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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 to get involved.

The 2019 Legislative session will set the state's next two-year budget from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.  Education funding comprises approximately 40% of the state's general fund budget but school funding has not kept pace with inflation.  Minneapolis Public Schools is advocating for changes to special education funding, increases in general education aids, supports for students and families such as mental health supports, stable affordable housing and full service community schools.  The full 2019 MPS Legislative Agenda may be found here.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Government Affairs Josh Downham at