROOMS AND WE WANTED TO TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING; SECURE THE PERIMETERX UPDATE THE BUILDING AND ASKED FOR A LEVY FROM THE TAXPAYERS TO SUPPORT THAT. THEY SUPPORTED US. AT THE MEETING TONIGHT I HAVE TO TERMINATE A LOT OF GREAT EDUCATORS THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT EDUCATORS AT THE TABLE. THANK YOU FOR SERVING. WE HAVE TO LET GOTHOSIS WE WORKED SO HARD TO GET. TEACHERS WITH TALENT AND TEACHERS OF COLOR AND IT TEARS MY HEART OUT TO MAKE THE DECISION TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET RAMIFICATIONS WE ARE LOOKING AT. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WORK TO MAKE 3 AND 3 PERMANENT AND INDEX TO INFLATION PERMANENT AND SUPPORT FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CROSS SUBSIDY. THANK YOU AGAIN.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON SCHOOL BOARD. WE HAVE BRANDON->>BRANDON LIEUX: SUPERINTEPDANTF OMOREHEAD AND I’LL TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT 3 AND 3 WILL HAVE ON OUR DISTRICT. I BELIEVE YOU HEARD FROM THE PEOPLE BEFORE ME AND I’LL GO INTO HOW IT WOULD IMPACT MOREHEAD. ONE THING THAT WE ARE TRYING TO FOCUS ON IN MOREHEAD IS INCREASING OUR COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS STAFFING. CURRENTLY OUR STAFFING MODEL IS WAY BEHIND WHAT THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS RECOMMEND AND SO FOR US WE WOULD REALLY TAKE THAT 3 AND 3 SERIOUSLY AND USE THAT TO INCORPORATE MORE STAFFING INTO OUR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES; AND THE OTHER THING THAT IT WOULD GO TO ADDRESS IS THE EVER GROWING SPECIAL ED CROSS SUBSIDY WHICH I THINK THE OTHER FOLKS IN FRONT OF ME MENTIONED AS WELL. JUST FROM A PLANNING STANDPOINT. I WANT TO BRINK TO YOUR ATTENTION HOW THAT WOULD CHANGE OUR PLANNING. CURRENTLY NOW WE GO THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESSES WHICH STARTS IN NOVEMBER OF THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR WITH ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS. WE FORWARD THAT TO WHAT WE PLUG INTO OUR ENROLLMENT MODEL AND DETERMINE WHAT OUR NEW REVENUE MIGHT BE BASED ON THOSE PROJECTIONS AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUALLY PUT IN ZERO UNTIL WE KNOW LIKE IN THIS YEAR BECAUSE WE DONT KNOW WHAT WE ARE GETTING FOR LEGISLATIVE INCREASES; WE HAVE TO PREDICT ZERO UNTIL WE GHET NUMBER WHICH EFFECTS US GREATLY. AND SO; THE IMPORTANCE FOR US IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT THE OTHER DISTRICTS HAVE SHARED AND ANY COMMITMENTS YOU CAN MAKE TO THE 3 AND 3 AND ONGOING AND LINKING THAT TO INFLATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. NEXT UP I HAVE JIM BARTHOLMAL. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD; THE ORGANIZATION YOU ARE WITH AND PROCEED.>>HELLO; MY NAME IS JIM BARTHOLMAL AND I LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE TO TALK TO THE TIME TO TA LK ABOUT IT BILL WITH US. I LOO ICTO TESTIFY ON ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT OF HOUSE FILE 882 CONTAINED IN LINES 1.13 TO LINES 1.17 AND THIS WOULD AUTOMATICALLY INCREASE THE FORMULA ALLOWANCE BY THE RATE OF INFLATION. OUR CONCERN WITH THIS PROVISION IS BY PROVIDING AUTOMATIC INFLATIONARY INCREASES YOUR ABILITY TO MANAGE FUTURE STATE BUDGET COMMITMENT WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITED. FOR EXAMPLE; WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE STATE NEXT SUFFERS THROUGH ANOTHER RECESSION AND REVENUES COME IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THEN EXPECTED? IF THE FORMULA IS AUTOMATICALLY THE INCREASED WE ARE CONCERNED YOU WILL LOSE THE FLEXIBILITY. AS A RESULT WE ASK YOU NOT ADOPT THE AUTOMATIC INFLATION INCREASE WHICH UNNECESSARILY LIMIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO FUTURE LEGISLATORS. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. WITH THAT; I THINK IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO TESTIFY ON THIS BILL? SEEING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE; COMMENTS AND THEN WE’LL GO TO MEMBER QUESTIONS?>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I REALIZE THIS IS A VERY AMBITIOUS BILL; BUT I’M NOT ASHAMED TO BRING IT FORWARD BECAUSE BEING IN THE CLASSROOM EVEN NOW I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO ALL OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS. FIRST OF ALL; THE FORMULA INCREASE IS WHAT WE HEARD ACROSS THE BOARD OUR NUMBER ONE TOOL FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO HAVE FLEXIBILITY TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. IT HAS TO BE ON THE FUNDING FORMULA. I UNDERSTAND MR. BARTHOLMALS CERTAIN TYING TO INFLATION I THINK IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN TERMS OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF A DOWNTURN. OUR SCHOOLS REMAIN IN TACT AND STRONG AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED ACROSS OUR STATE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT IS BOLD AND IT IS AMBISHISH BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO IT NOW. THE IS A BIG SHIP WE ARE TRYING TO TURN AND IF YOU INVEST NOW EARLY AND WISE IT WILL PASS IN DIVIDENDS. I LIKE TO RESONATE THE COMMENTS BY BILL HARVEY; THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. STABLE FUNDING HELPS WITH PREDICTABILITY AND PLANNING AND STAFFING. IT’S NOT JUST HARD ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. WHEN THEY HAVE TO MAKE CUTS-WE ARE COMING UP TO THE SPRING WITH ULA; IT IS A TERRIBLE TIME FOR THE DISTRICTS AND REALLY TERRIBLE TIME FOR THE TEACHERS THAT WE ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF SO THE PRACTICE OF HAVING IT PUT THEM ON AU LA OR LET NEW PROBATIONARY TEACHERS GO BECAUSE THEFUNDING ISN’T THERE IS JUST PRACTICING-IT IS REPEATING A PRACTICE THAT WE KNOW DOESN’T SERVE OUR STUDENTS OR DISTRICTS WELL. THEY HAVE TO; BUT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND I TRULY TRULY BELIEVE THAT ADEQUATE FUNDING; TYING TO INFLATION ISN’T THE PERFECT FIX BUT IT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.>>CHAIR: MEMBER QUESTIONS.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: THANK YOU; I LIKE DR. MACKENZIE AND MR. HARVEY TO COME BACK UP.>>GOOD MORNING.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MR. HARVEY YOU SAID IN THE TESTIMONY YOU ARE LOOKING AT PINK SLIPPING HOW MANY TEACHERS?>>MR. HARVEY: I CAN’T RECALL BUT I THINK ONE IS TOO MANY. NOT TRYING TO BE SNARKY;S JUST SAYING THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT WE STRIVED SO HARD TO GET AND I HEARD FROM A COUPLE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPLES THIS WEEK WELL OVER A HUNDRED. THANK YOU; DAVID.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MAYBE MR. HARVEY I HOPE YOU ARE THE RIGHT TO ASK; WHAT IS YOUR CROS SUBSIDY IN ANOKA HENNEPIN?>>MR. HARVEY: I WILL HAVE DAVID->>CHAIR: YOU MINE AS WELL PULL UP A CHAIR.>>MR. HARVEY: THANK YOU FOR ASKING THE QUESTIONS BY THE WAY.>>WE PUSHED UP TOWARDS $35 MILLION.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: IS THAT THE TEACHER THAT CAME BACK TO THE DESK?>>NO.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: I WANT TO POINT THESE AREAS OUT TO THE MEMBERS TO MAKE SURE THEY SEE I’M ONE OF THE DISTRICTS THAT IS $29 MILLION CROSS SUBSIDY AND LAYING OFF 20 TEACH ERS AND THESE ARE NOT NEW; WE ARE LAYING OFF 7 NURSES AND A NUMBER OF PARAS. I SO-REALLY RESPECT YOU BRINGING ISTHE IN BECAUSE THAT IS QUHIE I THINK MANY OF US SUBURBIAN PEOPLE WERESENT TO THE LEGISLATOR TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE.>>THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR AND REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE FOR BRINGING THE BILL. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS AND TO THAT I HOPE WE CAN GET AS CLOSE TO THREES AND 3 AS WE CAN. I TRULY DO. BUT I WANTED TO THANK SUPERINTENDENT LAW FOR BRINGING THE STUDENTS IN FROM THE YOUNG TO THE GRADUATING STUDENT. I THINK THAT OFTEN TIMES WE DEBATE POLICY AND THINK ABOUT THINGS IN NUMBERS AND DON’T THINK ABOUT THEM IN STUDENTS SO I REALLY APPRECIATED SEEING THE STUDENT AND THANK THE STUDENTS FOR BEING HERE TOO.>>THEY ARE AWESOME AND GREAT TO WORK WITH.>>MR. HARVEY: IN ADDITION TO TERMINATING PROBATIONARY TEACHERS AND DAVID SAID OVER A HUNDRED; WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT BUDGET SCENARIOS BASED ON ALL THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES AND FOR US IN PARTICULAR AND I SPOKE TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING EFFICIENT AND BEING FRUGAL; BUT ANYTHING LESS THEN 3 AND 3 AND SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT ON SPECIAL EDUCATION CROSS SUBSIDY WE ARE LOOKING AT SIGNIFICANT CUTS OF EXISTING TEACHERS AND EXISTING PROGRAMS. EVEN AT 3 AND 2 WITH SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNOR I PROVIDED THAT TO THE TAX CHAIR A WHILE AGO BASICALLY LETTING HIM KNOW THE SUPPORT IS CRITICAL FOR US AND ESPECIALLY ALSO AS I ALLUDED TO BEFORE; REACHING OUT TO OUR LOCAL TAXPAYERS AND THEY SUPPORTED US IN THE BOND AND LEVY TO DO THIS; WE ARE QUITE LITERALLY GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE THAT BACK AND THAT’S AS A BOARD MEMBER VERY DISAPPOINTING TO TELL THE COMMUNITY THANK YOU FOR VOTES YES; BUT BECAUSE OF NOT RECEIVING WHAT WE CONSIDER ADEQUATE FUNDING AT THE STATE LEVEL WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THE PROGRESS PIECES BACK WHERE WE HIRED ADDITIONAL TEACHERS FOR PROGRAMS. THANK YOU.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: I HAVE A QUICK FOLLOW UP. YES; WE ARE IN A PROCESS OF A LEVY TOO AND I WANT ONE LAST SIMPLE QUESTION. HOW BIG IS YOUR CLASS SIZES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW?>>MR. HARVEY: THANK YOU. WE HAVE SOME OF THE HIGHEST CLASS SIZES AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL IN THE METRO. WE WERE REALLY HOPEFUL TO BUY THAT DOWN A LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE LEVY PASSED THROUGH THE TAXPAYERS BUT IF WE ARE 3 AND 2 OR LESS WE ARE GOING TO LOSE GROUND ON THAT.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: LAST STATEMENT WOULD BE THAT I KNOW I ROSE MONT APPLE VALLEY WE ARE 40 OR 45 FOR HONORS CLASS IN 9TH GRADE IN CIVICS I WANT TO SAY CIVICS. THANK YOU.>>REPRESENTATIVE JURGENS: YESTERDAY I HAD TEACHERS FROM MY DISTRICT IN THE VISIT WITH ME AND NOT ALL OF THEM WERE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS BUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM TALKED ABOUT HOW THE LACK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING IMPACTED THEIR ABILITY TO TEACH ALL THE KIDS AS WE TALKED ABOUT IN HERE A HUNDRED TIMES HOW BECAUSE OF THAT CROSS SUBSIDY SCHOOL DISTRICTS LIKE YOURS AND MINE AND ALL OF OURS ARE USING THEIR GENERAL FUND DOLLARS TO HELP FUND SPECIAL EDUCATION. FUNDING IS-NOBODY IS DISPUTING THE IMPORTANCE OF FUNDING. I HAVE QUESTIONS FOR REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE ON THE CALCULATIONS HERE BECAUSE ON LINE-WE ARE DOING MORE THEN JUST THE RATE OF INFLATION. LINE 1.5 AND 1.16 SAYS 1 PLUS PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SO IF THE INFLATIONARY RATE IS 3 PERCENT IT IS 4 PERCENT. IF INFLATION IS 2 PERCENT THE INCREASE IS 3 PERCENT. CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU ARRIVED AT THAT NUMBER OR THIS ISN’T JUST A INFLATIONARY INCREASE; IT IS MORE THEN A INFLATIONARY INCREASE AND COULD YOU HELP US WITH THAT; PLEASE?>>WE’LL PHONE A FRIEND WITH MR. STROM.>>MADAM CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE JURGENS; THE ONE IS ACTUALLY ADDED TO THE PERCENTAGE SO THE PERCENTAGE DOESN’T GO UP BY 1 PERCENT; IT IS 1 PLUS THE PERCENTAGE WHICH IS 3 SO YOU ARE TAKING 1.03 TIMES THE FORMULA. IT IS 3 PERCENT INFLATION RATE BUT WRITING ONE TIMES THAT IS A SIMPLER WAY THEN SAYING USE THAT AMOUNT AND ADD 3 PERCENT TO IT. IT KEEPS THE RATE AT THE RATE OF INFLATION AND THE ONE-SO IF IT WAS A 3 PERCENT RATE THE NUMBER IS 1.03 TIMES THE CURRENT FORMULA.>>NOT ADDING A PERCENTAGE?>>NOT ADDING A PERCENTAGE POINT.>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR AND THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. AS YOU ALL KNOW; I MYSELF AM A ACTIVE TEACHER. WE STARTED OUT THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A $10.6 MILLION DEFICIT AND FELT THE IMPACT THE VERY FIRST DAY WE WALKED IN FOR OUR TEACHER PREPARATION. FOR THE MONTHS I WAS THERE IT WAS DIFFICULT MONTHS TRYING TO MANAGE THE NUMBER OF STUDENT WE HAD BECAUSE AS REPRESENTATIVE HUOT ALIEUEDS THE CLASS SIZES ARE GROWING AND RESOURCES DIMINISHING AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME THAT WE CAN FOR OUR STUDENTS. AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PROVIDING THE PROPER NUTRITION FOR OUR STUDENTS WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BEING ABLE TO MEET THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR STUD ENTS AS ELWITH WELL AS THE STAFF; ALL THOSE THINGS TAKE MONEY. I KNOW REPRESENTATIVE SANDSTEDE AND I CAN ATTEST TO THE DIMINISHING QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN A BROAD SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO LIKE THINKING OF THE LIBERAL ARTSS. I’M A LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST; WE SEE THE IMPORTANT VITAL SPECIALIST AND SUPPORT STAFF GOING BY THE WAY IN EXCHANGE FOR THAT ALLUSIVE INCREDIBLE TESTING SCORE THAT WE ARE ALL GOING AFTER AND NOT LOOKING AT THE WHOLE STUDENT. WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE WELLBEING OF THE STAFF I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS BILL; AND THE MOVE TOWARDS TRYING TO FUND OUR SCHOOLS OR FULLY FUNDING THE SCHOOLS AND MAKING SURE THAT NOT ONLY ARE OUR SPECIAL ED KIDS MEETING GETTING THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED BUT ALL THE STUDENTS ARE SO THEY REALLY ARE A WELL ROUNDED 21 CENTURY EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL. THOSE KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE AND IN ORDER TO GET WHAT WE WANT IN OUR FUTURE WE NEED TO INVEST IN THEM AT THIS POINT RIGHT NOW AND SO I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND I REALLY HOPE WE TAKE THAT BOLD STEP AND GET BACK TO REALLY FULLY FUNDING OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.>>I WONDER HOW YOU INSURE THERE IS PARODY BETWEEN THE MET ROAND NOT METRO SCHOOLS CONSIDERING WE HAVE COMPENSATORY AID AND WHAT DRIVES UP FUNDING FOR METRO IS THE FREE REDUCED LUNCHES.>>THIS IS WHAT I SEE AS BEING THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. I THINK THIS IS THE FIRST STEP WE NEED TO DO THAT BRINGS THE NECESSARY CHANGES THAT ALL OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE LOOKING FOR. IT IS NOT THE ONLY STEP AND I THINK WHAT COMES NEXT IS GOING TO BE DEALT WITH THROUGH A TASK FORCE OR WORK GROUP LOOK ING AT THE FUNDING ACROSS THE BOARD. I THINK THERE ARE MANY CHANGES AS I TESTIFIED TO BEFORE THAT NEED TO BE MADE BUT I THINK THIS IS THE ONE THAT WE NEED PROBABLY MOST DESPERATELY AND IT ALLOWS THE FLEXIBILITY ACROSS THE STATE FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT TO ADDRESS THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IT PUTS ON A PATH AND TRAJECTORY TO OFFSET INSTABILITY IN THE EVENT OF A DOWNTURN IN OUR ECONOMY SO MORE TO COME.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: MR. HARVEY; PLEASE. AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER; MR. HARVEY; YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO-IF THIS BECOMES LAW; YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO FUTURE PROJECTIONS SO WHAT DOES THE BOARD DO VERY BRIEFLY TO ANTICIPATE THIS KIND OF FUNDING INCREASE AND THEN BASED ON INFLATION T. WHAT WILL YOU DO BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL GOING TO HAVE ALL THE COSTS AND THEY ARE GOING TO RISE AND THEY ARE GOING TO NEGOTIATE HIGHER SALARIES FOR EVERYBODY SO WHAT WILL YOU DO AS A BOARD?>>MR. HARVEY: THANK YOU; THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR; THANK YOU. SO; WE DO THIS CURRENTLY AND WE RUN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SCENARIOS WHICH WAS THE DOCUMENT I HELD UP AT ALL THE DIFFERENT LEVELS. BUT ONCE AGAIN; I SO APPRECIATE THIS LEGISLATION BEING BROUGHT FORTH BECAUSE IT DOES NOT CATCH US UP FROM WAY BACK TO 2003 PROBABLY. I’M TRYING TO REMEMBER THE NUMBERS BUT WE ARE TO A POINT WHERE WE EXPERIENCE DEVASTATING CUTS EVERY TIME WE FALL SHORT OF A 3 AND 3. IF 3 AND 3 WERE INDEXED TO INFLATION AND MADE PERMANENT IT WOULD GIVE US THE STABILITY TO MAKE CHOICES BASED ON PROGRAMMING. DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE BARGAINING UNITS STILL HAVE TO BE REALISTIC BUT WE HAD A BUILDING PROCESS OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEAR WHERES THE RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR BARGAINING UNITS AND SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION HAS BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY AND TRANSPARENT AND THE REALTIES OF THOSE COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS I’LL EVEN SAY TO THE POINT WHERE I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO I WAS KNOCKING ON THE DOORS OF SOME OF YOUR OFFICES WALKING ARM AND ARM WITH OUR REPRESENTATIVE FROM ANOKA HENNEPIN EDUCATION MINNESOTA SO WE WERE WALKING TOGETHER SAYING 3 AND 3 IS WHAT WE ARE BOTH ASKING FOR; WHAT WE BOTH NEED AS ORGANIZATIONS AND I REPRESENTED MINNESOTA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION AND THE ASSOCIATION OF METRO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOLS FOR EQUITY IN EDUCATION AND SERVED IN VARIOUS ROLES AND ALL THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND WE ARE ALL SINGING THE SAME SONG. THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS GREAT; BUT IT WOULDN’T CHANGE HOW WE DO THINGS; IT JUST GIVES US STABILITY TO NOT HAVE TO RIDE THIS ROLLER COASTER AND WOULDENT BE SO PAINFUL TO OUR COMMUNITY WHEN WE WORK SO HARD TO SECURE YOUNG NEW TALENT AND TEACHERS OF COLOR AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND TONIGHT WHEN I HAVE TO TERMINATE OVER A HUNDRED OF THOSE POSITIONS IT MAKES IT TOUGH TO SLEEP. IT REALLY IS NOT MY IDEAL SITUATION. WE LOVE TO CELEBRATE ALL THE GREAT THINGS WE ARE DOING IN ANOKA HENNEPIN AND SOME OF THE OTHER EDUCATORS MANY OF YOU ARE; THANK YOU–BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS. OUR MUSING PROGRAM IS SOME OF THE BEST IN THE STATE. MY CHILDREN BENEFITED FROM THAT PERSONALLY. OUR LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAM AND EVERYTHING WE DO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF. WE HELD TIGHT AT A TIME WHERE THE STUDENT POPULATION IS MUCH MORE DIVERSE. OUR ACHIEVEMENT GAP HAS NOT INCREASED; IT SHRUNK SLIGHTLY AND WE STRIVE SO HARD TO SEE PROGRESS WITH ALL THAT. FROM A BOARD MEMBER I’M PROUD OF OUR COMMUNITY AND TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS AND PARENTS AND STUDENTS BUT IT REALLY MAKES IT CHALLENGING WHEN WE HAVE A INCONSISTENT FUNDING MECHANISM AND SO ONCE AGAIN; AS THE REPRESENTATIVE STATED SO WELL; 3 AND 3 AND SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND INDEX TO INFLATION-INFLATION WILL GO UP AND DOWN AND FOLLOW THAT; THAT IS THE STARTING POINT; THAT ISN’T I WHEREWHERE SEE THIS ENDING BUT WHAT IS NEEDED.>>MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO->>CHAIR: YOUR FINAL WORD.>>I WANT TO MAKE A QUICK COMMENT. WHEN OUR STATE CAN ENABLE OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE WAYS THEY NEED TO NOT HAVE THIS ROLLER COSTER EFFECT I THINK THAT IS GOING TO BE PIVOTAL IN INCENTING OR INVITING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE PROFESSION. THERE ARE MANY YOUNG TALENTED PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GOING INTO EDUCATION FOR THE FEAR OF BEING CUT. THEY DON’T WANT TO INVEST AND HAVE LOANS AND DEBT ONLY TO HAVE TO RIDE THIS CONTINUAL ROLLER COASTER.>>ONE PERSON TOLD ME ONCE UPON A TIME WHAT YOU VALUE YOU BUDGET FOR. WHAT YOU VALUE YOU BUDGET FOR. I THINK RIGHT NOW I KNOW THAT THIS COMMITTEE VALUES EDUCATION GREATLY. I KNOW THAT. I’M GOING TO ASK YOU ALL TO BE BOLD AND NOT BE AFRAID TO TAKE THIS VERY BOLD STEP. I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU. RENEWS THE MOTION TO LAY OVER HOUSE FILE 882 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. NEXT UP WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL WITH HOUSE FILE 1190 AND I BELIEVE THE MOTION WILL BE THE SAME. REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL; WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 1190 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A EDUCATION DIVISION REPORT?>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL: I WOULD.>>CHAIR: MOVES HOUSE FILE 119 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION.>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL: THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AND TALK ABOUT HOUSE FILE 1190. IT IS A REALLY A WIN; WIN; WIN AND WIN PROPOSITION. SCHOOLS; STUDENTS; COLLEGES; UNIVERSITIES; MOMS AND DADS AND STUDENT HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM OVER THE YEARS. HOUSE FILE 1190 PROVIDES SUPPORT TO MAINTAIN AND STRENGTHEN THE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE PROGRAM GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENROLL IN COLLEGE CLASSES TALK U TAUGHT BY HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY AND RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDITS AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE STUDENT RCHLT THE PROGRAM IS ENORMOUSLY POPULAR. IT SERVES TO STRENGTHEN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM; ENCOURAGE STUDENT TO TRY OUT BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT AND REDUCE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF COLLEGE TUITION. IT IS A GOOD DEAL AROUND. JOE NATHAN A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR A LONG WHILE IS HERE TODAY. JOE AND FORMER GOVERNOR [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] PERHAPS THE TWO INDIVIDUALS MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING WAYS TO BROADEN CHOICES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN MINNESOTA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. JOE HAS WITH HIM TWO TERRIFIC STUDENTS; BROOK [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] WHO I MET AND TERRIFIC REPRESENTATIVES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM. IN ADDITION; MR. ROGER AARON SON OF THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLE ASSOCIATION WILL DESCRIBE THE FINANCIAL HISTORY OF OUR REQUEST. WE’LL BE BRIEF BUT I DON’T WANT TO OVERLOOK THE REALLY IMPORTANCE OF THE GREAT PROGRAM FOR ALL OUR DISTRICTS.>>CHAIR: PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND PROCEED.>>MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE; MY APOLOGY FOR MY VOICE TODAY; I HAVE BEEN IN BED THE LAST 4 DAYS BUT I THOUGHT THIS IS REALLY CRITICAL SO I WANTED TO BE HERE TO SHOW MY SUPPORT FOR YOUR WORK AND REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL’S WORK. I WILL BE BRIEF. I THINK MANY OF YOU HAVE THIS DOCUMENT IN YOUR PACKET. IT IS A DOCUMENT SOME OF YOU HAVE SEEN BEFORE. IT SHOWS THE PERCENTAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PASTICIPATE IN AT LEAST ONE PSEO; OR CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT CLASS AND SHOWS A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OVERALL GRADUATION RATE IN HIGH SCHOOL BETWEEN THOSE STUDENT AND STUDENT WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE. FOR EXAMPLE; AFRICAN AMERICAN 58 PERCENT WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE VERSUS 88 PERCENT WHO DID. AMERICAN INDIAN 49 VERSUS 88 AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT IS BECAUSE THE KIDS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE COLLEGE AND SCHOOLS ARE THE MOST MOTIVATED KIDS SO THEY WILL GRADUATE. IF YOU TURN TO THE BACK SIDE OF THE PAGE; OR IT MIGHT BE A SEPARATE PAGE IN THE PACKET; YOU’LL SEE TWO QUOTES I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT FROM MASSIVE AMONT OF RESEARCH. THE FIRST IS A STUDY DONE HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. ABOUT 3 QUARTERS OF THE WAY DOWN. RESULTS OF THE STUDY FOUND THE STUDENT FROM LOW ECONOMIC HOUSEHOLDS WHO TOOK ADVANCED COURSES DID JUST AS WELL AS FIRST YEAR GPA WHO DID NOT TAKE THIS AND THEN AND THIS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING BECAUSE IT ISN’T JUST ABOUT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] GRADUATE FASTER THEN STUDENTS FROM SPLAR BACK GROUNDS. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE A HUGE IMPACT IN THE STATE; A HUGE POSITIVE IMPACT ON LOW INCOME KIDS AND KIDS OF COLOR AND HELP ALL KINDS OF KIDS. TO ILLUSTRATE THIS WE HAVE WONDERFUL EXAMPLES MINNESOTA PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SAID.>>CHAIR: THANK YOU.>>MADAM CHAI; MY NAME IS CULEAK ROGERS A CURRENT STUDENT AT METRO STAITD GRADUATED FROM GORDON PARKS HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADUATED FROM ST. PAUL COLLEGE. I HAVE DONE A COUPLE DIFFERENT CLASSES WHEN IT COMES TO CIS. ONE OF THEM BEING A WRITING STODEIO; ALSO A PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE AS WELL. ON BOTH OF WHICH I GOT ALL AS THROUGH THE U OF M AND TO STATE JUST THE IMPORTANCE OF IT; I’M SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS PRETTY MUCH GAVE ME INSIGHT OR MORE OR LESS FOR ESIGHT WHAT I CAN DO IN THE FUCH RF. I KNEW EDUCATION WAS A POWERFUL TOOL TO GET TO WHERE I WANTED TO GO BUT IT WAS MORE HOW WAS I GOING TO GET THERE. BEING A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT WAS VERY-WASN’T DISCOURAGING BUT IT WAS OKAY. I HAVEN’T HELD 10S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS; SO HOW I GOING TO OWE SOMEBODY THAT? I DIDN’T WANT TO OWE SOMEONE $5 LET ALONE THOUSANDS SO FOR ME IT WAS HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE AND SO I CHALLENGED MY SCHOOL GORDON PARKS; I WANTED TO GIVE IT A TRY AND TRY CIS CLASSES. I DID [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] ALGEBRA; WRITING AND SCIENCE. FOR ME IT WAS A NO-BRAINER TO GIVE IT A TRY. TO MY SURPRISE; I DID VERY WELL AND THAT IS WHERE I MET JOE. HE WANTED TO INTERVIEW ME AND SAY HOW WAS MY EXPERIENCE AND GAVE HIM A PRETTY GOOD INTERVIEW AND SAID WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GOING AROUND AND TELLING OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO LOOK LIKE YOU AS WELL THAT MAY PEE AFRAID OF THE OPPORTUNITY AND TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE; SO I DID AND THAT CAUSED ME TO GO AROUND THE TOUR OF TWIN CITIES SPEAKING AT PLACES SUCH AS THIS; SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND GOING TO SCHOOLS AND TALKING ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE. SHOWING THEM THAT IT IS POSSIBLE WHETHER A INDIVIDUAL CAN SEE IT OR PUT THEIR FEARS ON YOU IT MAY THINK IT ISN’T A OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU BASED OFF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE OR OTHERS THEIR EXPERIENCE AS WELL SO FOR ME IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO DO THAT. I JUST GOT BACK SO GOT MY OWN LIFE SKILLS AND CREATED A LIFE SKILLS CONSULTANT COMPANY AND THE PURPOSE OF THAT IS TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF EXPECTATION IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT IS LIKE A BIG [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I NOTICED THAT IN HIGH SCHOOL AND FOR MY PEERS AND THOSE WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO AT THIS TIME-I KNOW THEY WILL IN THE FUTURE HOPEFULLY;S TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL BASED OFF OF JUST THE EXPECTATION BEING SO LOW OF THEM. THEY BEGAN TO ACCEPT IT. FOR ME THAT WAS SOMETHING I COULDN’T ACCEPT AND I HAD POWERFUL MENTORS SUCH AS JOE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO BELIEVED IN ME AND HELPED ME SEE THE VALUE I HAVE IN MYSELF AND THAT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY CIS CREATED FOR ME AS WELL. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. WELCOME AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>ARE THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERSISM MY NAME IS BROOK [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] THE VISE PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE FOR PSCO. HELP STUDENT PREPARE AND GET A HEAD START ON COLLEGE AND REDUCE THE COST OF POST 2NDARY EDUCATION TO STUDENT AND FAMILIES. IN MY SENIOR YEAR AT ST. PAUL JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL I PARTICIPATED IN CIS THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. UPON GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN 2011 AND ATTENDED MCALLISTER COLLEGE. MCALLISTER DID NOT ACCEPT MY CIS COURSES FROM THE U OF M I FELT SUBSTANTIALLY MORE PREPARED TO TAKE ON THE COLLEGE COURSES OFFERED. I WILL REFERENCE MY FRESHMAN WRITING COURSE AS A EXAMPLE. THAT CLASS ALONE PREPARED ME MINUTEALLY FOR THE EXPECTATION OF THE COLLEGE WORK LOAD. IN ONE SUEST AMER I W ROTE MORE PAPERS THEN I HAD IN ANY OTHER PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR. I WAS CONSTANTLY WRITING; EDITING REWRITING REWORDING AND CHECKING MYSELF BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO. THIS PROCESS IS VITAL TO COLLEGE SURVIVAL TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY AND BE SPAUB FOR YOUR WORK; TO DO THE WORK AND DO IT AGAIN BUT BETTER TO MANAGE YOUR TIME AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. THESE ARE IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT HELPED ME DO EXCEPTIONALLY WELL DURING MY FIRST YEAR OOF COLLEGE AND CARRIED THROUGH MY MASTERS DEGREE. I BELIEVE THAT THE EARLY EXPOSURE TO COLLEGE LEVEL WORK NOT ONLY CHALLENGED ME AS A STUDENT BUT ALSO PROVIDED A FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE FOR A POST SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL FUTURE. WITHOUT THIS PREPARATION IN HIGH SCHOOL AND EARLY EXPOSURE TO COLLEGE LEVEL WORK I MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AS SECK SESFUL IN MY POST SECONDARY EXPERIENCE. AFTER 2 YEARS AT MCALLISTER [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] SCIENCE AND NEURO SCIENCE. THE FOLLOWING YEAR I COMPLETED TWO MONTESSORI DIPLOMAS AND EARNING MY MASTERS AT 24 YEARS OLD. I’M GRATEFUL POST SECONDARY AND DUAL ENROLLMENT EXISTED FOR ME AND HOPE THEY ARE VITAL OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL.>>RAGEER [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] HERE TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF THE COLLEGE AND SCHOOLS BILL HERE. A COUPLE THINGS I WANT TO DRAW THE COMMITTEE ATTENTION TO. YOU HAVE SEEN THE TESTIMONIAL FROMS THE STUDENTS. WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS APPROPRIATION IS WE GET $4 MILLION. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPLES BELIEVE THIS IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM SAID THAT WE HAVE IN MINNESOTA. THAT $4 MILLION GETS DIVIDED UP-IT SAYS WE GET $150 A STUDENT; BUT AS THE HANDOUT YOU HAVE PREPARED BOO THE STAFF SHOWS WE ACTUALLY GET ABOUT $50 A STUDENT BECAUSE THAT $150 IS PRORATED OUGHT OF ALL THE KITS KIDS THAT TAKE THE CLASSES. THE STRUCTURE OF THE CLASSES ARE UNIQUE. OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS GET APPROVED BY THE COLLEGE; OUR TEACHERS TEACH THE CLASS TECHNICALLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR THEN THE COLLEGE CHARGES US PER STUDENT FOR THE CLASS. WHEN YOU GIVE US $50; TO PAY FOR THE CLASS; THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CHARGES US $145 A CLASS. THAT $4 MILLION HAS BEEN STATIC IN THE SYSTEM FOR QUITE SOME TIME IN TERMS OF RELATIVE TO THE $150; SO WHAT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FOR IS TO HAVE THAT NUMBER CATCH UP. THIS DOES A LOT TO KEEPING OUR KIDS IN THE SCHOOL. THIS WORKS VERY WELL IN THE METROPOLITAN PROGRAMS; IT WORKS VERY WELL IN THE RURAL PROGRAMS AND IT ALLOWS KIDS TO GET THIS COLLEGE CREDIT FROM OUR TEACHERS AND HAVE THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AT THE SAME TIME. THIS IS REALLY A GOOD PROGRAM. THERE HAS BEEN A BIT OF NEGLECT IN THE FUNDING THROUGH THE YEARS AND MAYBE THAT’S OUR FAULT IN PART AS WELL BUT WE WANT YOU TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS IN THE MIX AS YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS HOW YOU RESPOND THINGS SO WE THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND WE APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THIS BILL IS BROUGHT FORWARD THIS YEAR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. THIS IS PUBLIC HEARING. ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHING TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 1190? SEEING NONE; I THINK REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL; CLOSING COMMENTS.>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL: THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. I’M REALLY PLEASED AND PROUD TO BE WITH THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE. THESE TERRIFIC STUDENTS. DR. NATHAN AND MR. AARON SON HAVE DESCRIBED I THINK THE NATURE OF THE REQUEST AND THE FUTURE WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SO MR. CHAIR; THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TO REQUEST THIS BE HELD OVER.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: WITH THAT; REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL RENEWS HOUSE FILE 1190 LAY OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. TO THE YOUTH WHO SPOKE; THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE PRIZE HEARING YOUR VOICES IN THE EDUCATION FINANCE DIVISIONS WE MAKE AS A COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN TODAY.>>THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: I LIKE TO MOVE 1969 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A DIVISION REPORT AND I HAVE THE A1 AMENDMENT; MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON MOVES THE A1 AMENDMENT; AUTHOR AMENDMENT. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE 1969; A1 AMENDMENT PLEASE SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I HAVE A ORAL AMENDMENT THAT I LIKE TO HAVE INCORPORATED ON LINE 1.19 WHERE IT SAYS; $1.19 WHERE IT SAYS; ITEM C400 THOUSAND I LIKE TO CHANGE THAT AMOUNT TO HALF SINCE I HAVE DELETED THE APPROPRIATION THEN I DON’T THINK IT IS VERY RELEVANT TO HAVE AN AMOUNT LISTED THERE. IF THAT COULD BE INCORPORATED I APPRECIATE IT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: TO CLARIFY SINCE I IMMEDIATELY SCRATCHED OUT $400 THOUSAND AND PUT $200 THOUSAND IN; YOU MEAN THE WORD HALF?>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: I WANT THE WORD HALF.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON MOVES HER ORAL AMENDMENT. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICEN IS: I WON’T SAY MUCH BECAUSE I THINK THE TESTIFIERS ARE GOING TO PROVE TO YOU THAT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] IS GREAT PROGRAM FOR OUR LOW INCOME AND RURAL SCHOOLS WHERE WE BRING IN THE LOCAL SCIENTIST AND WE HAVE A LOT OF THEM INTO THE CLASSROOM TO SHOW OUR STUDENTS IN STEM PROGRAMS WHAT A EXCITING AREA THIS IS FOR LEARNING AND THIS PROGRAM WILL ASSIST TEACHERS IN TRAINING AND THE STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE ACCESS TO SCIENTIST SO I LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO MY TESTIFIERS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. MS FRENCH WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. STATE YOUR NAME FOR PROCEED.>>CARL LEAN FRENCH: A GEOLOGIST AND DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE MINNESOTA [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CONSIDERING OUR ORGANIZATION FOR GRANT FUNDING IN HOUSE FILE 1969. SCIENCE FROM SCIENTIST IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT SPECIALIZE IN DURING SCHOOL STEM ENRICHMENT FOR 3-8 GRADE. WE WERE FOUNDED IN BOSTON IN 2002 AND SINCE EXPANDED TO SON MATEO CALIFORNIA AND BLOOMING TON MINNESOTA. WE DEMONSTRATED PROGRAMS SCALABILITY AND HAVE A RECORD OF IMPROVING STUDENT APTITUDE AND ATTITUDE IN STEM. OUR GOALS ARE WORK WITH AND WITHIN THE EXISTING EDUCATION SYSTEM; CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP AND SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS PURSUING STEM CAREERS AND TRADES. WHAT DO I MEAN BY STEM ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN MINNESOTA? WELL; ACCORDING TO 2017ACT DATA; ONLY 24 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA STUDENT TAKING THE EXAM MET THE ACT BENCH#345RK FOR COLLEGE READINESS IN STEM. RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITY GROUPS WERE 3 TO 15 TIMES LESS LIKELY TO MEET THE BENCHMARK THEN WHITE STUDENT AND RURAL STUDENT 2 TIMES LESS LIKELY TO MEET THE BENCHPERC THAEN SUURBBEN. OUR PROGRAM COULD BE USED AS A PLATFORM FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CREATE THEIR COMMUNITY BASED STEM EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE SOLUTION. IN THIS PROGRAM; AS REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON STATED; WE HIRE REAL PERSONABLE STEM PROFESSIONALS FROM LOCAL BUSINESS AND UNIVERSITY AND I MEAN PERSONABLE STEM PROFESSIONALS; AND WE ASSIGN THEM TO PARTNER SCHOOLS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. TWO INSTRUCTORS VISIT A SCHOOL 18 TIMES PER YEAR. THAT IS EVERY OTHER WEEK TO GUIDE EACH CLASS OF STUDENT OF 1 TO 2 GRADE LEVELS THROUGH HANDS ON STEM LESSON THAT ARE ALIGNED WITH THE ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND WE PROVIDE ALL OF THE MATERIAL. WE HAVE OVER 90 LESSON IN THE LIBRARY AND TEACHERS CHOOSE THE LESSON THAT BEST COMPLIMENT. WE ARE STEM PROFESSIONALS; NOT TEACHERS; NEED TO EMPHASIZE THAT. CLASSROOM TEACHERS ARE WITH US IN THE CLASSROOM AND THEIR COLLABORATION IS VITAL TO THE PROGRAM SUCCESS. WE MEASURE THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM BY TRACKING STUDENT SCORES ON STATE STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT IN SCIENCE BY ADMINISTER ING PRE AND POST LESSON QUIZZES AND CONDUCTING TEACHER AND STUDENT SURVEYS. DURING SCHOOL PROGRAM ALSO COULD BE COMBINED WITH TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUCH THAT THE TEACHERS REPLACE SCIENTIST IN THE CLASSROOMS OVER TIME. WE ARE CURRENTLY SERVING 1441 STUDENTS IN 16 ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS. MOST SCHOOLS ARE LOCATED IN THE METRO AREA; ONE IN [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] ON THE WHITE EARTH RESERVATION. WE HAVE OVER 20 SCHOOLS ON THE WAITING LIST. PROGRAM METRIX INDICATED 16 PERCENT IMPROVEMENT FROM PRE TO POST LESSON. 6 PERCENT ON FIBTH GRADE SCORES IN SCIENCE AND 89 PERCENT OF TEACHERS REPORTING INCREASE STUDENT APTITUDE AND ATTITUDE IN STEM AND RELATED CAREERS. MOST OF OUR FUNDING COMES FROM CORPORATE GRANTS AND AS GEOGRAPHICALLY RESTRICTED TO NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODSS. LEGISLATIVE FUNDSING IS LESS RESTRICKTDIVE AND ALLOW TO PROVIDE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY STEM EDUCATION TO STUDENT F OCOLOR AND IN RURAL AREAS OREB NATIVE COMMUNITIES. HALF THE FUNDS WOULD BE USED TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM IN THE MOTE ROAREA AND HALF SUPPORT PROGRAM EXPANS IN RURAL AREAS AND GRANT FUNDS POTENTIALLY HELP US REACH DOZENS OF SCHOOLS AND THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS OVER THE NEXT T WO YEARS. THANK YO U.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU MS FRENCH. PRINCIPLE ANDERSON. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. STATE YOUR NAME AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>THANK YOU. CREG ANDERSON; THE PRINCIPLE OF BATTLE CREEK ELEMENTARY ON ST. PAUL. IN OUR BACKYARD. CURRENTLY WE HAVE 538 STUDENTS AT BATTLE CREEK; 92 PERCENT ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR; AND THE RACIAL BREAKDOWN IS VERY DIVERSE. WE HAVE 44 PERCENT ASIAN STUDENTS; 11 PERCENT HISPANIC; 33 PERCENT BLACK STUDENTS AND THAT IS HALF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT AND HALF AFFRIC IMMIGRANT STUDENTS. 9 PERCENT WHITE STUDENT AND 2 PERCENT NATIVE STUDENTS. IT IS A VERY DIVERSE PLACE AND SCIENCE FROM SCIENTIST HAS COME TO HELP US WORK WITH OUR MISSION AND VISION; WHICH IS LEARNING POWERED BY STEAM AND STEAM IS SCIENCE; TECHNOLOGY; ENGINEERING ARTS AND MATHEMATICS. IT’S WHAT KIDS GET EXCITED ABOUT AND WHY THEY ARE EXCITED TO COME TO BATTLE CREEK AND SCIENCE FROM SCIENTIST PROGRAMS HELP IN MANY WAYS BUTS I’LL TELL 3 OR 4. ONE WAY IS SUPER EXCITING HANDS ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY BRING TO US EVERY OTHER WEEK. THEY GO TO THE THE COMPUTER LAB DECKED OUT WITH EVERYTHING FROM DRY ICE AND ALL KINDS OF INTERESTING MATERIALS TO USING REAL SCIENCE TOOLS TO MEASURE EFFECTIVE EXPERIMENTS THEY ARE DOING WITH THE SCIENTIST. THE SUPER COOL EXCITING LEARNING IS PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE BENEFIT. NUMBER TWO; THEY GET TO MEET A SCIENTIST. A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS ARE LIMITED BY THEIR EXPERIENCE. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT A ENGINEER IS OR DOES YOU WILL NOT THINK I WANT TO BE A ENGINEER. OR A CHEMIST OR GEOLOGIST OR A BIOLOGIST AND THEY GET TO MEET ALL THESE SCIENTIST OVER THE COURSE OF TWO YEARS BECAUSE THEY DO THIS IN THE 4TH AND 5TH GRADE. THE LAST THING IS IT BRINGS THEM TO COLLEGE LEVEL THINKING. IF YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE AT BATTLE CREEK ELEMENTARY THERE IS A VIDEO THERE AND A GIRL NAMED LILLIAN SAYS SHE HAS BIG EYES AND SHE IS LOOKING OUT AND SAYS WITH FULL AUTHORITY; WHEN YOU DROP THE DRY ICE INTO THE WARM WATER IT [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] FORMS A CLOUD AND I’M LIKE; WHAT IS DESUBLIMATES. I’M SURE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WERE THINKING THE SAME THING AND A 5TH GRADER IS USING VOCABULARY WITH SUCH AUTHORITY. THE FINAL BENEFIT IS OUR TEACHERS LEARN ALL OF THE LESSON ALONG WITH THE STUDENT AND ABLE TO REPLICATE THOSE SO WE CAN IN THE FUTURE TRADE OUT THE MODULES AND TEACHERS CAN NOW TEACH THE MODULES THEY LEARNED IN CONJUNCTION WITH TEACHING WITH THE SCIENTIST. IT IS TEEPER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT; IT IS SCIENTIST EXPOSURE AND IT’S GREAT FANTASTIC LEARNING FOR KIDS. CHAIR CHAR>>CHAIR DAVNIE: CHAIR THANK YOU MR. ANDERSON.>>MS HUGENBURGER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. SUSAN HUGENBURGER A CANDIDATE OF BIO CHEMISTRY AND CHEMIST. I WANT TO SHARE WHAT IT IS LIKE IN THE CLASSROOM BY TELLING ABOUT THE TWO SCHOOLS I’M IN THIS YEAR. ONE IS A ALTNCHATIVE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL IN ST. PAUL WHICH IS A FAIRLY DIFFICULT SCHOOL TO TEACH AT AND ONE IS A [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] IN BLOOMINGTON WHICH IS VERY DIFFERENT PLACEMENT. QUH I FIRSH ARIBELED AT THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL THE STUDENT MADE IT CLEAR THEY DIDN’T WANT US THERE. THE SCIENCE PROGRAM WASN’T THAT DEVELOPED. THE TEACHER WAS A FIRST YEAR TEACHER AND IT WAS VERY HARD INITIALLY BUT THINGS HAVE CHANGED. NOW WHEN I GO WITH THE EYE BALLS THE SECURITY GUARD KNOWS WE GOT THE EYE BALL JZ EVERYONE IS EXCITED AND TO GO FROM STUDENTS NOT REUBMOOLING THEIR EAR BUDS FOR US TO TEACH TO GO ASKING FOR MORE EYE BALLS TO DISSECT WAS A BIG DEAL AT SUCH A DIFFICULT SCHOOL. AT MY OTHER PLACEMENT; THE SCHOOL IN BLOOMINGTON WE ARE TOO EFFECTIVE. WHEN I WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST LESSON THIS YEAR THE 4TH GRADER TOLD ME HE HAD ALREADY DONE THE EXPERIMENT AND THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE WE HAVE ORIGINAL LESSON. THESE ARE NOT LESSON OTHER TEACHERS ARE TEACHING AND HE TOLD ME HIS BROTHER HAD SCIENCE FROM SCIENTIST LAST YEAR AND BROUGHT THE EXPERIMENT HOME AND DID IT WITH HIS FAMILY SO WE ARE TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCIENTIST AND THEY ARE TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION. THAT TELLS ME WE ARE DOING WHAT WE ARE SETTING OUT TO DO.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 1969? SEEING NONE; QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS? IT IS A QUITE BUNCH TODAY.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND I ASK YOU FOR SUPPORT. I KNOW THE MONEY WILL BE TIGHT WHICH IS WHY I REMOVED THE APPROPRIATION AND CHANGED THE WORD IN LINE 1.19 BUT I THINK YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT DOES FOR THE STUDENTS. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON THE LEARNERS AND STUDENTS AND WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AS WE TRANSFER FROM SCIENCE [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] TO THE NEXT GENERATION STANDARDS BUT THEY WONT BE PURELY NEXT GENERATION; BUT THIS PROVIDES THAT OPTION FOR STUDENT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HANDS ON AND LEARN UNDER EXPERTSS SO I THINK WE THINK ABOUT THAT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE STUDENTS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: HOUSE FILE 1969 BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE DIVISION REPORT. REPRESENTATIVE LIEN. REPRESENTATIVE HUOT; YOU LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 2021?>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: SO MOVED.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE LIEN; WELCOME.>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEN: APPRECIATE HEARING THE BILL HOUSE FILE 2110 WHO WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BRANDON NEW NECK FROM THE MOREHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. AFTER THE DISTRICT HELD A BOND BOAT TO ADD TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MOREHEAD CONSTRUCTED IN 2004; THE NEW SQUARE FOOTAGE HAS THE EFFECT LOWERING THE AVERAGE AGE IN THE IST DERICATE WHICH REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LONG TERM FACILITY MAINTENANCE REVENUE THE DISTRICT RECEIVES FROM THE STATE. HOWEVER; THE DISTRICT ISN’T REDUCING SCARET FOOAGE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND THAT RESULT IS THAT THE DISTRICT WOULD HAVE TO MAINTAIN MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE WITH LESS REVENUE FROM THE STATE. I UNDERSTAND OTHER DISTRICTS AROUND THE STATE ARE FACING A SIMILAR SITUATION AND THIS CHANGE IS ONE TIME STATEWIDE CORRECTION RATHER THEN HAVING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE FOR INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS ONE AT A TIME. MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS I HAVE A TECHNICAL AUTHOR’S AMENDMENT I LIKE TO TAKE UPT A THIS TIME.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THE CHAIR WILL MOVE THE H2110A1 AMENDMENT TO BE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE. REPRESENTATIVE LIEN; ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE AMENDMENT?>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEN: THE AMENDMENT WAS CAUGHT BY NON PARTISAN STAFF AS WE WERE WALKING THROUGH THE BILL A COUPLE DAYS AGO AND JUST CLARIFYING LANGUAGE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT? HEARING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE A1 AMENDMENT PLEASE SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED ? MOTION PREVAILS.>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEN: SECZ ONE ELIMINATE OLD LANGUAGE IN PARAGRAPH A AND B IT WAS IN LAW FISCAL YEARS 2017 AND 18. CHANGE TO THE PARAGRAPH A REMOVE THE EXISTING DEFINITION FOR DISTRICT AVERAGE BUILDING A IJTO 35 YEARS AND INSERT DISTRICT BUILDING AGE INDEX. THE NEWLY PROPOSED PARAGRAPH B DEFINES AS THE GREATER OF 1; THE LESSER OF 1 OR RATIO OF THE DISTRICTS AVERAGE BUILDING AGE FOR THE MOST RECENT YEAR DATA IS AVAILABLE TO 35 YEARS OR TWO; DISTRICT BUILDING AGE INDEX FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE NEWLY PROPOSED PARAGRAPH C PUTS CONDITIONS IN PLACE A DISTRICT HAS TO MEET FOR THE NEW BUILDING AGE INDEX OR THE BUILDING AGE INDEX FOR FISCAL YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE ADDITION OF DISTRICTS SQUARE FOOTAGE USED FOR CALCULATING LONG TERM FACILITY MAINTENANCE REVENUE; WHICH EVER IS GREATER. AND THE RESULT OF THIS CHANGE IN LAW WOULD HOLD DISTRICTS HARMLESS IN THE AMOUNT OF LONG TERM FACILITY MAINTENANCE REVENUE. RECEIVE IN THE AVENT SQUARE FOOTAGE IS ADDED TO DISTRICT BUILDINGS WITHOUT REDUCTION IN OVERALL SQUARE FOOTAGE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. F SECTION 2 PROVIDES CLEANUP OF OBSOLETE LANGUAGE INVOLVED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 AND 18. MR. CHAIR; COMMITTEE MEMBERS I CAN STAND FOR QUESTIONS OR ALLOW SUPERINTENDENT LUNE ACTO MAKE COMMENTS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: WELCOME BACK TO COME ITY.>>BRANDSEN LUECK;: I LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME ONCE AGAIN. IN 2015 WE DID HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BOND; WE DID ADD LIKE MR. LIEN SAID AN ADDITION TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AT HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BUILT A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT YEAR AS WELL SO WE OFFICIALLY ADDED ALL MOST 300 THOUSAND SQUARE FEET TO OUR FOOTPRINT AND JUST TO GIVE YOU A IDEA OF WHERE WE ARE AT; FROM PAY 16 TO 19 THE MOREHEAD AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN BECAUSE OF THE FORMULA IN THE CURRENT LANGUAGE THAT IS SET UP IN STANDS TO LOSE JUST NORTH OF $1.4 MILLION IN DIFFERED MAINTENANCE TO MAINTAIN OUR FACILITIES. WE ARE MAINTAINING MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE WITH LESS REVENUE SO I APPRECIATE YOU ALLOWING ME THIS TIME TO EXPLAIN WHERE WE ARE AT IN TERMS OF MOOREHEAD AND TRULY AGREE WITH MR. LIEN THAT THIS IS A FIX FOR ALL DISTRICTS MOVING FORWARD NOT JUST MOOREHEAD TODAY SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT. ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHING TO TESTIFY REGARDING HOUSE FILE 2110? MEMBER QUELGZ QUESTIONS? AGAIN; IT IS A QUITE–>>REPRESENTATIVE MARQUART: THANK YOU VERY MUCH; MR. CHAIR AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD REPRESENTATIVE LIEN. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE LONG TERM FACILITY MAINTENANCE PROGRAM IS GREAT. WE STARTED THIS IT WAS SUPER; BUT IT PENALIZES SCHOOL DISTRICTS ADDING ON FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY NEED DO SO THEY HAVE WAY MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE BUT NOW THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE MONEY TO MAINTAIN THOSE FACILITIES. IT JUST NEEDS A FIX HERE AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE-I MISSED THE BEGINNING SO DONT KNOW THE TOTAL COST BUT MAYBE THERE IS A PHASE-IN THAT COULD BE WORKED OUT BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE FACILITIES AND MAINTAIN THEM AND THE FORMULA WILL PENALIZE YOU IF YOU NEED TO GROW SO HOPING WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH THIS. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY CLOSING COMMENTS?>>REPRESENTATIVE LIEN: I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION ON THE BILL TODAY AND ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE HUOT RENEWS HIS MOTION HOUSE FILE 2010 LAY OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE LIEN; THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT. REPRESENTATIVE LEE. VERY GOOD. REPRESENTATIVE PRIOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 2325 BEFORE COMMITTEE?>>YES.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE LEE; NO AMENDMENT; CORRECT?>>REPRESENTATIVE LEE: I HAVE THE A1 AMENDMENT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MY APOLOGY. RIGHT IN THE PACKET. REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR WOULD YOU PLEASE MOVE THE A1 AMENDMENT.>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: I MOVE THE A1 AMENDMENT>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THIS IS THE AUTHOR AMENDMENT TO GET THE BILL IN THE FORM YOU PREFER. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE AUTHOR A1 AMENDMENT; 2325A1. ALL IN FAVOR; AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS.>>REPRESENTATIVE LEE: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TOPRINT HOUSE FILE 2325. THE BILL PROVIDES INCREASE TO THE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING AND THE AMENDMENT THAT WAS PUT ON CHANGES THE CALCULATION OF GROWTH FROM [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] TO THE PRIOR YEAR CONTACT HOURS AND THE BILL CREATES A PROCESS TO ALLOW ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING TO GRUIN THE K-12 FORMULA OR WHEN THE AB CONTACT HOUR GROWS BUT NEVER BY MORE THEN 3 PERCENT. THE EFFECT ON SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR COST INCREASES DUE TO INFLATION. MEMBERS; SERVICES ARE COST EFFECTIVE BECAUSE IMPROVING LIT RAEG AND EDUCATIONAL SKILLS HELPS FAMILIES IN POVERTY; INCREASE THE EARNINGS AND ACHIEVE ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY. PARENTS AND MOTHERS ARE MORE LICKLY TO HAVE A PUZATIVE INFLUENCE ON THE CHILDREN ‘S ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND AS YOU WILL HEAR FROM A TESTIFIER; I WANT TO SAY THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR A LOT OF OUR FAMILIES IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND I REMEMBER A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH A MINNEAPOLIS FAMILY SOMALI COMMUNITY MEMBER TALKING ABOUT HOW EXCITED SHE WAS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE SOME OF THESE COURSES OVER AT THE MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING AND AFTER THAT GOING BACK TO HER WORKPLACE AT THE AIRPORT AND HOW THE COURSES DOES HELP HER AND HER INTERACTION WITH HER EMPLOYER AND HER COLLEAGUES AT THE AIRPORT AND SO I JUST FEEL LIKE THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND I WANT TO TURN IT OVER TO MY TESTIFIER.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE YOU MS WALTERS? WOULD YOU PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY?>>MS WALTERS: KAREN WALTERS. I SERVE AS LEGISLATIVE CHAIR FOR LITERACY ACTION NETWORK A STATEWIDE PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IN MINNESOTA. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF HF2325 WHICH TIES THE FUNDING INCREASE TO K-12 INCREASES. LF MINNESOTA PROVIDES ADULTS WITH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ACQUIRE AND IMPROVE THE LITERACY SKILLS NECESSARY TO BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT. WE OFFER SERVICES FOR LOW SKILLED ADULTS INCLUDING GED; STATE COMPETENCY BASED HIGH SCHOOL DUPLOMA AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING. PREPARE FOR EMPLOYMENT AND OR PARTICIPATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION. ABE IS FUNDSING PRIMARILY THROUGH STATE FUNDSING. THIS FUNDING IS ADMINISTERED VIA FORM YULA WITH STATEWIDE INPUT WHICH PROVIDES FAIR AND EQUITABLE ACCESS IN GREATER MINNESOTA AND IN THE METRO AREA. SUPPORTED BY THE VAST MAJORITY OF PROVIDERS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA. SINCE THE FORMULA WAS DEVELOPED; THE CUMULATIVE INFLATION RATE IS JUST UNDER 40 PERCENT. THERE IS A NO INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENT DURING THIS TIME. THIS LACK OF FUNDSING INCREASINGLY EFFECTED THE PROVISION OF ABE SERVICE. THREE QUARTERS OF ALL ABE TEACHERERIZE PART-TIME. SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND NON-PROFIT PROGRAMS STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE CRUCIAL SERVICE IN A HIGH QUALITY MANNER WITH EVER INCREASING EXPENSES AND STAGNANT FUNDING. OVER TIME THE ABILITY OF ABE TO MEET EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ERODED DUE TO DECREASED FUNDSING. THE URFB ISS WE ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE ARE INCREASING IN COST AND COMPLEXITY. DUE TO THE LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THE STUDENTS WE ARE SEEING DEAL WITH MULTIPLE BARRIERS THAT REQUIRE MORE INTENSIVE SERVICE AND CAREER PATH WAY EDUCATION REQUIRES SOPHISTICATED SKILL TRAINING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM AND WORKFORCE PROGRAM. COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION IS REQUIRED IN TEACHERS WITH SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE MUST PEE HIRED. THE COST OF THE BILL IS QUITE MINIMAL. IN THE CONTEXTF OEDUCATION FUNDING HOWEVER THE FUNDING REQUESTED IS CRUCIAL PROVIDING SERVICES IN A HIGH QUALITY EFFECTIVE MANNER TO MINNESOTANS TRYING TO IMPROVE SKILLS TO BECOME EMPLOYED IN A RANEDLY CHANGING ECONOMY. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU MS WALTERS. MS [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] WELCOME. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND PROCEED.>>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS; [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I’M THE PRESIDENT OF LITERACY ACTION NETWORK AND THE SUPERVISOR FOR ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK. ESTIMATED 250 THOUSAND MINNESOTA RESIDENT NEED ENGLISH AS AAL SECOND LAJ. HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS HELPING INCREASE THE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP. ALSO HELP NEW AMERICANS ATTAIN HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY AND FOR HIGHER PAID DEMAND CAREERS SUCH AS NURTHING AND WELDING. OFFER CAREER PATHWAYS THAT INTEGRATE BASIC SKILL EDUCATION; POST SECONDARY TRAINING AND SUPPORT SERVICES. THESE PROGRAMS THRIV ON LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDING ABE; COLLEGES; WORKFORCE CENTERS; SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS AND EMPLOYERS. TOGETHER PARTNERS DESIGN SEQUENCES OF EDUCATIONAL OFFERS MANAGEABLE FOR WORKING ADULT AND LEADS TO CAREER IN HIGH DEMAND WELL PAYING JOBS. AVE ADDRESSING THE SKILLS GAP. AVE ADDRESSES THE K-12 ACHIEVEMENT GAP LIFTING OUT OF POVERTY AND GIVING THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN. ADULT EDUCATION IS NO LESS VALUABLE. NOT INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE STATE PROGRAMS IS LEADING TO SOME PROGRAMS TAKING SPECIAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE DISTRICT. THIS DOES NOT LEAD TO EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS AS EVERYONE HAS SIMILAR NEEDS. SUCH TARGETED ALLOCATION OVER TIME THREATENS THE VIABILITY OF THE FORMULA TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO AVE SERVICE IN ALL PARTS OF MINNESOTA AND URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. WITH ME TODAY IS A AVE STUDENT LEILA AMODAND SHE’LL TELL WHAT THE SERVICES HAVE MET FOR HER AND HER FAMILY.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MS AMOD; PLEASE COME FORWARD. WELCOME AND PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME KWR AND PROCEED.>>THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: I THINK WE NEED YOU TO LEAN A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE MICROPHONE; WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO HEAR YOU WELL.>>THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE IN FRONT OF YOU SPEAKING. MY NAME IS LEILA AMED AND COME FROM SOMALIA. [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] BECAUSE OF MY-I COULDN’T READ AND WRITE SO MY THEY COULDN’T HIRE ME BECAUSE OF A LOT OF MACHINES ASSEMBLY. AB PROGRAM HELPED ME HAVE A BETTER JOB. I’M A [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I CAN HAVE MY–I CAN EASILY DO MY [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I HAVE A BETTER JOB NOW AND I’M ABLE TO HELP MY CHILDREN HOMEWORK. MY FIRST BORN CHILD IS DENTAL HIGH HYGIENE AND I HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL CHILD WHO WANT TO BE A ENGINEERING AND I’M ABLE TO HELP WITH HIS HOMEWORK BECAUSE OF ABE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] MY CHILD WOULD NOT HAVE THE-[INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] WITH HIS HOMEWORK. WHEN I WAS–[INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I HAVE A CHILD THAT GOES TO CHILDCARE AND I COULD HAVE EASILY ASSIST MY CHILDREN NOW. [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I WANT TO CONTINUE IN MY EDUCATION AND [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I WANT TO BE A SOCIAL WORKER AND CONTINUE MY EDUCATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE YOU COMING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TODAY. [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] I’M DOING IT AGAIN; MY APOLOGY.>>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS; MY NAME IS TAM ERA SEEDS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. PLEASE PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>I’M THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION FOR BLOOMINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO SPEAK ON THE MINNESOTA COMMUNITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF 2325. ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IS A KEY PROGRAM COMMUNICATION EDUCATION SUPPORTS AND VALUES. ABE PROVIDES EDUCATION FOR ADULT LEARN ERS AND EMPLOYMENT SKILLS AND PROVIDES A STARTING POINT FOR INITIAL ENTRANCE TO THE WORKFORCE; PROMOTION IN THE CURRENT EMPLOYMENT AND REENTRY TO THE WORKFORCE. PROVIDES SECOND CHANCES AND SUPPORTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MINNESOTA. ADULT LEARNERS ARE ABLE TO GET THE TOOLS TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE LIFE TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND PARTICIPATE AS PRODUCTIVE WORKERS FAMILY MEMBERS AND CITIZENS. IN RECENT YEARS CAREER PATHWAY FOR EDUCATION AND ADULT LEARNERS WHO LACK SKILLS TO GAIN LIVING WAGES AND EMPLOYMENT IS A CENTRAL FOCUS FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION. PEOPLE BEFORE ME HAVE TESTIFIED ON SOME OF THOSE PATHWAYS. IDULT BASIC EDUCATION PARTNERS WITH DEED; CAREER FORCE CENTERS; LOCAL COLLEGE; COUNTIES AND BUSINESSES TO BUILD PATHWAYS TO JOBS IN HIGH DEMAND. A BIG PART THE JOB GAP IS THE LOWEST END OF THE SPECTRUM. WE ARE PREPARING MANY OF OUR LEARNERS TO ENTER JOBS GOING UNFILLED. LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE CLEARLY ASKING FOR MORE WORKERS AND HAVE A PIPE PLINE WE JUST NEED MORE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. EXAMPLE SAID ARE CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE; HEALTHCARE PATHWAYS INCLUDING NURSING ASSISTANT; MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY; PHLEBOTOMY; TRANSPORTATION FOR SHORT EDGE IN BUS DRIVERS; PARAPROFESSIONALS; IT CAREERS; FOOD SERVICE; GREEN CONSTRUCTION; MANUFACTURING. THESE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES WITH INCREASED FUNDING ADULT BASIC ED AND EXPAND THE INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING AND DEVELOP PATHWAYS WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS. ALSO ESSENTIAL SERVING LOW INCOME AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. THROUGH ABE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE LITERACY AND EMPLOYMENT SKILLS SO THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CHILDRENS LIVES; THE WORKFORCE AND OUR COMMUNITY. THEY CAN BE OUR MOST VULNERABLE ADULT JZ CAN GET LOST IBTHE SISTZM. PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY AND CONNECTIVENESS THAT IMPACT THE ADULT LEARNERS AND THE COMMUNITY. WE CAN SOMETIMES SEE THE ONLY LIFELINE AND SUPPORT. AS A FORMER DIRECTOR HAVE SO MANY STORIES AND SPACES HOW AVE TOUCHED THEIR LIVES CHANGED THEIR LIVES AND CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF THE FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES. AVE IS A PARTNER AND NECESSARY PARTNER IN THE FUTURE OF MINNESOTA. I WILL SAY MY SON IS COMING BACK FROM THE MILITARY AND IS BENEFITING AFTER 5 YEARS BEING DEPLOYED COMING BACK AND BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE THE PARTNERSHIP IN A LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO PREPARE FOR REENTRY. IT IS AMAZING. ADULT BASED EDUCATION IS VITAL TO MINNESOTA FUTURE. AVE SUPPORT ADULT LEARNERS AND FUTURE NEEDS OF THE MINNESOTA WORKFORCE. RESOURCES ARE NEEDED AND INCREASE OFFUNDING ALLOW AVE TO SUSTAIN THE CURRENT FOUNDATIONAL PROGRAM FOR ADULT LEARNERS AND EXPAND TO MEET THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF MINNESOTA ECONOMY. EVERY DOLLAR PROVIDED IS A INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF MINNESOTA. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PROVIDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU HOW WE VALUE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND WHY WE SUPPORT THE INCREASE IN FUNDING.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO YOUR SON HIS RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE. HEATHER TURNGRIN. WELCOME TO COMMITTEE. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME.>>HEATHER TURNGRIN. GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS. HEALTHER TURNGRIN AND I LIVE AND WORK IN MINNEAPOLIS. I AM A FULLY LICENSED ADULT EDUCATION TEACHERS AND WE FALL THOUGH SAME LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AS THE K-12 TEACHERS DO AND SAY RELICENSING REQUIREMENTS. I HAVE BEEN A ABE TEACHER WITH MINNEAPOLIS ADULT EDUCATION IN MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR 19 YEARS. I’M A PROUD ABE TEACHER. IN MINNEAPOLIS ADULT EDUCATION SIMILAR TO MANY OTHER ABE PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE OF MIN IN; WE SERVE ADULT STUTDANT. WE SERVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS SIMILAR TO LEILA WITH ESL CLASSES AND ALSO SERVE NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING STUDENTS LOOKING FOR BASIC SKILLS; GED CLASSES COMT COLLEGE PREP CLASSES. MANY STUDENT YOU FIND IN ABE CLASSROOMS CROSS MINNESOTA REPRESENT MINNESOTA COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. ABE IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP MINNESOTA CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP WITHIN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM. IT ALSO ALLOWS STUDENTS OF ALL AGES TO ACHIEVE THE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES THEY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN EARLIER. ABE IS ALSO A PERFECT PARTNER WITH K-12 EDUCATION AS WE HELP SERVE THE PARENTS OF MINNESOTA CHILDREN. I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TEACH CLASSES AT ALL MOST EVERY LEVEL OF ABE PROGRAMMING IN MY 19 YEARS AS A TEACHER. RANGING FROM PRELITERACY TO COLLEGE PREP. I TAUGHT CLASSES IN SCIENCE; SOCIAL STUDIES; MATH; READING; WRITING AND MANY CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMMING CLASSES. WE ALSO HAVE CLASSES IN THE MORNING; AFTERNOON; EVENING AND SATURDAY. WE OFFER CLASSES WHEN STUDENT ARE ABLE TO ATTEND. MY FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN STUDENTS AND BEING A FLEXIBLE PROVIDER FOR THE LEARNING OF OUR STUDENTS. THIS BILL BEFORE YOU WILL HELP PROVIDE THE NECESSARY FUNDING FOR ABE PROGRAMS ACROSS MINNESOTA TO CONTINUE TO DO THE GREAT WORK THAT THE OTHERS BEFORE ME MENTIONED. IF I HAD MORE TIME I WOULD SHARE THE MANY STOREIES ABOUT MY STUDENT AND HOW ABE HELPED THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS RKTS BUT IN THE ESSENCE OF TIME I’LL SAY THIS; ADDITIONAL FUNDSING FOR ABE WILL HELP CONTINUE TO SERVE ADULTS WHO ATTEND CLASSES AND THEY THEN HELP WITH THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION. WE ALSO HELP ADULTS ACHIEVEMENT EMPLOYMENT GOALS AND LOOKING FOR MORE AND BETTER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. I’M ASKING ALL OF YOU; PLEASE GIVE FULL SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE LEE FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT FOR ABE AND FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 2325? SEEING NONE; MEMBERS QUESTION.>>REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND JUST A QUESTION. THIS IS IMPORTANT. ADULT BASIC EDUCATION IS PORNLT. I LOOK AT LINES 1.2-1.12 AND 1.13. YOU CAN HAVE CARRY OVER MONEY FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT AND HOW MUCH MONEY IS IN THERE RIGHT NOW?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: I’M GOING TO THROW THAT TO MR. STROM OR MS ADRIANS.>>MR. STROM: WITH THE ABE PROGRAM THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THE PROGRAM; THERE IS THE REGULAR FUNDING OUT TO THE DISTRICTS AND THE ADJUSTMENT EACH YEAR PAID ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL AND SO IT’S NOT SO MUCH CARRY FORWARD AS IT IS THAT AMOUNT IS USED TO DETERMINE THE SECOND PORTION OF THE FORMULA THAT IS PAID OUT BUT IT ISN’T AS IF IT GOES TO RESERVE THAT BUILDS UP EACH YEAR; IT IS PART OF THE CALCULATION AND WHAT IT IS LOOKING AT THERE IS THE AMONT OF AID IN THE PRECEDING YEAR TO DETERMINE THE AMONT THAT GOES INTO THAT OTHER CALCULATION.>>REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.>>REPRESENTATIVE EDELSON: THANK YOU CHAIR. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE LEE FOR BRINGING THE BILL. IT IS SO IMPORTANT. I THINK EVERYBODY HAS VALUE AND CAN CONTRIBUTE. I DO HAVE QUESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO THE ABE PROGRAM; HOW MANY SITES ARE THERE THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND WITHIN THOSE SITES ARE THERE DIFFERING SPECIALTIES ENTERMS OF WORKFORCE TRAINING.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: YOU CAN PHONE A FRIEND.>>REPRESENTATIVE LEE: I HAVE A STAFF MEMBER FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: VERY GOOD. WELCOME; PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND PROCEED.>>MY NAME IS BRAD [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] THANK YOU FOR EXCELLENT QUESTION. F AROUND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA CURRENTLY WE HAVE ABOUT 330 SITES FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION THAT ARE SERVING IN A VARIETY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SITES; COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS OR NON-PROFITS; LIBRARIES; AND OTHER LOCATIONS. THERE IS A WIDE VARIETY OF LOCATIONS ACROSS THE STATE. SOME OF THEM ARE VERY SMALL SITES SUCH AS WORKPLACE LITERACY SITES. OTHERS ARE LARGE LIKE THE HUB CENTER IN ST. PAUL THAT IS A ADULT SCHOOL. I DIDN’T HEAR THE SECOND PART THE QUESTION.>>REPRESENTATIVE EDELSON: I THINK-THANK YOU CHAIR. I THINK YOU ANSWERED IT WELL. THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE IS GOING TO THE AGE GROUPS; SO SAY FOR INSTANCE THERE IS SOMEBODY THAT COMES IN AND WANTS TO DO ABE COURSE AND THEY ARE 19 YEARS OLDS OR 20S IT FREE FOR THEM? JUST CURIOUS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FOR THAT PROCESS.>>EXCELLENT QUESTION. A PERSON IS ELIGIBLE FOR ADULT BASED EDUCATION AS LONG AS THEY ARE NO LONGER ENROLLED IN K-12 OR REQUIRED TO BE ENROLLED IN K-12 SO BETWEEN THE AGES OF 17-21 IS OFTEN GIVEN THE CHOICE WHETHER THEY ARE ABLE TO OR PREFER TO ENROLL IN K-12 IN LIEU OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION. K-12 OFFERS MORE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES AND A LOT MORE SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION; FREE; REDUCED LUNCH ITEMS LIKE THAT; ADULT BASIC EDUCATION TYPICALLY DOESN’T HAVE THOSE ADDITIONAL SERVICES. SO; WITHIN ADULT BASIC EDUCATION MOST PROGRAMS DO NOT CHARGE A FEE. IT IS FREE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS LONG AS THEY ARE ELIGIBLE; HOWEVER; SOME DO HAVE MATERIAL FEES OR TEST FEES. FOR EXAMPLE; IF YOU WANT TO TEST FOR THE GED TEST; YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY THAT TESTING FEE AND THAT IS CURRENTLY TYPICALLY THE STICKER PRICE IS $120 FOR THE FULL BATTERY BUT BAZ OF THE ONGOING SUBSIDY THROUGH THE STATE LEGISLATURE IT GOES TO ABOUT $80 PER INDIVIDUAL.>>REPRESENTATIVE EDELSON: THE WORKFORCE TRAINING PIECE OF IT; DOES EACH SITE SPECIALIZE IN A SPECIFIC WORKFORCE AREA OR JUST IN TERMS OF WUNDSERING WHAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO.>>EXCELLENT QUESTION. EACH ADULT BASIC EDUCATION GRANTEE IS REQUIRED TO TARGET THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICE BASED ON THE INDUSTRIES IN DEMAND FOR THAT AREA. SO; IN MANY AREA ARES WE SEE HEALTHCARE AS A MAJOR NEED SO WE SEE A LOT OF CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE BUT IN SOULTHWEST MINNESOTA GREEN CONSTRUCTION WAS A MUCH LARGER INDUSTRY IN DEMAND SO THERE WAS ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS TOWARDS THAT AREA SO THEY REALLY ARE TAILORED TO ONE THE INDUSTZRIES IN DEMAND AND TWO; THE PARTNERS THEY HAVE IN THOSE AREAS.>>REPRESENTATIVE SANDELL: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. A BIG FAN OF ABE AND REPRESENTATIVE LEE; THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THE BILL U P. I’M INTERESTED IN THE WORK YOU ARE DOING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. I SEE THAT THE HOURS OF OR CONTRACT HOURS ARE HIGHEST FOR THAT DEPARTMENT; BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE ONE SITE. IS THAT THE CASE AND WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE AND HOPEFULLY GREAT SUCCESS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.>>EXCELLENT QUESTION. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. ACTUALLY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS YOU SEE IN THE SECOND COLUMN FOR THIS SPREADSHEET IT SAYS ONE MEMBER HOWEVER THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE NUMBER OF SITES. ACTUALLY THERE ARE 9 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION FACILITIES THAT DO OFFER ADULT BASIC EDUCATION. EVERY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITY; EVERY PRISON WITH THE EXCEPTION OF RED WING OFFERS ADULT BASIC EDUCATION SERVICES; SO THOSE ARE WELL ATTENDED AND WE HAVE A VERY SOLID PARTNERSHIP WITH THAT AGENCY.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE LEE; CLOSING COMMENT?>>REPRESENTATIVE LEE: THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THE BILL AND WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE BIPARTISAN [INAUDIBLE COMMENTS] CHAIR AND REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA FOR SIGNING ON. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE LEE. SORRY ABOUT THAT. WITH THAT; REPRESENTATIVE PRIOR RENEWS THE MOTION HOUSE FILE 2325 BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. MEMBERS REMINDSER WE RECONVENE CALL OF THE CHAIRITANT TIVLY 530 THIS EVENING IN THE BASEMENT HEARING ROOM. COZY; QUITE. WITH THAT; WE ARE IN RECESS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [MEETING IN RECESS]

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