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Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the Minneapolis Public Schools before:

  • The Minnesota Legislature;
  • The Executive branch, from the Governor's office to Executive agencies; and
  • Minnesota's Congressional delegation.

Our goal: Secure the public policy reforms and resources needed to ensure that all students learn.

Get Involved: The MPS Parent Legislative Action Committee is open to all parents and community members.  Email Josh Downham or fill out this three question form to get involved.

The State Legislature will convene on January 31, 2022 and will conclude their work on May 23, 2022. With a projected budget surplus of $7.7 billion and unspent federal America Rescue Plan funding of $1.1 billion, lawmakers have an opportunity to address the chronic underfunding of public education. The Minneapolis Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2022 legislative agenda that will guide our work at the Capitol.

Minneapolis 2022 Legislative Agenda

We also need your help. Please consider signing up for the Parent Legislative Action Committee. You will receive updates and calls-to-action with detailed, specific requests to reach out to Governor Walz and local legislators.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Government Affairs Josh Downham at josh.downham@mpls.k12.mn.us