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Legislative Agenda
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MPS 2022 Legislative Agenda

MPS 2022 Legislative Agenda

I. Close Funding Gaps in Key Areas

  • Ensure the state fully funds the state portion of special education
  • Close the funding gap for English Learner services
  • Use prior year free-reduced priced meal counts to compute compensatory revenue

II.  Address Issues Exacerbated by the Pandemic

  • Update how the state measures school-level poverty data
  • Increase state investments in the recruitment and retention of Teachers of Color and American Indian teachers
  • Expand funding for school-linked mental health grants
  • Ensure access to safe and affordable housing for students and families

III. Update Special Education Policies

  • Create special education tuition billing working group to make recommendations to the 2023 Legislature to address misalignment between who pays and who determines costs
  • Address the rapidly rising cost of special education tuition billing due to some schools’ ability to bill back 100% of their costs
  • Transfer district of residence to the serving district after one year for students who open enroll and are placed in cooperative programs

IV. Promote Stable, Healthy Engaged Families

  • Support increases in state funding for Full Service Community Schools
  • Fully fund the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and align it with Pathway I Scholarships
  • Align any new federal funding for early education with state funding to ensure more students are ready for kindergarten

V.   Enhance Local Control

  • Give districts the flexibility to use distance learning on election days
  • Allow districts to renew operating and capital projects levies with a vote of the board
  • Provide flexibility to allow cities, counties, school districts and higher education institutions to more efficiently work together

VI.  Ensure a High Quality Education for Each and Every Student

  • Work with stakeholders to update proposed changes to State Constitution’s education clause to address concerns related to funding, assessment and private school vouchers