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- Minnesota, whose legislature convened Jan. 8, is one of a few states who elected a former educator governor. Democrat Tim Walz, who spent 20 years in the classroom, emphasized universal pre-K, stronger recruitment efforts for educators of color and eliminating vouchers in his platform, so it’s likely that at least some of these issues will surface during the 2019 legislative session.
- House leaders already unveiled a few bills, which propose expanding early-childhood education access, teacher recruitment and rural broadband access. There’s also talks of getting more funding for education, but this may prove to be a challenge, as many Republican lawmakers say there’s not enough proof to justify an increase.
- Meanwhile, one bill filed in the Senate would require the Minnesota Department of Education to put together a curriculum model that helps students learn to write in cursive by the time they finish 5th grade.
- Lawmakers will likely talk about special education, which they say doesn’t get enough state and federal funding, forcing districts to come up with the rest of the costs. It may also face discussions or proposals surrounding mental health, school safety and teacher licensing, which some say needs to be more robust. In the opposite vein, some advocates are pushing for the state to lessen paperwork requirements for special education teachers, which are said to deter people from filling these positions.