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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 2020 Legislative session begins on February 11, 2020 and concludes May 18, 2020.  Even-year sessions are typically focused on capital bonding projects and policy changes although past even-year sessions have resulted in supplemental finance bills.  Odd-year sessions are budget sessions that pass two-year budgets.  MPS will continue to advocate for fair funding and state education policies that benefit our students and families.  On January 14, the Minneapolis Board of Education adopted the district's 2020 Legislative Priorities.

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