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									           HF 630 (Marquart) – Omnibus E-12 House
            Education Finance and Policy Bill DFL
The House DFL understands that a world-class education system is the gateway to a world-
class economy. That is why the DFL Budget invests in our future and sets the goal of building
the world’s best workforce.

To meet this ambitious goal, the DFL is reversing a decade of disinvestment in education and
making historic investments in efforts and strategies with a proven record of closing the
achievement gap, raising graduation rates, and improving student’s career and college

Investing in What Works: All-Day K and Early Learning
The DFL Education Budget fully funds all-day, every day kindergarten and invests $40 million in
early learning childhood scholarships, two tools proven to improve test scores, close the
achievement gap and prepare students for future academic success.

Accelerate Pay Back of Our Schools
The previous legislature borrowed $2.4 billion from our schools. Our plan will accelerate a plan
to pay back our schools and put us in a strong position to fully pay back our schools by 2014.

Strategic Funding for K-12 Schools to Meet the Goals of a World’s Best Workforce
The DFL Education Budget increases the basic funding formula for K-12 schools by three
percent over the biennium, an increase of over $234 million, or $156 per pupil. The bill also
includes a $38.5 million increase in Special Education funding.

A New Strategy to Close the Revenue Equity Gap and Reduce Property Taxes
The DFL Budget enhances the equity formula by guaranteeing all districts at least $300 per
student of equity and referendum revenue. This will provide more stable funding for our schools
and help reduce property taxes. These provisions are expected to be included in the Omnibus
Tax Bill.

Implementing Education Reforms to Guarantee Results
The DFL Education budget sets out to ensure we get the most value and results out of every
dollar we invest in our children.

    Close the achievement gap; achieve 100 percent high school graduation, 100 percent
     literacy by third grade and 100 percent career and college readiness — all by 2027.
    Schools will develop strategic plans for student achievement to reach the goals of the
     world’s best workforce.
    The Governor’s Regional Centers of Excellence will provide assistance and work with
     schools to reach their goals.
    New student assessment system ensures students stay on the path to being career and
     college ready.
    Innovation grants to promote new ways to increase student achievement.
    New Integration Aid focuses on achievement.
           HF 630 (Marquart) – Omnibus E-12 House
            Education Finance and Policy Bill DFL
The Conference Committee Report (CCR) increases E-12 education spending by almost $485
million compared to base. This fully funds all-day, every-day kindergarten and places 1.5% and
1.5% on the general education formula in the next biennium.

Fully-Funded All-Day Kindergarten. The conference report fully funds free and voluntary all-
day kindergarten with almost $134 million over biennium. This funding is created by an increase
in the pupil unit weight for all-day kindergartners from .612 to 1.0. Funding all-day kindergarten
provides several other benefits: $26 million in fee based K programs; opens up 130 basic sliding
fee slots for subsidized child care, a value of $500,000; and frees up revenue, including
compensatory revenue, that districts now use to provide all-day kindergarten. (HF 105 Ward; HF
821 Bernardy)

Early Childhood Learning Scholarships. Under the Early Childhood Learning Scholarships
program the commissioner provides scholarships up to $5,000 per year to young children for
early learning and child care at quality-rated programs. This proposal provides a large
expansion to the program, appropriating $40 million over the biennium. The scholarships cannot
be counted as earned income of the eligible parent for the purposes of other programs.
(HF 1058 Winkler)

Accelerating School Shift Repayment: The E-12 CCR carries language that will accelerate
repayment of the school shift by directing the commissioner of Minnesota management and
budget (MMB) to allocate any surplus revenue from the current biennium toward paying back
the school aid and property tax recognition shifts. This should at least be enough to pay back
the $260 million in school aid shift, which should return the aid payment ratio to 90/10, and put
the State on the path to paying off the property tax recognition shift.

Basic Formula Increase. The conference report increases funding on the general formula by
roughly $234.5 million over the biennium. This equals a basic formula increase of 1.5% in FY
2014 and another 1.5% in FY 2015, or $156 per student.

Reducing the Equity Gap and Property Taxes. The Tax bill will carry several provisions to
help funding equity and reduce property taxes. The student achievement levy will be placed
upon adjusted net tax capacity and will raise $20 million. The DFL budget creates funding equity
by providing each district with at least $300 per pupil in school-board approved authority. This
comes with a corresponding $300 draw down of the cap on referendum revenue a district can
raise, which ensures increased equity. Finally, the Tax bill will increase and index the outdated
operating referendum levy equalization factors to recognize modern property values, which will
increase access to aid and reduce property taxes.

General Education Formula Simplification. The CCR simplifies the formula by rolling
alternative teacher compensation (Q-comp) out of the general education formula and rolling in
pension reduction, declining enrollment, and basic supplemental revenue.

Career and Technical Aid. The CCR accepts the Senate proposal to convert the career and
technical levy into a revenue category. The agreement funds $10 million for the aid portion of
career and technical revenue.

Cost-Saving Measures. The bill also clarifies kindergarten early entrance requirements,
eliminates the use of learning year program revenue for accelerated grade level advancement,
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and eliminates postsecondary scholarships, resulting in roughly $5.7 million in savings over the

Small Schools Revenue. The CCR spends $500,000 more on small schools revenue due to
the effects of the formula simplification.

Parent-Child Home Program. The CCR provides $500,000 for the Parent-Child Home
Program (PCHP), which sends instructors to the homes of families with young children to model
positive communication and affinity for learning. (HF 1385 Selcer)

Expanding Basic Skills Revenue Uses to School Readiness Programs. Schools will now be
able to use basic skills revenue and compensatory revenue on early education, parent outreach,
voluntary home visits, and school-readiness programs. (HF 393 Morgan)

Gifted and Talented Students Program. The CCR adopts a Senate proposal to require
schools’ assessments and procedures be more sensitive to underrepresented groups and
require schools to adopt procedures for early admission of young gifted and talented learners.


World’s Best Workforce Plans. The CCR provides an updated version of the House’s World’s
Best Workforce Plan. School districts must develop plans that strive to meet goals and
benchmarks for school readiness; third-grade literacy of all students; closing the racial and
economic achievement gaps; career and college readiness for all students; and for all students
to graduate high school. The program requires districts to demonstrate progress on goals and
benchmarks through a specified minimum list of indicators for student performance,
achievement gap reduction, and career and college readiness. The school board must hold
annual public meetings to review success in their plans and consider revisions. The
commissioner must identify those districts not making sufficient progress in the plan and, in
collaboration with the district, may use up to 2% of the district’s general education revenue to
implement a commissioner-specified improvement plan. The program also applies to charter
schools. (HF 630 Marquart)

Regional Centers of Excellence. The CCR provides $2 million to create the Regional Centers
of Excellence to assist districts and charter schools in implementing research-based
interventions and best practices to increase student achievement. The centers will be a
fundamental resource for schools in attaining their goals under the World’s Best Workforce plan.
(HF 630 Marquart)

Academic Standards. Directs the commissioner to review and revise academic standards and
related benchmarks on a ten-year cycle. Establishes that academic benchmarks must be based
on career and college readiness. Includes minor revisions to social studies standards and credit
equivalencies. Adopts Senate’s position on combination credits to satisfy science credit
requirements and career and technical education credit fulfilling elective science credit. (HF
1151 Mariani)

Student Assessment. The bill reforms the student testing and assessment system to one
based on a suite of assessments, including a college placement diagnostic exam, nationally-
normed college entrance exam, and long-term measurements of student college- and career-
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readiness and options. Beginning in grade 8, college- and career-readiness assessment will
include analysis of appropriate career and college trajectories, student performance on state
standards and meeting the student's individual trajectory benchmarks, and targeted
interventions through curriculum or instruction adjustments. Students in grades 3 through 7 will
take computer-adaptive assessments, which will also reveal a trajectory toward career and
college readiness. The commissioner will also report on the success of learning year programs
in improving student graduation outcomes and successful strategies to do so. The bill repeals
the GRAD test, a high stakes test that has not been proven effective as a means to increase
student achievement. (HF 1337 Brynaert; HF 685 Bly).

The bill creates a Career Pathways and Technical Advisory Task Force to provide
recommendations on how to structurally redesign secondary and postsecondary education to
serve students and adult learners. It focuses on alignment of education systems, workforce
needs, and efficacy of education systems. (HF 1337 Brynaert; HF 734 Urdahl)

Integration and Achievement Revenue Program. The CCR revitalizes the program where
eligible districts must use revenue to implement three-year plans using cost-effective, research-
based interventions based on assessment practices to achieve the goals of increasing student
achievement and increasing racial and economic integration. Districts must report to the public
and the commissioner on their success through longitudinal data on measures demonstrating
they met their achievement and integration goals. Eighty percent of the revenue must be used
on direct student services and districts are eligible for incentive revenue for voluntary
participation and usage of collaborative activities. If the district does not meet its goals, the
commissioner must work with the school to create a two-year improvement plan and set-aside
20% of that district’s program revenue to implement that plan. The program revives the levy
component of the revenue formula, which will be carried in the Tax conference report. The CCR
also directs the commissioner to review and make recommendations on revisions to the
controlling desegregation rule. (HF 247 Mariani)

Innovation Grants. The CCR adopts the House proposal of $200,000 for grants to school
districts that enter into an achievement contract with a site-decision making team to develop an
individualized learning system to promote student achievement. Grantees may receive a two-
year grant not to exceed $10 per student. (HF 630 Marquart)

Minnesota Math Corps. The conference report dedicates $500,000 for math tutoring for
students. The bill funds a Minnesota Math Corps program run by ServeMinnesota AmeriCorps
to provide mathematics instructional support to elementary and middle school students and their
teachers to meet state academic math standards. (HF 1003 Morgan)

Adult Diploma and Taskforce. The conference report proposes that the Commissioner provide
a standard high school diploma for qualifying adults that is equal to standard diplomas in the
eyes of employers and postsecondary institutions. The bill also creates a task force to provide
recommendations on programming that would lead to a standard adult high school diploma. (HF
477 Davnie)

Adult Basic Education Funding. The bill increases the growth factor for adult basic education
funding from 2% to 2.5% in FY 2015, an increase of $200,000 in funding. (HF 808 Bernardy)
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Increase of Compulsory Attendance Age from 16 to 17. Increases compulsory attendance
age from 16 to 17, and makes corresponding changes in assessment reporting and truancy.
This Senate provision costs $77,000. (SF 160 Wiger)

Civics Education Grants. The CCR appropriates $250,000 for grants to provide civics
education programs.


Antibullying. The CCR provides $1 million to MDE to assist school districts with implementing
antibullying policies. While there is no language included on the School Climate Center and
Council associated with the Safe and Supportive Schools Act (HF 826 Davnie) that was carried
in HF 630, the expectation is that it will be added to the final language if and when the Senate
companion to HF 826 passes out of that body.

Safe School Levy. The CCR increases the options schools have to create safe environments
for students by increasing the levy by $4 per pupil and expanding levy uses to enhance facility
security, including laminated glass and equipment and facility modifications related to security
and violence reduction; promote efforts to improve school climate; and cover costs of hiring
mental health professionals who aren’t district employees. Senate shows drastic cuts to the levy
in the above grid because the Senate bill rolled it into the general education formula. (HF 1299
Schoen; HF 356 Newton)

School Lunch Aid Increase. The bill increases the school aid for each school lunch from 12
cents to 12.5 cents. This will result in a $1 million increase over the biennium. (HF 448

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors. Schools and districts may maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-
injectors and administer them. The school or district can contract with manufacturers of the
auto-injectors for supply and the bill allows third parties to pay for the costs. The bill also allows
school personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to students or others, with or
without prescriptions, who the person administering the shot believes is experiencing
anaphylaxis. The bill provides immunity from liability for schools, districts and persons involved
in developing protocols, providing prescriptions, and administering auto-injectors. (HF 688

Mental Health Education. The bill encourages school districts and charter schools to provide
mental health instruction in grades 6 to 12. Additionally, the Regional Centers of Excellence
must collaborate with children’s mental health providers. (HF 355 Bly)


Teacher Licensing. Effective upon enactment, the CCR allows the Board of Teaching to issue
up to two additional temporary, one-year teaching licenses to all qualified teacher candidates
who have not passed the reading, mathematics, and writing skills exam, regardless of how
many temporary licenses they have received up to that point. The CCR also creates a teacher
licensure advisory task force to provide recommendations, by February 1, 2014, to the
legislature and the Board on how candidates can demonstrate mastery of basic skills and
alternative licensure pathways for nonnative English speakers seeking to teach in a language
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immersion program. The Board is directed to implement the recommendations by January 1,
2015. (HF 1257 Yarusso)

Change to NCLB Waiver Teacher Evaluation Value-Added Component. The CCR maintains
the full implementation of the teacher evaluation system required under the NCLB waiver in FY
2015 and amends the value-added evaluation component to a more workable format of student
growth based on assessments aligned with state and local academic standards. The Senate
proposed to delay the FY 2015 full implementation until FY 2016, which would have been

Teacher Evaluation Pilot Grant Program. The CCR provides one-time funding of $1,443
million in FY 2014 to implement the teacher evaluation pilot grant program phase required under
the NCLB waiver. $750,000 of that goes to MDE for administration of the program.

Staff Development Revenue for Teacher Evaluations. The conference report expands the
allowable uses of the 2% of the basic set-aside for staff development to paying for teacher
evaluations. Last session, the GOP Legislature passed an unfunded mandate for teacher

Termination of Coaching Contracts. This prohibits school boards from terminating a coach’s
contract purely on the basis of parental complaints. (HF 984 Urdahl).

Collaborative Urban Educator. The CCR provides $500,000 in new money for teacher
education programs recruiting minority candidates. In addition to funding the existing programs
at Concordia University, St. Paul; University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University, it also
includes new funding for East African teacher educator programming at Augsburg College. (HF
973 Davnie)

School Counselors. Senate provision directing school counselors to assist students in meeting
requirements for high school graduation, career and college exploration, and successful
postsecondary transition.

                                    SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education Funding. The CCR provides $40 million in funding for special education
over the biennium.

Restrictive Procedures. The bill adds language to reduce the use of restrictive procedures and
eliminate prone restraints in special education settings. This includes updates to definitions,
guidance and training on use of restrictive procedures, and review when they are employed.
The bill extends the use of prone restraints until 2015. (HF 771 Davnie)

Case Loads Task Force. The bill creates a task force to recommend the maximum number of
students with disabilities who can be assigned to a teacher both with and without
paraprofessional support in the classroom. Removed a Grunhagen amendment. Requires the
task force to identify state rules that should be aligned with state statute. The task force will
consist of ten members from school districts and advocacy organizations, including parents of
children with disabilities. Its recommendations are due by February 15, 2014. (HF 1383 Newton)

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