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House Education Finance Division 3/26/19

September 11, 2019


>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. I LIKE TO BRING THE TUESDAY; MARCH 26 MEETING OF THE EDUCATION FINANCE MIDI TO ORDER. A LITTLE ORIENTATION FOR THE WEEK. FOR MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC; WE’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING IT. BUT THAT WILL REQUIRE A COUPLE THINGS. WE HAVE GOT TIME LIMITS FOR TARGETS FOR ALL THE BILLS. I BELIEVE THOSE ARE IN THE PUBLIC AGENDA. SO ASK EVERYONE OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE OTHER BILL AUTHORS; THE OTHER BILLS; THE OTHER ADVOCATES WHO ARE HERE; TO PLEASE; STATE TO THOSE TI ME LIMITS TO ALLOW US TO CONSIDER ALL OF THE REQUEST FOR THE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE ISSUES BEFORE OUR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS. IT WILL ALSO MEAN A COUPLE OF EVENING MEETINGS COULD WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING THIS WEEK IF I RECOGNIZE FOR MEMBERS THIS IS NOT THE ONLY COMMITTEE THAT WILL BE MEETIN G THESE EVENINGS. I KNOW I WILL HAVE A COUPLE OF TIMES WH ERE I WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THE COMMITTEE TO PRESENT BILLS AND OTHER SETTINGS. SO ASK MEMBERS TO LET US KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. I DON’T ANTICIPATE MANY VOTES AT THIS POINT BUT IT’S NICE TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN CASE WE NEED TO BRING YOU BACK OR IN CASE YOU’RE ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF THE BILL BEFORE THE COMMITTEE AND WE WANT TO GET YOU HERE SO THE COMMITTEE CAN KEEP MOVING ALONG QUICKLY. I THINK THAT’S IT. ALL RIGHT. WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEK EVERYONE. REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON IS THE ERICKSON THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO SHARE SO ME INFORMATION WITH YOU AND THE COMMITTEE IN REGARDS TO REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA IS FREQUENT ABSENCES THE SESSION. HE HAS DEALT WITH A MOTHER AND FATHER WHO HAVE HAD A CRUSHING BLOW TO THEM IN THAT ONE OF THEIR DAUGHTERS RE PRESENTATIVE KRESHA’S SISTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL CANCER AND WHEN YOU HAVE PARENTS AND THEY’RE LOSING A CHILD THAT BECOMES IT CAN BECOME A TRAUMATIC FOR THEM. SO HE HAS HAD MANY VISITS TO THEM TO COMFORT THEM;; TWO OF THEM VISIT THE DYING DR. PITT REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA’S SISTER AND SHE DID DIE THURSDAY EVENING. SO HERE’S GONE FOR FROM US FOR A FEW DAYS TO PAY HIS RESPECTS TO HER AND THE FAMILY AND HOPES TO RETURN THURSDAY NIGHT OR FRIDAY. SO I JUST WANT TO THE COMMITTEE TO KNOW WE NEED TO THINK OF HIM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS HE GOES TO THEM.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON; THANKS FOR THAT. THANK YOU FOR SHARIN G IT WITH THE COMMUNITY HERE KNOWS THAT. I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGO BEING WITH BY RANDOM CHANCE BEEN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER THE DAY WE LEARNED THAT ONE OF MY AUNTS; ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS DIED AND ALTHOUGH MY GRANDMOTHER WAS QUITE ELDERLY AT THE TIME AND HER DAUGHTER HAVE LIVED A DECENT AGE IT WAS STILL A SIGNIFICANT LOW WHAT KIND OF THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS IS VIOLATED. SO I WILL EXTEND MY OWN CONDOLENCES TO REPRESENTATIVE KRESHA AND HIS FAMILY AND I’M SURE THE COMMITTEE DOES HOLD THEM IN THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS WELL. SO THANKS FOR SHARING THAT. WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN YOU ARE UP FIRST. YOU WANT US TO DO LIMITS? WOULD YOU BE SO GOOD AS TO MOVE THE MINUTES REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN.>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I WOULD LOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM; LET’S SEE; WHEN WAS THAT DAY? MARCH 21.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MARCH 21 EXCELLENT. ANY DISCUSSION TO THE KUNESH-PODEIN MOTION? HEARING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN MOVES THE MARCH 21 MINUTES. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED? THE MOTION PREVAILS.>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DAVNIE:ALRIGHT REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE A 24 TO BEFORE THE COMMITTEE FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A DIVISION REPORT?>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: I DO; THANK YOU MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR AMENDMENT IS THAT THE A -19>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: I BELIEVE IT IS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: OKAY WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN WAS THE A- 19 -022 300 ANY DISCUSSION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED? THE MOTION PREVAILS.>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN TO YOUR BILL AS AMENDED>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN:’S THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I’M PLEASED TO SHARE THIS INCREASE TEACHERS OF COLOR ACT HOUSE FILE A 24 WITH YOU. I’M ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR THE STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT THIS BILL HAS RECEIVED INCLUDING THOSE MEMBERS HERE THAT HAVE SIGNED ON AS CO-AUTHORS. SO A FUN FACT ABOUT HOUSE FILE A 24. IT IS AMONG THE TOP TWO BILLS REFERRED TO THIS COMMITTEE IN TERMS OF TOTAL NUMBER OF AUTHORS AND THE DEGREE OF IT BIPARTISANSHIP. SO WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF THE HARD WORK THAT SOME OF THESE FOLKS HAVE DONE ON THIS. I’M ALSO GRATEFUL FOR THE CONSENSUS OF SUPPORT FOR THIS CONFERENCE OF BUILT WITH NEARLY 50 VERY DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS WITH DIFFERING VIEWS ON LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATION. THEY ARE ALL LISTED AS ENDORSED ; ENDORSERS OF THE BILL AND ON THE BACK OF THE SHEET RIGHT HERE. YOU WILL SEE A LIST OF THEM. THEY ARE PROVIDED A LOT OF SUPPORT TO THE COALITION TO INCREASE TEACHERS OF COLOR AS WELL. SO COLLEAGUES; UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH PARTIES OUR STATE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR OVER MORE THAN TWO DECADES TO ADDRESS THE PERSISTENT ACHIEVEMENT GAP AND THE SEVERE SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR. UP TO NOW OUR STATE HAS ONLY FUNDED RELATIVELY FEW BUT VER Y GOOD PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND SMALL PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR TEACHERS OF COLOR WHILE EXPECTING REALLY SERIOUS SYSTEMI C RESULTS. IN METAPHORICAL TERMS; THE RELATIVE CRUMBS APPROPRIATED IN EACH OF THE PAST 20 YEARS HAVE NOT FED MINNESOTA’S CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN STARVING FOR TEACHERS REFLECT THEIR OWN DIVERSITY. THE RESEARCH IS CLEAR THAT WHEN TEACHERS OF COLOR ARE IN THE CLASSROOM WE NARROW THE ACHIEVEMENT AND THE DISCIPLINE GAPS IN OUR STUDENTS BENEFIT. BUT THESE GAPS REMAIN WIDE IN MINNESOTA IN PART BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SYSTEMATICALLY ADDRESSED THE INCREASING OPPORTUNITY GAPS FOR ALL STUDENTS LACK EQUITABLE ACCESS TO DIVERSE TEACHERS. THIS COMPREHENSIVE CAREFULLY CRAFTED BILL OF INTERCONNECTED PROGRAMS BEGINS WITH SCHOLARSHIPSCOULD IT INCLUDES GRANTS TO EASE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF STUDENT TEACHING AND TO INCLUDE THE SUPPORT OF MENTORSHIP AND EFFORTS TO RETAIN OUR TEACHERS OF COLOR AND INDIGENOUS TEACHERS.THIS BILL IS A HISTORIC SERIOUS INVESTMENT BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR STATE AND IN THE COUNTRY THERE’S A PROPOSED PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR SYSTEMS CHANGE THAT WOULD FINALLY MOVE THE NEEDLE AND START INCREASING THE PERCENTAGE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR AND INDIGENOUS TEACHERS ABOVE JUST 4%. THE DOZEN APPROPRIATIONS IN THIS BILL OR NOT AN INFLATED WISH LIST OR A MENU FROM WHICH TO PICK AND CHOOSE FROM. THEY ARE THE MINIMUM INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED IF WE WANT TO HAVE AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS. SO IN YOUR PURPLE FOLDER YOU WILL FIND A TWO SHEET; TWO-SIDED SHEET THAT COMPARES THE DETAILS AND IT’S THIS ONE. ABOUT THE PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN THE IMPACT OF THIS BILL WITH THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AND CURRENT SPENDING. AT THIS TIME WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE MICROPHONE OVER TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS SO YOU CAN HEAR FROM THEM.. YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM FROM THE ETHNIC COUNCILS AND THEN FROM STUDENTS; TEACHER CANDIDATES; AND TEACHERS AND CELLS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. GIVEN THE TIME LIMITS FOR THE BILL WERE COMMUNICATED TO THE AUTHOR PREVIOUSLY; AND THE NUMBER OF TESTIFIERS EACH TESTIFIER WILL HAVE ABOUT TWO MINUTES. WHO IS UP FIRST? PLEASE PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING CHAIR AND MEMBERS FOR MY NAME IS MELANIETHANKS MINNESOTA INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL.>>MY NAME IS JASMINE KERRY FOR MINNESOTANS OF AMERICAN HERITAGE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: IF PEOPLE CAN WORK ONE AT A TIME. SO INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PERSON I THINK IT BE CLEAR FOR THE DAY.>>TESTIFIER: OKAY. MELANIE THANKS WITH INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF STATE AGENCIES WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO ADVISE IN A FORM ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT OU R CONSTITUENTS COMMUNITIES AND THEIR NEEDS. STUDENTS FROM OUR COMMUNITIES CURRENTLY REPRESENT 34% OF ALL STUDENTS IN MINNESOTA WHICH IS AN INCREASE FROM 24% JUST A DEC ADE AGO. MEANWHILE; THE PERCENTAGE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR IN AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS IN THE STATE HAS REMAINED AT A STAGNANT 4% OVER THAT TIM SAME DECADE AND THE SHORTAGE IS WHEN THE MAIN REASONS WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE SUM AND THE NATIONS WORSE ACHIEVEMENT GAPS THAT WE THINK YOU FOR HEARING THIS IMPORTANT BILL THAT WILL HELP NARROW THESE GAPS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING CHAIR MEMBERS. MY NAME IS JASMINE KERRY FROM THE SOUTHWEST COUNCIL OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS [INAUDIBLE] AMENDED FEDERAL STOP THE ASSERTING AUSTIN’S SHOP IMPROVED AN EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EFFECTIVE AND DIVERSE TEACHERS. TO REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF STUDENTS IN THEIR SCHOOLS. FOR REFERENCE THERE’S A HANDOUT IN YOUR PACKET WHICH WILL REPRESENT THE STUDENTS OF COL OR AND AMERICAN INDIANS IN EVERY SCHOOL DISPUTE THAT NUMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE REPRESENTED TO FURTHER HIGHLIGHT THE SEVERE SHORTAGE STATEWIDE; PLEASE CONSIDER IF ALL STUDENTS AT EQUITABLE ACCESS FOR DIVERSE TEACHERS NOW; MINNESOTA WOULD HAVE18;506 MORE TEACHERS OF COLOR IN AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS THAN THE 2745 WHO ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING FULL-TIME.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS KATIE [INAUDIBLE] COUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS. ADDRESSING THE SHORTAGE OF THE TOP PRIORITY IN EDUCATION FOR OUR FOUR COUNCILS OVER THE PAST BIENNIUM IN THE CURRENT SESSION. A CONFERENCE OF POLIC Y PROPOSAL AND STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN HOUSE FILE A 24 WERE TRACKED REPAIR AND RETAIN SIGNIFICANT FOR DIVERSE TEACHERS AND FINALLY START INCREASING THE PERCENTAGE IN THE STATE. RECENTLY THE EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE TOOK A STORK ACTION INCLUDED ALL PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO EXIST IN SUCH AS IN THE OMNIBUS BILLS HOUSE FILE 1711. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU ALSO FULLY SUPPORT FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN YOUR DIVISION REPORT ALL 12 OF THE INTERCONNECTED OPPOSE INVESTMENTS FOR FURTHER STRENGTHENING EXISTING PROGRAMS AND ESTABLISHING IMPORTANT NEW PROGRAMS IN THIS HISTORIC BILL. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS; FOR THE RECORD MY NAME IS [INAUDIBLE] AND I REPRESENT MINNESOTA COUNCIL AND LATINO AFFAIRS. CHAIR AND MEMBERS; PLEASE NOTE THIS CAREFULLY CRAFTED BILL IS BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM HUNDREDS OF EDUCATORS AND OTHERS FOR MY COMMUNITIES OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. IT IS ALSO THE RESULT OF SEVERAL DRAFTS BEEN VETTED OVER SEVERAL MONTHS BY OUR COUNSEL AND A WIDE VARIETY OF EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAS RESULTED IN CONSENSUS AND NEARLY 50 ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS. THEREFORE; WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE; CONTINUE TO CONSULT WITH OUR COUNSEL AND THE COALITION TO MAKE TEACHERS OF COLOR IN AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS OF MINNESOTA ARE IN THE VARMINT OF YOUR DIVISION REPORT AND FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS. WE CAN HELP YOU ENSURE THAT INVESTMENT DECISIONS WILL HAVE THE MOST IMPACT TO ADDRESS THE SEVERE AND PERSISTENT SHORTAGE OF RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE TEACHERS THAT ARE STUDENTS NEED. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND YOUR TIME.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. BY MY LIST; NEXT UP WOULD BE AND SHERRY JOHN. GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS CHAIR AND MEMBERS GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS I’M A SENIOR AT TECHNOLOG Y MATTING SCHOOL IN ST. PAUL AND WASHINGTON WE OFFER DUAL CREDITS AND CURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS T O THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND ST. PAUL COLLEGE. I’VE TAKEN SEVERAL OF THESE COURSES AND WILL BE GRADUATING WITH 20 COLLEGE CREDITS FROM THE UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA. ONE CLASS WAS CALLED EXPLAIN THE TEACHER PROFESSION. IN THIS CLASS WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT TOPICS. WE TALKED ABOUT STUDENT MOTIVATION; HAVE A PURPOSE OF [INAUDIBLE] HAVE CHANGED OVER TIME HOW TO WORK A CHALLENGING STUDENTS BY TEACHERS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IN THE SERVICE LEARNING PORTION BECAUSE I WORKED IN THE EIGHTH GRADE ALGEBRA SUPPORT CLASS. I SAID TO THE TEACHER OBSERVED IN THE CLASSROOM AND WORKED ON ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE EIGHTH GRADERS. I WAS WORRIED AT FIRST BECAUSE I HONESTLY DO NOT THINK I COULD HANDLE EIGHTH GRADERS BUT OF COURSE I WORRIED FOR NOTHING. THE EIGHTH GRADERS [INAUDIBLE] LOUD AND ENERGETIC OUR GOODS TO AND THEY RESPECT ME AS AN OLDER THEM AND ASK HER TO DO THEY PAY ATTENTION WHEN I WAS TUTORING THEM EVEN IF THEY GOT DISTRACTED HERE AND THERE. I’M GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL THAT I THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS CLASS THIS CLASS HAS GIVEN ME THE ABILITY TO [INAUDIBLE] I’VE CERTAINLY GROWN A LOT NOT JUST AS A STUDENT BUT ALSO AS A YOUNG ASPIRING TEACHER. I’VE SEEN THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING STUDENTS LEARN AND GROW. I STARTED THIS CLASS WANTING TO GET COLLEGE CREDIT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS.. BECAUSE OF MY EXPENSES I’VE REALIZED I WANT TO BECOME A TEACHER. MY DREAM IS TO BE A MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER FOR THE ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TAKING THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND I HOPE MORE STUDENTS IN ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS A ND THE WHOLE STATE WHAT OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS IF THERE’S FUNDING FOR THEM BUT I ALSO HOPE TO FULLY FUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR [INAUDIBLE] TOLD ME AND OTHER TEACHERS OF COLOR IN OUR DEGREE . THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS CAN I GET MY NAME IS MUSSO STUDENT WASHINGTON I WANT TO START BY SAYING I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITIES THAT [INAUDIBLE] SCHOOLS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO ME. I WILL BE GRADUATING FROM WASHINGTON WITH 14 CREDITS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND FOUR CREDITS FROM ST. PAUL COLLEGE. THIS FALL I ALSO TOOK THE TEACHER PROFESSION COURSE BECAUSE I WAS CONSIDERING BEING A TEACHER. WE DISCUSSED IN CLASS CURRENT ISSUES FACING EDUCATION TODAY INCLUDING EQUITY . I REALIZE THAT AT SCHOOL [INAUDIBLE] TO BLEND IN AND BE WHO MY TEACHERS WANT ME TO BE. ANOT HER EXPENSE I GOT FROM THIS CLASS WAS TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR MY JOB EXPENSE. I DID MY SERVICE LEARNING AND SECOND GRADE CLASSROOM WHERE 97% OF THE STUDENTS ARE HMONG. GROWING UP I ALWAYS BELONG TO TEACHERS THAT LOOK LIKE ME. FIRST THEY MIGHT FEEL EXPENSE IS AUTOMATICALLY ABLE TO BOND AND BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH MY STUDENTS BECAUSE LIKE THEM; I AM HMONG. THE SHELBY THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A TEACHER THAT LOOKS LIKE YOU. ANOTHER EXPERIENCE WAS THAT I REALIZE HOW BADLY ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE NEED DIVERSE TEACHERS LIKE ME. I’VEREMEMBER HAVING TROUBLE CONNECTING WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK IN INMATE ELEMENTARY MOST OF MY MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS BY TEACHERS HAVE BEEN WHITE. I NOTICED THE LACK OF TEACHERS WHO LOOK LIKE ME ; THINK LIKE ME AND [INAUDIBLE] I DON’T HAVE ANY TEACHERS I CAN [INAUDIBLE] ON A CULTURAL LEVEL. I THINK ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ALL OTHER DISTRICTS ARE ABLE TO RECRUIT MORE TEACHERS OF COLOR THIS WILL BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO STUDENTS COULD PLEASE; FULLY FUND ALL THE PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL. AS A RESULT OF TAKING THIS EXPLANATION COURSE I’VE DETERMINED I WANT TO BE A TEACHER SO I CAN IMPACT STUDENTS LIVES. MY DREAM IS TO BECOME AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER IN ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND LIVE AND WORK IN THE COMMUNITY.. THAT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO ME. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. LIVINGSTON; YOU ARE UP NEXT AND THEN WE HAVE GOT MR. ON DECK.OPENING DAY FOR THE TWINS IS THURSDAY; HOMEOWNER. YOU GOT IT. MS. LIVINGSTON. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE STATE NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEE D.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; AND MEMBERS MY NAME IS PATRICIA LIVINGSTON. I AM 33 YEARS OLD AND I’M CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE URBAN TEACHER PROGRAM AT METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY. IT IS THE MOST DIVERSE TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM AND MOST AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITY IN THE STATE. IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN WILL BE DOING MY STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SPRING OF 2020. IT HAS BEEN A BUMPY RIDE TO BE W ERE MET TODAY. I DID NOT ATTEND COLLEGE RIGHT AFTER I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. I MADE CHOICES THAT BROUGHT ME IN A DIFFERENT PATH BUT WHEN I FINALLY FOUND MY WAY TO COLLEGE WHEN I LOOKED AT THE OPTIONS THAT I COULD MAJOR IN I KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT I WANT TO BE A TEACHER. I DO NOT HAVE THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES IN SCHOOL WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT THERE WERE VERY SPECIFIC TEACHERS THAT HAD A STRONG AND POSITIVE IMPACT ON MY EXPERIENCE AND I REALLY WANT TO BE THAT FOR SOMEONE ELSE. ALSO; THE MORAL SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY.. THEY ARE UNFORTUNATELY UNABLE TO SUPPORT ME FINANCIALLY. WHILE I’M IN SCHOOL. I’VE HAD TO TRY AND PAY FOR IT ALL MYSELF.. THE STRUGGLE OF BALANCING SCHOOL AND WORK HAS BEEN VERY STRESSFUL FOR ME. WITH THE SCHOOL BE MY PRIORITY I’VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WORK ENOUGH TO SUPPORT MYSELF THROUGH COLLEGE AND LIVING EXPENSES WITHOUT LOAN BECAUSE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SMALL. CURRENTLY; I’VE $60;000 IN DEBT AND JUST LAST FALL I RAN OUT OF FINANCIAL AID. WHAT MY FAMILY HAS THOUGHT TO BE ABLE TO PAY WHICH IN REALITY IS NOTHING; HAS DISQUALIFY ME FROM EVER RECEIVING A PELL GRANTS. MY SCHOOLWORK HAS SUFFERED GREATLY BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL STRESS I’M IN RIGHT NOW. I’M STARTING TO LOSE FAITH IN MYSELF; WHICH BREAKS MY HEART. THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA NEEDS MORE TEACHERS OF COLOR AND AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS. MANY HOPEFUL TEACHERS OF COLOR DO NOT COME FROM SITUATIONS THAT ALLOW THEM TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURE DURING SCHOOL AND ESPECIALLY DURING THEIR STUDENT TEACHING. WHILE THIS BILL WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT ME I WOULD ALSO LIKE YOU TO THINK OF THE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM IT; TOO. BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT ONLY HELP JUST ME. IT WOULD HELP MANY OTHERS. PLEASE; GIVE YOUR FULL SUPPORT TO THIS BILL TO HELP PEOPLE OF COLOR AND AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS BECOME THE QUALITY TEACHERS THAT ARE SO NEEDED IN THE EDUCATION FIELD OF OUR GREAT STATE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH MS. LIVINGSTON AND MR. .>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING CHAIR AND MEMBERS. MY NAME IS I AM IN GLAD TO SAY WILL SOON BE A LICENSED ESL TEACHER AND I’M HERE TODAY IS A TEACHER CANDIDATE IN OXFORD UNIVERSITY [INAUDIBLE] PROGRAM FUNDED BY [INAUDIBLE] I SPEAK FOUR LANGUAGES AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THREE MORE. I KNOW THE VALUE OF HAVING [INAUDIBLE] IN OUR COMMUNITY. I HAVE WORKED IN MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR OVER A DECADE AS AN EDUCATOR I HAVE FORM STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR SUCCESS IN SCHOOL. IN SPITE OF THE BEST INTENTIONS OF THE TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOL WERE MOSTLY WHITE AND ONLY KNOW ONE LANGUAGE; I BELIEVE THAT STUDENTS OF COLOR AND MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT FROM HAVING TEACHERS THAT LOOK LIKE ME. I FEEL GRATEFUL TO BE [INAUDIBLE] AND I KNOW MY [INAUDIBLE] ALSO APPRECIATE THE SCHOLARSHIP AND OTHER SUPPORT PROVIDED. WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND THE SUPPORT OF THE STAFF AND FACULTY OF MY PEERS I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO BECOME A TEACHER AND I MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL AS I’VE BEEN COMPLETING MY LICENSURE PROGRAM. AS A NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS RECEIVING GRANTS FROM THE [INAUDIBLE] I N GREATER MINNESOTA HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS BUT THE STATE FUNDING HAS REMAINED THE SAME. THERE’S A BIG NEED FOR MORE FUNDING OF THIS GRANT PROGRAM. I KNOW THERE’S OTHER STUDENTS [INAUDIBLE] AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS COULD ALSO BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM IF THERE WAS MORE MONEY AVAILABLE FOR THE PROGRAM. I’M ALSO EXCITED TO KNOW THA T [INAUDIBLE] SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS FOR TEACHER CANDIDATES.. 7500 [INAUDIBLE] FOR TEACHER CANDIDATES OF COLOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING IN THIS COMMITTEE AS A LICENSED TEACHER FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. I ASK FOR YOUR FULL SUPPORT OF THE WHOLE 29 [INAUDIBLE] TEACHERS OF COLOR ACT INCLUDING SIGNIFICANT MORE MONEY FOR THE GREATER URBAN MINNESOTA [INAUDIBLE] THE THESE PROGRAMS AT AUGSBURG UNIVERSITIES MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN MY COMMUNITY AND THE PROGRAM AT THE OTHER UNIVERSES ALSO DOING THE SAME. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. I TRUST YOUR MS. JEFFREY? VERY GOOD. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE DO YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. ON DECK I’M GOING TO GET THIS WRONG; JIM NICOLETTE. SO IF YOU ARE IN THE ROOM COME DOWN AND AFTER THAT MS. . I PROBABLY GOT THAT WRONG; TOO. MS. ACREE; WELCOME.>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR MEMBERS. HELLO. MY NAME IS CARROWS THE ACREE. FROM AN EQUITY SPECIALIST FOR ROBBINSVILLE AREA SCHOOLS AND ELEMENTARY TEACHER CANDIDATES IN UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA GROW YO UR OWN TEACHER PROGRAM. I’M HERE TO SPEAK TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE INCREASE TEACHERS OF COLOR ZACH. I’VE KNOWN SINCE IT WAS A LITTLE GIRL I WANT TO BE A TEACHER. I REMEMBER PLAYING TEACHER FOR MY STUFFED ANIMALS IN MY BEDROOM TEACHER MY LITTLE COUSINS TO READ AS WE WERE GROWING UP. MOREOVER ALL THE IMPORTANT WOME N IN MY LIFE FOR TEACHERS TO SOME DEGREE. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER WITH MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR SEVERAL DECADES. MY MOTHER WAS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER AND SOCIAL WORKER. MY OTHER EDUCATORS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS IN MINNESOTA NORTH CAROLINA TEXAS AND ARKANSAS THE PASSION FOR TEACHING IS INGRAINED IN MY DNA. HOWEVER; I FACED MANY BARRIERS IN MY GOAL OF BECOMING A TEACHER. ONE; EVEN IF ALL THE STARS [INAUDIBLE] OTHER PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH OTHERS THAT LOOK LIKE ME IN MY FIELD. AS A SINGLE MOTHER I CANNOT AFFORD TO COMPLETE THE REQUIRED UNPAID STUDENT TEACHING AND EVEN THOUGH I WORK IN A SCHOOL IN A DIFFICULT TO SCHEDULE AND COMPLETE TECHNICAL HOURS TO DRAW THE CIRCUMSTANCES I DISCONTINUED MY FIRST GRADUATE PROGRAM TO OBTAIN INITIAL TEACHER LICENSURE. IT WASN’T UNTIL AN EQUITY SPECIALIST AND BEGIN TO ANALYZE THE ROOT CAUSES OF THE MAIN [INAUDIBLE] STUDENT EDUCATION OPERATIVES I REALIZED I NEEDED TO GO BACK. EVERY DAY I SAW STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THAT YEARN FO R UNDERSTANDING REPRESENTATION IN THE SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND IN THE CURRICULUM FROM OTHER FOLKS THAT LOOK LIKE THEM. I WAS [INAUDIBLE] OPPORTUNITY BECOME PART OF A COHORT PROGRAM THAT WOULD COME FROM GRANT PROGRAM FROM [INAUDIBLE] OTHER FUNDS FROM THE UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA. I HAD TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY. THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAINTAIN MY CURRENT POSITION AND FURTHER MY CAREER IN EDUCATION HAS BECOME INVALUABLE FOR NOT ONLY MYSELF AND MY FAMILY BUT ALSO FOR THE FAMILIES OF MY STUDENTS AS WELL. BEING IN THIS PROGRAM SIMPLIFIES MY TRUE COMMITMENT TO EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND BE A PART OF THE CHANGE. I KNOW HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR WOULD ALSO BECOME A PART OF THE CHANGE THEY WERE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR LICENSURE THAT I HAD BEEN AFFORDED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND PLEASE APPROVE THE PROPOSED FUNDING IN THE WHOLE TEACHERS OF COLOR ACT TO HELP BOTH OPPORTUNITY CROPS AND MEET THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF COLOR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH MS. ACREE. MR. NICHOLAS.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU CHAIR DABNEY MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE MY NAME IS JIM PRINCIPAL AT SHAKOPEE EAST MIDDLE SCHOOL MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR LICENSING STANDARDS WORK AT MERE TODAY TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD IS GIVEN FULL SUPPORT TO HFP 24. IN JANUARY [INAUDIBLE] SPIDERMAN REPORT WOULD EXAMINE THE MAKEUP OF THE STATES TEACHER WORKFORCE THE REPORT FOUND NEARLY 1/3 OF MINNESOTA STUDENTS WERE OF COLOR NOT NONWHITE TEACHERS MAKE UP ONLY 4% OF THE STATE TEACHING WORKFORCE. THESE DISPARITIES ARE SIGNIFICANT THROUGHOUT GREATER MINNESOTA WERE PERCENTAGE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR TO NOT EVEN REACH 1% DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF NONWHITE STUDENTS EXCEEDS DOUBLE DIGITS. THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA HAS THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF TEACHERS OF COLOR ; 7%; FIREWALL SHORT OF THE 45% OF STUDENTS OF COLOR IN OUR METRO SCHOOLS. AS A PRINCIPAL I’VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE POSITIVE IMPACT RECRUITING EVERYTHING TEACHERS OF COLOR CAN HAVE ON THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. AS PRINCIPAL RICHARDSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH AND THE WEEDS OF THE PERSISTENCE OF COLOR TAUGHT BY 18 CLASSROOM TEACHERS ALL OF WHOM ARE WHITE . AFTER SIGNIFICANT WORK THIS WAS ABLE TO RECRUIT AND HIRE A MEMBER OF THE HMONG COMMUNITY. HOWEVER; EXPENSE IS THE ONLY TEACHER OF COLOR ON STAFF WAS VERY ISOLATED. FORTUNATELY; OTHE R HMONG TEACHERS ABOUT THE IMPACT THIS WOMAN WAS HAVING APPLIED FOR AND EVENTUALLY JOINED OUR TEAM.THIS GREATER NATURAL AFFINITY GROUP AND MORE SUPPORTIVE WELCOMING AND INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENT TO THE SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STAFF. THE BENEFITS OF DIVERSIFYING THE SCHOOL STAFF EXTEND WELL BEYOND TEACHER SUPPORT. WE NOTICED THAT STUDENTS HOMEWORK PRIDE IN OUR SCHOOL AND WERE MORE INTERESTED IN LEARNING. AS A POSITIVE CHANGES IN HOW PARENTS INTERACTING WITH SCHOOLTEACHERS ADMINISTRATION. IN SHORT; BEGIN BUILDING A STRONGER MORE POSITIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY. THIS PAST DECEMBER PELSB VOTED UNIVERSALLY TO SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE WE BE HELPING WILL DIVERSIFY THE TEACHER WORKFORCE AND IMPACT ON MINNESOTA STUDENTS OFMINNESOTA. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT RESEARCH SUGGESTS THIS BILL FOCUS ON X BEEN A TEACHER RECRUITMENT EFFORTS PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO CANDIDATES IN TEACHER PREPARATION AND DEVELOPING STRONGER TEACHER RETENTION PROGRAMS ARE STRATEGIES THAT WILL HELP BREAK DOWN BARRIERS OF TEACHERS OF COLOR’S HAVE FACED IN PURSUING THE PROFESSION OF MINNESOTA. I ALONG WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF PELSB STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’M GOING TO GET HER ON SOME JUST GOING TO SAY WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE WITH AND SAVE MS. IS NEXT AND AFTER THAT MS. . PLEASE;WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS AND AM CURRENTLY SERVE AS THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF THE BROUGHT AT HENLEY UNIVERSITY AND I’M HERE TO REPRESENT THE RECIPIENTS OF THE POSITI VE URBAN EDUCATION PROGRAM. SO THAT IS THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY AND HAMLIN UNIVERSITY MORE RECENT AUGSBURG AND YOU’VE JUST HEARD FROM OF THEIR CURRENT STUDENTS WHO IS JUST ABOUT THE LICENSE. YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF THIS BILL IS FUNDED AND I AM HERE TO SPEAK STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE A 24. MY JOB TODAY IS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE. SO INITIALLY THE THREE INSTITUTIONS; THE FOUNDING INSTITUTIONS AND MORE RECENTLY AUGSBURG; HAVE BEEN WORKING ON INCREASING THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS OF COLOR IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR 20 YEARS. BETWEEN OUR PROGRAMS WE HAVE PLACED ABOUT 1000 STUDENTS IN MINNESOTA SCHOOLS. IN THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT. WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT AND WE CONTINUE TO BE LEARNING FROM OUR WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS WITH WHOM WE WORK CLOSELY AND I WILL ONLY ENDORSE WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD FROM OTHERS TODAY WHICH IS THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT OUR FUTURE TEACHERS IN A MULTIFACETED FASHION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED THAT HAMLIN IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT WITHOUT THEM STUDENTS WOULD NEVER SUCCEED; BUT IT ALSO IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE MENTORSHIP; BOTH THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM BUT ALSO THROUGH THE FIRST FEW YEARS ON THE JOB. EVER SINCE WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED A PROGRAM THE RETENTION OF OUR TEACHERS OF COLOR IN THE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN 100%. OF COURSE; THE TEACHERS THAT WE PLACE IN THE SCHOOL ARE VERY HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER AND SO THEY HAVE NEARLY 100% RETENTION RATE AT HAMLIN THAT PLACEMENT RATE WAS 99.5% IS ONE OF OUR STUDENTS WENT ON MATERNITY LEAVE WHICH WE ARE OKAY WITH.>>>>[LAUGHING]>>TESTIFIER: FIRE AS I SAID; INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL THAT THIS WORK HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH OTHER PARTNERS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA IN BROADENING THIS WORK. I THINK MANY INSTITUTIONS SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE DOING THIS WORK IN THE FUTURE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO EXPANDING THE WORK THAT WE DO EITHER AND PILOTING ADDITIONAL MENTORSHIP SUPPORT PROGRAMS ARE WORKING WITH COHORTS OF ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR BECAUSE WE DON’T ONLY NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS BUT ALSO ADMINISTRATORS AND WE HAVE MANY OTHER IDEASWHI CH WE COULD IMPLEMENT IN THE FUTURE. WE OF COURSE HAVE SOME CONCERN ABOUT ALL THE PROGRAMS BEING COMPETITIVE BECAUSE WE THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR ANY PROGRAM THAT RECEIVES THIS FUNDING TO HAVE IT IN AN ONGOING FASHION SO STUDENTS CAN CONTINUE COUNTING ON FUTURE FINANCIAL SUPPORT BUT IN GENERAL WE WANT TO SAY THAT WE A RE WERE VERY PROUD OF THIS WORK AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO COLLABORATING WITH ANY AND ALL STAKEHOLDERS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU DEAN. MS. . WELCOME TO THE COMMITT EE>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS SABRINA AND I AM AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER IN THE SAVAGE SCHOOL DISPUTE ARE NOT ONLY A TEACHER OF COLOR BUT I ALSO SERVE AS A CULTURE RESPONSE OF COACH FOR MY DISTRICT AS WAS ACROSS THE STATE AND I’M HERE FOR YOU FULLY SUPPORT THE TEACHERS OF COLOR ACT INCLUDING THE NEW PROPOSED INCLUSIVE SCHOOL ACTOR FROM [INAUDIBLE] GRANT PROGRAM THAT THESE GRANTS WILL GRANT SCHO OLS AND DISTRICT LIKE MINE IMPLEMENTING THE CHANGE TO MAKE A SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND CLIMATE MORE INCLUSIVE AND RESPECTFUL FOR ALL STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. I ALSO ASK YOU FULLY SUPPORT THE MENTORING OF ATTENTION GRANT THAT ARE INCLUDED INCREASE THE FUNDING FOR TEACHERS BUT LOAN FORGIVENESS FROM OUR DISTRICT IS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE TERMS THERE’S VERY FEW TEACHERS OF COLOR WE HAVE COMPARED TO THE CURRENT STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC WHICH IS CHANGE RAPIDLY GENETICALLY 20% STUDENTS OF COLOR. MY ROLE AS A CULTUR AL RESPONSE OF COACH IS ALLOWED ME INTO SOME IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS AND DISTRICTS. WHEN I SAW THE WERE NO OTHER PERSONS OF COLOR BEING INCLUDED IN IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS REGARDING CURRICULUM AND MENTAL HEALTH I WAS CONCERNED AND TALK TO THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR ABOUT THIS AS WAS THE RETENTION RATE AND GENERAL MORALE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR. HE STATED TO ME; THAT HE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE DATA BEHIND RETENTION RATE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR BUT THERE IS NONE. HE SAID THAT THERE WERE SO FEW TEACHERS OF COLOR IN OUR DISTRICT HE CANNOT GIVE ME ANY CONCLUSIONS AS TO WHY DON’T THE TEACHERS [INAUDIBLE] OR TEACHERS WOULD WISH TO LEAVE. OUR STATE MUST BE MORE TO ACT SUPPORT AND RETAINED PEOPLE OF COLOR IN TEACHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR STUDENTS. TEACHING IS ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING BUT CHALLENGING JOBS IN THE WORLD COULD SOMEBODY HAS TO BE TENACIOUS ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE [INAUDIBLE] WITH A LIKELIHOOD OF LOW SALAD. THEY ALSO HAVE TO FIND AND NAVIGATE THE T EACHER PROGRAM DESIGNED TO SPUR THEIR ACADEMIC JOURNEY AND ARE THE LICENSURE TO GET HARD. FOR THOSE OF US CAN MAKE IT PAST OVERCOME AND GET OUR OWN CLASSROOMS; WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO MORE THAN OUR PEERS. WE ARE ALSO NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS AND ARE STILL NOT PUT INTO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. THIS CAUSES A VERY VERY FEW TEACHERS OF COLOR WHO ARE IN DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE TO LEAVE. THAT ALSO LEAVES THE VISUAL DAILY REMINDER OF STUDENTS OF COLOR THAT THEY; TOO; CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. AGAIN; I ASK YOU TO PLEASE; SUPPORT ALL TH E IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK VERY MUCH. MS. HERNANDEZ>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; AND MEMBERS MY NAME IS ROBERTA HERNANDEZ I LIVE IN TEACHING ROSEVILLE HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SECTION 14 REGARDING MENTORING AND RETENTION OF EFFECTIVE TEACHERS IN ROSCOE I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HELP CREATE[INAUDIBLE] AND AFFINITY GROUP FOR TEACHERS OF COLOR SINCE 2007.OUR GROUP HA S BEEN [INAUDIBLE] DEVELOP RELATIONS TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER ESPECIALLY FOR TEACHERS THAT EXPENSE THE ISOLATED [INAUDIBLE] THE ONLY ONE IN THE SCHOOL. WE MENTOR AND SUPPORT OUR EACH OTHER AS WE TRIED TO GIVE VOICE TO WHAT HAPPENS QUESTIONS OF COLOR TOO LONG. WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THEM TO LEARN. BUT TOO OFTEN WE FIND OUR VOICES OF TEACHERS OF COLOR DISMISSED. WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES THAT COME AS WE ENCOUNTER [INAUDIBLE] ON SOMETIMES A DAILY BASIS. OUR AFFINITY GROUP HAS ALSO ADVOCATED WHEN OTHER TEACHERS OF COLOR ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF THE DISTRICT AFTER THEIR THIRD YEAR; EV EN THOUGH THEIR EVALUATIONS HAVE FOLLOWED THE NEEDED POSITIVE PATH TOWARDS LEADING TOWARDS TENURE. OUR GROUP HAS GIVEN US THE FORM TO ADDRESS AREAS OF EQUITY IN A DISTRICT. EVEN WHILE WE’RE OFTEN EXPECTED TO DO EXTRA WORK COMPARED TO WHITE TEACHERSTO MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR IN THE FILMS; REPRESENTING A RACIAL EQUITY [INAUDIBLE] SUCH WORK CAN BE TAXING AND DAUNTING. OUR AFFINITY GROUP HAS BEEN A SPACE FOR US TO RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED DIFFERENTIATED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS A STATE LEARNING COMMUNITY. WE CONTINUE OUR OWN GROWTH CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND ISSUES AFFECTING US AS WE TEACH RACIALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS IN A WHITE DOMINANT SYSTEM.IN THE SPACE WE NO LONGER HAVE TO RESPOND AND EXPLAIN OUR PERSPECTIVES TO EDUCATE A WHITE COLLEAGUES THAT CAN FOR A MOMENT FOCUS ON OUR OWN EQUITY FOR OURS SELVES AND STUPID THE OTHER GROUP MET MONTHLY WHICH IS THE SERVER COMMITTEE TO BUILD GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER. WE NEEDED A TIME IN ORDER TO’S[INAUDIBLE] HOWEVER; FUNDING HAS DIMINISHED WITH SCALE BACK THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS TO MEET ONLY THREE TIMES A YEAR WHICH MAKES THAT COMMUNITY HARDER TO SUSTAIN. WE OF [INAUDIBLE] IS A DAY WHEN YOU SUBSTITUTE [INAUDIBLE] WE CHOSE THAT SO THAT TEACHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN OR CHILDREN AT HOME COULD ATTEND INSTEAD OF HAVING TO FIND OTHER NEEDS OF DAYCARE FOR THEM. I LIVED IN THE TWIN CITIES I HEARD OF OUR GROUP THEY COME TO VISIT TO SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE THIS KIND OF AFFINITY SUPPORT. THEY LEAVE ASKING FOR THEIR FOR THEMSELVES THE PAST FEW MONTHS I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK WITH TEACHERS FROM THE TWIN CITIES AND GREATER MINNESOTA. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT TO DO? TO BEGIN AND TO CREATE THEIR OWN AFFINITY GROUPS BECAUSE THE NEED FOR THIS IS SO STRONG. THE FUNDING FOR MENTORSHIP AND RETENTION IS STILL [INAUDIBLE] IN MY DISTRICT [INAUDIBLE] A PROFESSION RATHER THAN THE HIGHER RATES THAN WITH TEACHERS. PEOPLE [INAUDIBLE] YOU WILL CREATE AN IMPORTANT SYSTEM WHICH WILL LEAD TO RETENTION OF TEACHERS AS WELL AS ALLOW THEM TO [INAUDIBLE] WHICH WOULD STRENGTHEN OUR SERVICE. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU MS. HERNANDEZ. THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING COULD IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHES TO TESTIFY EITHER FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE A 24 AS AMENDED. SEEING NONE; MEMBERS; QUESTION. REPRESENTATIVE HUOT.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. CAN MS. LIVINGSTON PLEASE;? MR. CHAIR; MS. LIVINGSTON; THANK YOU FOR BEING SO OPEN WITH A PERSONAL STORY. I JUST WANT TO GET A FEW FACTS RIGHT. IF I UNDERSTAND IT RIGHT; YOU SAID YOU WERE ALREADY IN 60 K IN DEBT WITH THE STUDENT LOANS?>>TESTIFIER: YES. THAT IS CORRECT>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MS. LIVINGSTON HOW MUCH LONGER DO YOU HAVE TO GO TO WHEN YOU BE DONE WITH YOUR DEGREE?>>TESTIFIER: FIRE ARE WE DOING IN MY STUDENT TEACHING IN THE SPRING OF 2022 AT THE END OF THAT IN JUNE 2020 I WILL BE DONE.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MS. LIVINGSTON;ARE YOU WORKING OUTSIDE OF THIS RIGHT NOW?>>TESTIFIER: I SERVE TABLES ON THE WEEKEND AT A RESTAURANT MINNETONKA.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MS. LIVINGSTON I’M RUNNING THE NUMBERS HERE ONLY WITH YOUR 60;000 STUDENT LOAN DEBT TRYING TO QUALIFY YOU FOR [INAUDIBLE] ONCE YOU GRADUATE FROM REALTORS LOOK AT THE NUMBERS HERE. I’M ASTONISHED ON HOW YOU’RE DOING IT. I AM JUST FLABBERGASTED BY WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH YOURSELF AND I’M SO PROUD OF YOU FOR CONTINUING DOWN THIS ROUTE. OBVIOUSLY; WE NEED TO GO A LONG WAY HERE. WHAT I LOOK AT WHEN YOU’RE ALL DONE YOU’RE STILL GOING TO BE STRUGGLING; AREN’T YOU?>>TESTIFIER: WELL I’LL BE DOING THE BEST I CAN.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: ANY LESS QUESTIONS?>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: I DO. JUST A STATEMENT WHEN SHE GETS DONE WITH EVERYTHING WITHOUT ANY HELP AT ALL SHE WILL HAVE $332 TO LIVE OFF OF BASED ON A SALARY AS A FIRST YEAR TEACHER. SO WITH SUPPORT FOR THIS COMMITTEE TO KNOW.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE HUOT. REPRESENTATIVE JURGENS>>REPRESENTATIVE JURGENS: MR. CHAIR I’M NOT SURE WHO CAN ANSWER THIS BUT A COUPLE YEARS AGO WE DID AWAY WITH THE LAST IN FIRST OUT LAW AND I’M JUST WONDERING HOW THAT MAY HAVE IMPACTED TEACHERS OF COLOR; TEACHERS THAT ARE GOOD TEACHERS THAT MAY HAVE LACKED THE SENIORITY IN THE PAST. H IS THAT INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS OF COLOR?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: WHO WANTS TO TAKE THAT ONE?>>TESTIFIER: I CAN RESPOND TO THAT A LITTLE BIT. THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. JUST FOR MY OWN EXPERIENCE. SO LAST IN; FIRST OUT IS A SENIORITY ROUTE OF HAVING TO ELIMINATE TEACHERS BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS AND UNFORTUNATELY; THAT’S WHAT IS HAPPENED OVER THE SPAN OF MINNESOTA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO UNDERFUND OUR SCHOOLS AND EVERY SPRING TEACHERS; WHETHER THEY ARE NEW OR HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE WILL RECEIVE A PINK SLIP. THEY ARE LET GO. FOR MY FIRST THREE YEARS OF TEACHING I GOT A PINK SLIP EVERY SINGLE SPRING AND HOPING THAT I WOULD GET HIRED BACK AGAIN AND SO WHILE IT’S NOT THE MOST PERFECT WAY OF DEALING WITH THE SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS OF COLOR; IT CERTAINLY IS THE HISTORY OF WHY MINNESOTA HAS FEWER AND FEWER TEACHERS OF COLOR AND IT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY SO MANY;; WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A TEACHER SHORTAGE; IS ANOTHER BIG REASON WHY WE HAVE A TEACHER SHORTAGE; IS BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT FUNDING FOR MINNESOTA CONTINUALLY WE ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP GOOD TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM. THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO GET TENURED AND BUILD UP THEIR SALARY AND THEIR STEPS AND THEIR LANE AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THAT AS WELL. SO YES; I DID HAVE AN IMPACT TEACHERS OF COLOR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MS. ESPINOSA PLEASE COME FORWARD.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS; THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. I JUST WANT TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT THE BILL DOES ADDRESS THIS PHENOMENON. IF YOU LOOK ON PAGE 15; THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN NEGOTIATE ADDITIONAL RETENTION STRATEGIES FOR PROTECTION FROM [INAUDIBLE] . IN THE BEGINNING YEARS FOR PARTICULAR EDUCATORS OF COLOR AND AMERICAN INDIAN TEACHERS TEACHERS WE DISCUSSED THIS OVER THE LAST 2.5 YEARS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND THIS WAS HEARD IN POLICY BUT JUST WANT TO POINT OUT IS ADDRESSED.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE YOUAKIM>>REPRESENTATIVE YOUAKIM: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE; TO OVER 50% OF THE DISTRICT IN THE STATE ALREADY HAVE DIFFERENT RETENTION STRATEGIES NEGOTIATING THE CONTRACTS. SO THE ALREADY MOVING FORWARD WITH THAT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE EDELSON LAST QUESTION>>REPRESENTATIVE EDELSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I THINK BACK ON [INAUDIBLE] I’M SO SUPPORTIVE BUT IN 1954 AND POOR DECISION WAS MADE. BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DID NOT HAPPEN WI TH THAT DECISION IS WHEN WE INTEGRATED OUR SCHOOLS WE DO NOT INTEGRATE TEACHERS WITHIN THAT SO THE WERE AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS. THERE WERE TEACHERS OF COLOR BUT YOU START LOOKING AT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU HAVE LET THIS HAPPEN FOR SO LONG THAT WE HAVE NOT TRIED TO CORRECT WHAT HAPPENED HERE AND I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO WERE WRITING A WRONG THAT SHOULD BEEN RIGHTED A LONG TIME AGO.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN ANY CLOSING;>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: JUST MAY ASK ONE MORE PERSON TO COME DOWN AND SPEAK AS A CLOSING COMMENT?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: IT’S EITHER YOUR CLOSING COMMENTS OR TESTIFIERS COMING CLOSING COMMENTS>>REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN: ALL RIGHT WILL CLOSE WITH THIS REQUEST THAT WE FULLY FUND THIS BILL AND MOVE TOWARDS INCLUDING ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS IN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE TEACHERS OF COLOR IN FRONT OF ALL OUR STUDENTS. SO THANK VERY MUCH THIS MORNING>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH WITHOUT REPRESENTATIVE JIM BUILDING RENEWS HER MOTION THAT HOUSE FILE 24 IS BE LAID TO FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE KUNESH-PODEIN. REPRESENTATIVE BAHR. WE’VE GOT A LITTLE PARLIAMENTARY MANEUVERING GOING ON HERE. SO MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC THAT WILL NOT BE ANY TESTIMONY ON HOUSE FILE 2195. WE ARE MOVING IT ON BUT WE NEED TO DO A COUPLE THINGS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SO REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE . WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE DIVISION REPORT ON HOUSE FILE 2195?>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: YES MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: ANY DISCUSSION TO THIS IS A MOTION THAT REQUIRES A VOTE. I THINK IT’S DONE OFTEN OR BEFORE IN THIS COMMITTEE. SO ANY DISCUSSION DISCUSSION TO THE PRYOR MOTION TO ADOPT THE DIVISION REPORT ON HOUSE FILE 2195? HEARING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED? THE MOTION PREVAILS.>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 2195 TO BE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE WITH A RECOMMENDATION TO BE REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS WITH A FURTHER RECOMMENDATION THAT IT BE MOVED TO THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY?>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: YES; MR. CHAIR I LIKE TO.>>>>[LAUGHING]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT WAS A MOUTHFUL. COULD YOU PLEASE BRIEFLY EXPLAIN THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE?>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: YES. THIS IS A BILL THAT IS RELATED TO EARLY CHILDHOOD AND HAS A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP WITH THE COORDINATION WITH THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT ARE SERVING CHILDREN. BUT THERE IS A SECTION OF IT THAT’S TALKING ABOUT DATA AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT HEARD IN FRONT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: ALL RIGHT. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WOULD LIKE TO TESTIFY EITHER FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 2195? SEEING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON MEMBER DISCUSSION TO THE BILL>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. IT UP IS IT ALSO YOUR INTENTION TO RECOMMEND THIS BE REFERRED TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS BECAUSE THERE’S A TASK FORCE IN A?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE BERNARDY WANT TO RESPOND TO THAT?>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: YES; THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. BE REP HE; WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A AMENDMENT THAT WERE INTRODUCING JUDICIARY AND GET IT DONE THERE IS IT WOULD NOT BE THE INTENT TO CREATE A TASK FORCE BUT IT IS A GROUP THAT WILL DO THIS WORK WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING A TASK FORCE. SO WE WILL HAVE IT UP IN FRONT OF JUDICIARY WITH THAT ORDINANCE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR OUR PLANET HAVE A WORKING GROUP ; IS THAT WE ARE CONVERTING TO INSTEAD OF A TASK FORCE? THREE>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR WERE DELVING INTO LANGUAGE.>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: YES. BECAUSE I’M STILL LEARNINGTHE LANGUAGE OF LEGISLATORS; I’M NOT THAT FLUENT YET. I’LL HAVE A TESTIFIER AVAILABLE TO HELP ME. THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEEDED TO THANK YOU MR. CHAIR SARAH REPRESENTING [INAUDIBLE] FOR THE TIME THIS MORNING. JUST TO CLARIFY THE LANGUAGE WE HAVE THE AMENDMENT READY TO GO FOR JUDICIARY I T WILL CHANGE THIS TO A REPORT. THERE IS SOME OUTREACH BEEN DONE BY MDE TO THE PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANT AND SO THIS WILL WE ENVISI ON THIS BECOMING PART OF THAT EFFORT. SO IT WOULD BE A REPORT ONLY BUT A WORKING GROUP OR TASK FORCE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: JUST A REMINDER TO MEMBERS AND YOU CAN CORRECT ME; THE PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANT IS A FEDERAL GRANT THAT APARTMENT RECEIVED IN DECEMBER –ISH FOR ABOUT FOUR POINT SOMETHING MILLION DOLLARS; 4.7; I BELIEVE. CLOSE ENOUGH.>>TESTIFIER: CLOSE ENOUGH MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. WELL I’M WONDERING WHY REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR WOULD NOT OFFER THIS COMMITTEE IN THIS COMMITTEE SINCE HIS EDUCATION>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: I DO NOT HAVE IT READY. I APOLOGIZE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON. OKAY.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: RESEARCHER I JUST THINK WE NEED TO FOLLOW OUR RULES.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: OKAY. ANY OTHER MEMBER QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR ANY CLOSING; IT’S GOOD>>REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR: NO. APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT>>CHAIR DAVNIE: WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE PRYOR RENEWS HER MOTION THAT HOUSE FILE 2190 5B REFER TO WAYS AND MEANS WITH A FLIRT FOR THE RECOMMENDATION WE REFER TO THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] OPPOSED? THE MOTION PREVAILS.>>[GAVEL]>>[ADJOURNMENT]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE BAHR. REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK. FOR REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK REPRESENTATIVE RICHARDSON WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 566 BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE FUTURE DIVISION REPORT>>REPRESENTATIVE RICHARDSON: SO MOVED MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE RICHARDSON. REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK WELCOME AND BEGIN YOUR TEST ON HOUSE FILE 566.>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: HOUSE FILE 56 REQUIRES QUARTER SIX TO ESTABLISH [INAUDIBLE] IN A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THEIR ROLE IS. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES MONEY FOR SAFETY ASSESSMENT GRANT FOR SCHOOL TEAMS TO OF TRAIN FOLKS AND HEALTH GET THEM SET UP YOUR WITH ME TODAY ABOUT TESTIFIER [INAUDIBLE] TO SPEAK TO THE IDEA OF SCHOOL SAFETY ASSESSMENT [INAUDIBLE]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. CAPT. MCALLISTER; WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY.>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS. MY NAME IS RENNIE MCALLISTER DEPUTY DIRECTOR PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE>>[MULTIPLE VOICES.] POLICE DEPARTMENT ALSO CHAIR OF THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF [INAUDIBLE] I COME TO YOU TODAY TO IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE 566 WHICH IS A SCHOOL ASSESSMENT SAFETY ASSESSMENT BILL. JUST BY WAY OF HISTORY; BACK IN 1999 THE US EXPENSE A WATERSHED MOMENT IN TERMS OF SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE AND THAT WAS THE COLUMBINE SHOOTING. AFTER THAT; THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE US SECRET SERVICE UNDERTOOK A STUDY; A MULTI-YOUR STUDY; TO LOOK AT THE PAST HISTORY OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA AND TRIED TRULY COME UP WITH SOME SORT OF OPERATIONAL FACTORS THE THINGS THAT THEY CAN DISCOVER ABOUT THE VIOLENCE AND THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS COULD IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT TO PREVENT SUCH ACTS ABOUNDS IN THE FUTURE. AFTER THEY CONCLUDED THEIR STUDY THEY PUBLISHED IT IN 2002 AND WITH THAT THIS IDEA OF THREAT ASSESSMENT OR SCHOOL SAFETY ASSESSMENT CAME TO THE FOREFRONT AND IT’S BEEN A RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICE SINCE 2002. I 14; WE FOUND IS THAT VERY FEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE IMPLEMENT IT SO THE BEST PRACTICE MODEL THREAT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM ROUTINE DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE RECOMMENDED BY US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. AND MANY MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. SO JUST AMONG SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS THAT THE SAFE SCHOOLS STUDY FOUND; THAT NUMBER ONE; THE INCIDENTS AT SCHOOL WERE SUDDENLY WERE RARELY SUDDEN OR IMPULSIVE ATTACKS. IN FACT; THERE’S TYPICALLY PLANNED OUT OVER DAYS; WEEKS OR MONTHS. IN SOME CASES COMING YEARS. PRIOR TO MOST INSTANCES OTHER PEOPLE KNEW THE ATTACKERS IDEA OR AND OR PLANS OF ATTACK MOST ATTACKERS) TARGETS DIRECTLY. PRIOR TO MAKING THE ATTACK. THERE’S NO ACCURATE OR USEFUL PROFILE OF STUDENTS WHO ENGAGE IN TARGET VIOLENCE. MOST ATTACKS ENGAGE IN SOME BEHAVIOR PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT THAT CAUSED OTHERS CONCERN OR INDICATED A NEED F OR HELP. OFTENTIMES; THEY APPLIED FOR HELP BEFORE THESE THINGS HAPPEN. MOST ATTACKERS HAD DIFFICULTY COPING WITH SIGNIFICANT LOSSES OR PERSONAL FAILURES BUT MOST ATTACKERS HAD ACCESS TO AND USE WEAPONS PRIOR TO THE ATTACK A ND MOST CASES OTHER STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN SOME CAPACITY AND THEY ASHLEY FOUND THAT INSIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THESE THERE ARE ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE ADULTS WHO HAD SOME INDICATIONS OF WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND DESPITE PROMPT LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE MOST INCIDENTS WERE STOPPED BY MEANS OTHER THAN LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVENTION. SO THAT’S KIND OF WHERE WE STARTED WITH THIS WHOLE MOVEMENT. SO THE SECRET SERVICE FOUND THAT SOME PEOPLE MAKE THREATS THEY DON’T POSE A THREAT AND SOME PEOPLE WHO POSE A THREAT DON’T MAKE A THREAT. THAT’S REALLY WORTH THREAT ASSESSMENT LIVES BUT WERE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHICH THREATS ARE THREATENING BEHAVIORS WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. ALSO IN THE STUDY THEY FOUND 95% OF SCHOOL SHOOTERS ARE CURRENT STUDENTS AT THAT SCHOOL AND 5% ;; THE OTHER 5% OF OUR FORMER STUDENTS RECENTLY FORMER STUDENTS. THIS REALLY SPEAKS TO OUR APPROACHES WE HAVE BEEN TAKING. LAST YEAR; AFTER THE TRAGEDY IN FLORIDA WHERE WE HAD 17 DEAD AND 17 INJURED I THINK OF YOU COUNT THE TWO RECENT SUICIDES YOU CAN INCREASE THE OBVIOUSLY THE VICTIMS IN THAT CASE; AFTER THAT ATTACK; THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ASKED FOLKS TO COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR PREVENTING SOMETHING SIMILAR IN MINNESOTA. UNFORTUNATELY MY THINK THE APPROACH WE TOOK WAS TO ALLOCATE $25 MILLION FOR FISCAL SECURITY MEASUREMENT OR MEASURES. BUT PHYSICAL SECURITY; DOOR LOCKS; CAMERAS; THOSE KIND OF THINGS ARE NOT GOING TO STOP MOST OF THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE CURRENT STUDENTS. THE SHOOTERS ARE. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. THEY CAN GET THE WEAPONS AND IF THEY WANT TO. SO WHAT WE NEED IS A MORE PROACTIVE APPROACH THAT IDENTIFIES PEOPLE OF CONCERN ON A PATHWAY TO BALANCE LONG BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY GET TO THE POINT OF GOING THROUGH THE DOORS. SO THAT’S KIND OF WHERE WE ARE AT. THE FBI RECENTLY IMPANELED A BUNCH OF EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY IN 2015 THEY FOUND THAT; BY FAR; THE MOST VALUABLE PREVENTION STRATEGY IDENTIFIED FOR PREVENTING TARGETED ATTACKS WHICH INCLUDES THE SHOOTINGS 10 A MASS SHOOTINGS WE SEE IS THE THREAT MANAGEMENT TEAM. THAT’S AN IMPORTANT THING THAT I’M CERTAINLY COMMITTED TO. HIGHER EDUCATION HAS EMBRACED IT BUT UNFORTUNATELY K-12 HASN’T SO MUCH IN MY EXPERIENCE BUT CERTAINLY THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS SOME DISTRICTS HAVE GOOD PROGRAM BUT THEY’RE NOT VERY UNIFORM AND TYPICALLY THEY LACK ANY SORT OF ROBUST TRAINING AND BEST PRACTICES AND STANDARDS. AT ITS CORE THREAT ASSESSMENT ATTEMPTS TO INTERVENE ON PEOPLE ON A PATH ABOUNDS IN HOPES AND GET ON A HEALTHY TESTED BOUNCE IS ON HELPING OTHER PEOPLE PLANNING FOR BONA FIDE CERTAINLY TAKE SECONDS; DAYS WEEKS OR MONTHS ACTIVE VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY PEOPLE WHO BEEN OVERWHELMED IN THEIR LIVES [INAUDIBLE] IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE UNDER STRESS IDENTIFY THE STRESSORS WOULD DESTABILIZE AND GET THEM GOOD FRIEND SEVEN PROGRAMS ALSO IDENTIFY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL SCHOOL CULTURE SO THAT THE SCHOOL CULTURE ITSELF IS NOT ONE OF THE STRESSORS. ONE TOOTH ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT [INAUDIBLE] GOOD SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT ADDRESSES ANTI-BULLYING MEMBERS AS WELL AS MENTAL HEALTH. BALANCE DOESN’T JUST INCLUDE YOUR MASS SHOOTINGS. THOSE ARE GOING TO BE RARE BUT OBVIOUSLY GRAB THE ATTENTION IN THE HEADLINES . TYPICALLY WE SEE A LOT OF LESSER FORMS OF VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS WHICH INCLUDES A SERIES BULLYING OR PEER FOR SAFETY HARASSMENT AND STALKING. A LOT OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT HAPPENS IN HIGH SCHOOLS IN JUNIOR HIGHS AND REPEATED [INAUDIBLE] THREATENING BEHAVIORS TOWARDS A SO THREAT ASSESSMENT IS A MODEL TO BE USE TO ADDRESS ALL THESE FILES NOT JUST SHOOTINGS BUT ALL THE [INAUDIBLE]; TOO. SO THE ROLE OF THE THREAT ASSESSMENT IS TO PROMOTE THE CULTURE OF SAFE SCHOOLS. W E AVOID ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICIES IN THE WORLD OF THREAT ASSESSMENT BECAUSE THEY DON’T WORK THAT THEY STIGMATIZE KIDS. THEY ACTUALLY PUNISH KIDS WHEN NO INTENTION OF ACTING OUT VIOLENTLY. SO BUT ON THE FLIPSIDE; YOU HAVE TO TAKE EVERY THREAT SERIOUSLY AND INVESTIGATE IT. SO JUST TO ADDRESS SO ME QUICK MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT IT. THAT COME UP FREQUENTLY; IT’S NOT A PROFILE. THREAT ASSESSMENT IS NOT PROFILE STUDENTS. THE FILES LOOK AT A CRIME SCENE FOR INSTANCE AFTER THE FACT TRY TO LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE AND TRY TO TELL YOU WHO DID IT. THREAT ASSESSMENT IS BEHAVIOR DRIVEN WE LOOK AT BEHAVIORS IDENTIFIED IN THE RESEARCH. IT’S NOT A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM. CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAMS ARE REACTIVE GENERALLY AND THE RIGHT AFTER THE FACT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN SORT OF [INAUDIBLE] MANAGEMENT TYPE SETTING. LITIGATION; IT ACTUALLY DECREASES LITIGATION OR RISK OF BEING SUED BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST PRACTICE AGAIN. AGAIN; JUST TO SUM UP FINALLY; IT’S FOR THE BEST PRACTICE BY MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COUNTRY; THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST; FBI; AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION; AND FINALLY THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SO I JUST STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THIS BODY TO CONSIDER THIS BILL. IT’S AN IMPORTANT BILL AGAIN WOULD BE MUCH CHEAPER THAN $25 MILLION BUT NO T ACTUALLY OWING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF THE MONEY WAS SET ASIDE FOR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU CAPT. THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING COULD IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHES TO TESTIFY EITHER FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 566? SEEING NONE ; REPRESENTATIVE DEMUTH YOU HAVE A QUESTION.>>REPRESENTATIVE DEMUTH: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. I SERVE; TO CUT TO THE TESTIFIER; DO I SERVED ON THE [INAUDIBLE] SCHOOL BOARD FOR 11 YEARS BUT I ALSO HAVE FOUR CHILDREN THAT GRADUATED FROM ACCORDION TO COME SIT IN A LITTLE DIFFERENT SPOT THAN THE REST OF OUR COMMITTEE RIGHT NOW. AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER AS A PARENT AND THIS TOPIC IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL MINNESOTA SCHOOLS. AND ESPECIALLY AKAMAI 260 THANK YOU. ONE QUESTION THAT HAVE THOUGH IN THE EFFORT TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE ART TEACHER SAFE; ARE ADMINISTRATORS SAFE ART THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS THAT HAVE FILED FALSE REPORTS ON FELLOW STUDENTS? TO CAUSE A SCHOOL SAFETY OF ASSESSMENT? ARE THERE ANY CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT?>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU MR. JOE; WHERE IN THE BILL CAN BE THERE’S THINGS YOU CAN DO TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM [INAUDIBLE] THOSE KINDS OF THINGS BUT NOT THROUGH THE BILL ITSELF.>>REPRESENTATIVE DEMUTH: THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE CANNOT>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: MR. CHAIR; CAPT.; REAL QUICK QUESTION HERE. WITHOUT NOTICE I COME FROM A PUBLIC SERVICE ; PUBLIC SAFETY BACKGROUND; TO AND ONE OF THE THINGS I’VE STARTED TO NOTICE WITH THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFF-DUTY OFFICERS WAS A QUALIFICATION OF THE OFFICER WILL BE DOING A SAFETY ASSESSMENT?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBER; TYPICA LLY THE PERSON THAT WOULD BE ON A THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM IN TERMS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNER WOULD BE A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER. THE TEAM HAS TO GET TRAINED IN THE WHOLE PROSPECT NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS. SO AS YOU KNOW; LAW ENFORCEMENT DOESN’T TYPICALLY RECEIVE THREAT ASSESSMENT TRAINING AND ACADEMIES OR PROGRAMS SO BE ADDITIONAL TRAINING. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS LACKING IN MANY DISTRICTS THAT ON PAPER IS THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS. DON’T ACCEPT FORMAL TRAINING FOR ALL THE MEMBERS THAT’S BASED ON NATIONAL THIS PRACTICE SCENARIOS.>>REPRESENTATIVE HUOT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT>>REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. BEFORE I ASKED MY QUESTION I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVEWAZLAWIK FOR PICKING THIS BILL UP . IT’S A GOOD BILL. I KNOW WE HEARD THIS IN COMMITTEE LAST YEAR. I BELIEVE REPRESENTATIVE FRANKIE CARRIED IT I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING AFFORD. IT DIDN’T UP IN OUR FINAL LEGISLATIVE BUT UNFORTUNATELY GOT VETOED IN THE FINAL OMNIBUS BILL. SO APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THIS UP AND CONTINUING THE WORK. MY QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH THE REPORT; THE SAFETY ASSESSMENT REPORT. DO PARENTS AND STUDENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THE REVIEW THAT REPORT OR A CHANCE TO CHALLENGE IT IF THEY FEEL IT’S WRONG?>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT ABOUT I DON’T KNOW IF THE STUDENT IS SPECIFICALLY BUT THE PARENTS CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE REPORT.>>REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK. SO WITH A CHALLENGE THAT REPORT OR IS IT WRITTEN IN STONE FOREVER? HOW DOES THAT WORK?>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT; I’M NOT SURE THAT SPECIFIC LANGUAGES IN THE BILL. I THINK THERE WOULD CERTAINLYIN THE SCHOOL DOES AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION IF THERE’S CONCERNS WITH THE REPORT.>>REPRESENTATIVE BENNETT: THANK YOU>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK I’M LOOKING AT SUBDIVISION FIVE ON DISCLOSURE AND LEARN IN THE SENATE THEY SEND IT TO JUDICIARY GOOD I’M WONDERING IS IT YOUR INTENTION TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT IS CITED IN SUBDIVISION FIVE; ON PAGE 3 I WILL BE LOOKED AT BY THOSE TWO UNDERSTANDING PRACTICES IT AND UNDERSTAND OF IT?>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: THAT’S NOT MY INTENT BUT THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU FEEL NEEDS TO BE DONE WE CAN CERTAINLY CONSIDER THAT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: PERHAPS A CHAT WITH THE CHAIR OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS IN ORDER. CAPT. MCALLISTER.>>TESTIFIER: VERSE THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. THAT ALSO IS ADDRESSED UNDER FEDERAL EDUCATION RIGHTS SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES THREAT ASSESSMENT AND SHARE INFORMATION WITHIN THE TEAM. IT ALSO EXPRESSLY SAYS YOU CAN’T SHARE THE THREAT ASSESSMENT PROCESS OUTSIDE THE TIME. SO IF YOUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER ASSIGNED TO THE TEAM YOU CANNOT GO BACK YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT SURE THAT INFORMATION UNLESS THERE’S SOME SORT OF EXCEPTION.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. SO; CAPT. IT’S OUR PROCESS HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY COMMITTEE THAT HAS JURISDICTION IS [INAUDIBLE] LANGUAGE TO ENSURE THAT IT IS THE LANGUAGE THAT WILL BE DETECTION UP TO OF DATA. SO I THINK SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR DETAIL. THANK YOU>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE YOUAKIM.>>REPRESENTATIVE YOUAKIM: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK I’M SORRY DO NOT GET A CHANCE TO WITH YOU [INAUDIBLE] I KNOW WHEN IT WAS IN A POLICY THAT WAS SOME CONCERNS BY NAMI AND SOME OF THE LANGUAGE AND I SEE MS. ABDERHOLDEN IN THE ARMS COULD I KNOW THERE WAS STILL SOME CONCERN?>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE YOUAKIM. WE DID HAVE A CONVERSATION AND THIS BILL IS INCLUDED IN A OMNIBUS BILL WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT CHANGES.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: CAPT. MCALLISTER YOU INDICATED THAT ONE OF THE PIECE OF THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS WAS IN SITUATIONS WITH BULLYING. WHILE BULLYING IN IS A SIGNIFICANT AREA OF CONCERN IT’S USUALLY A DISCIPLINARY MATTER AND I THINK TO BE MANY PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH POLICE ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. WHY WOULD A POLICE OFFICER BE INVOLVED IN DOING WITH INCIDENTS OF BULLYING THAT DID NOT RISE TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT OF ASSAULT OR SOMETHING OF THIS WORK?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. THE SHORT ANSWER IS IT’S NOT THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY THAT’S DOING WITH BULLYING IN THE CONTEXT OF THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM. THAT POSSIBLY COULD BE. TYPICALLY; THERE’S GOT TO BE SOME SORT OF THREAT OR THREATENING BEHAVIOR FOR IT TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF A SORT OF A THREAT ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND THAT’S OUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER ON THE TEAM IS ONE MEMBER TO TIVOLI THEY DON’T GET INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL DO NOT IN CHARGE OF THE SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY PROCESS. THAT WOULD BE HANDLED BY THE SCHOOL NOT THE TEAM ITSELF. JUST AS AN EXAMPLE; VIRGINIA HAS THE STATEWIDE LAW THAT IT’S BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2015 OR 2013 AND BASED ON 70% OF THE COMPLAINTS OF THREATS OR THREATENING BEHAVIORS FOUND TO BE WITH A CALL TRANSIENT. THEY A RE NOT THERE DETERMINED NOT TO BE SIGNIFICANT AND DOES IT GO THROUGH A SCREEN PROSPECT 30% ARE FOUND TO HAVE SOMETHING TO THEM SO THAT THE TEAM NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE IT BUT AGAIN IT IS THE TEAM MINUTES GENERALLY THE FOLKS FROM THE EDUCATIONAL FACILITY THAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN ANY DISCIPLINE ISSUES.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK ANY CLOSING; SPEAK>>REPRESENTATIVE WAZLAWIK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I THINK ACKNOWLEDGING THE TESTIMONY AND HER TODAY AND REFER THE SORTS OF TEAMS. I WORK IN SCHOOL CHILDCARE AND ABSOLUTELY SEEN NOTHING THAT RISE TO THE LEVEL BUT I’VE SEEN BOWLING GOING TO GET INTO MORE WITH SYSTEMS AND POSITIVE WAYS THAT WILL HELP SOLVE THESE FORMS AND PREVENT SOME OF THESE THINGS FROM HAPPENING. THANK YOU>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE RICHARDSON RENEWS HER MOTION HOUSE FILE 566B BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. THANK YOU MUCH. REP RESENTATIVE URDAHL.. REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 16 B BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TO LAY OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION OF FUTURE DIVISION REPORT?>>REPRESENTATIVE DANIELS: I SO MOVE MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. DANIELS. REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL>>REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. HOUSE FILE 16 DEALS WITH THE PROGRAM WE ARE FOR SMALL SCHOOL REVENUE OR SMALLER MINNESOTA SCHOOLS. THEY FACE MANY UNIQUE CHALLENGES AND ONE; THEY DON’T HAVE ALL THE PROPERTY VALUES THAT AID THE LARGER SCHOOLS. FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019; SMALL SCHOOLS REVENUE TOTALED 16.4 MILLION AND GOES TO MINNESOTA’S 166 SMALL SCHOOL DISCIPLINE THOSE ARE THE POPULATION UNDER 960. THIS WOULD CHANGE IT TO 31 MILLION IN 216 WOULD BE THE SMALL SCHOOL CATEGORY.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GRAVITY IS A VALUE. DR. NOLAN; WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE DO YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTEE. FRED NOLAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MINNESOTA RURAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION REALLY THANK REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL FOR BRINGING THE BILL AND FOR COUNSEL; MR. STROM; FOR THE FINE SUMMARY. TH IS BILL DOES THREE THINGS. THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT BELOW 480 STUDENTS RIGHT NOW THE DOLLARS PER THE OLD SCHOOL DISTRICT GO DUMP THE DOLLARS PER KID GO UP BUT WHEN YOU ARE VERY FEW STUDENTS AND THERE ARE 72 SCHOOL DISTRICTS BELOW 400 800 STUDENTS TOTAL IN THE DESERT THAT’S 21;000 STUDENTS .. THERE’S ONLY FIVE DISTRICTS THAT ARE LARGER THAN THAT. SO THOSE DISTRICTS AS THEY GET SMALLER THEY GET THE LESS REVENUE THAT THEY ALSO SHIPS THAT MEDIUM NUMBER 27 AND 50 BECAUSE THE REASON FOR THAT; THAT CAPTURES 125 DISTRICTS SMALLER THAN 750 WITH 54;000 STUDENTS; BUT IN INTERESTING BREVITY I WILL TURN OVER TO MATT SCHULTZ OF WAYNESBURG WAS VERY FEW STUDENTS>>CHAIR DAVNIE: SUPERINTENDENT SCHULTZ WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE DID YOU BUY HERE TODAY>>TESTIFIER: I COULD HAVE BEEN>>CHAIR DAVNIE: PLEASE A NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS MATT S CHULTZ [INAUDIBLE] HERE TO TALK ABOUT AGE OF SIX AND WERE A SMALL SCHOOL SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA. WE WERE PROXIMALLY 306 THE ACTUAL BODIES IN THE BUILDING [INAUDIBLE] WE ALSO HAD A FULL SLATE OF DAYCARE IN A BUILDING PRESCHOOL YOU NAME IT WERE SMALL COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE IT. WE HAVE HAD A SMALL STEADY INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS AND OBVIOUSLY OUR SCHOOL IS THE CENTER OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN MAKE SURE STUDENTS HE WITH HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION.. THREE YEARS AGO WE HAD A STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION WITH OVER 45 PEOPLE ATTEND THAT PLANNING SESSION IN OUR CITY OF 700 THAT WAS A WONDERFUL NUMBER. ALL TOLD; I THINK WE OVER TO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING STRATEGIC PLAN BECAUSE WE TRULY DO CARE ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS WAYNESBURG 85% IS GOING TO A FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION ARE ACT SCORES AROUND TO POINT OUT THAN ANY SCHOOL DESKS AROUND IT. SO WE VALUE OUR EDUCATION. OUR COMMUNITY IS VERY INDEPENDENT AND WERE VERY PROUD. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS WITH AND EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TRY TO KEEP OUR TAX BURDEN LOW OUR TAXPAYERS OBVIOUSLY; YESTERDAY ARE TAX BILLS GOT IN OUR FARMERS AND SO SOME CALLS AND DISCUSSIONS YESTERDAY WHICH WAS WONDERFUL BUT IT TRULY DO CARE ABOUT OUR SCHOOL. SMALL SCHOOLS REVENUE ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE OFFERING QUALITY PROGRAMMING THE REAL WORLD COMMUNITY. WE WERE FULL-TIME AT TEACHER KEEP IN MIND WEAVE ABOUT 120 STUDENTS GRADES 9 TO 12. WE WERE FULL-TIME AT TEACHER FULL-TIME INDUSTRIAL TECH TEACHER FULL-TIME ART TEACHER; FULL-TIME BAND INSTRUCTOR; FULL-TIME REQUIREMENTS AT A FULL-TIME BUSINESS TEACHER AND FULL-TIME SPANISH TEACHER. IF YOU LOOK AT WAYNESBORO SCHOOL USE MIGHT SEE WERE LITTLE UNIT OUR STUDENTS START IN FIFTH GRADE WORK-RELATED 12 CAN BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ART JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY. WE PHYSICAL EDUCATION EVERY DAY FOR ALL OUR STUDENTS. WE DO WHAT WE CAN. WITH THAT SAID; EXPENSES THAT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER OUR LPC A REVENUE. SOME EXAMPLE OUR ELECTRIC BILLS. WE DON’T CONTROL THAT WENT ON. I WAS A 14.5 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR WAS ABOUT DOUBLE WHAT WAS 10 YEARS AGO. I FUNDING FOR SMALL SCHOOLS [INAUDIBLE] COSTA BUSES HAVE INCREASED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. OUR FOOD DOLLARS HAVE INCREASE THE LAST FIVE YEARS EVEN OUR WATER BILLS HAVE OUTPACED WHERE INCREASES IN STATE REVENUE HAVE BEEN. THIS BILL WOULD ADD $111;000 TO [INAUDIBLE] AND WHAT THAT [INAUDIBLE] A SCHOOL DISTRICT 5000 STUDENTS $11;000 DOESN’T LIKE MUCH BUT TRUST ME [INAUDIBLE] IT REALLY HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON WHAT WE CAN OFFER OUR COMMUNITY. SMALL SCHOOLS IN MINNESOTA IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG FOR [INAUDIBLE] TO SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO COMMUNITY THAT DOESN’T KEEP IT SMALL SCHOOL. JUST RIGHT AROUND US WE HAVE WYCKOFF; PETERSON; CAMPTON; COMMITTEES WITHIN A HALF HOUR OF WINNSBORO THE NO LONGER HAVE A SCHOOL .. IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF RURAL MINNESOTA SO THIS BILL WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN KEEPING WE HAVE IN RURAL MINNESOTA MAKING SURE ALL OUR STUDENTS IN OUR COMMITTEE CAN GO ON TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT IS THERE ANYONE IN THE ARTIST WISHES TO TESTIFY EITHER FOR OR AGAINST ON HOUSE FILE 16? SEEING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL CLOSING; TOTHANK YOU. I HOPE THIS BILL CAN BE I’M SURE WILL BE GIVEN DUE CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE. IT REALLY IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR A LOT OF SCHOOLS IN GREATER MINNESOTA PARTICULARLY IN APPRECIATE YOUR HEARING THE BILL AND I ALSO AM SURE THAT IN WINNSBORO HE THAT WE DID I MENTION THAT THEY DO HAVE [INAUDIBLE]>>CHAIR DAVNIE: GOOD TO KNOW. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE URDAHL PURE WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE DANIELS RENEWS HER MOTION HOUSE FILE 50 WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE DANIELS RENEWS HER MOTION HOUSE FILE 5016 BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE DIVISION REPORT SUPERINTENDENT IF ENERGY COST S ARE CONCERNED YOU MIGHT WANT TO STICK AROUND LAST BILL HERE TODAY. THANK YOU FOR COMING TODAY. REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN. REPRESENTATIVE KOTYZA-WITTHUN WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE KOTYZA-WITTHUN WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HOUSE FILE 1140 8B BEFORE THE COMMITTEE FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A FUTURE DIVISION REPORT?>>REPRESENTATIVE KOTYZA-WITTHUN: SO MOVED MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN; WELCOME.>>REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTENSEN: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU MEMBERS. I WILL START I AM HERE THIS BILL IS GONE TO THE ENERGY POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE ALREADY SO NOW THIS IS THE LAST STOP OF THE BILL. SCHOOLS IN MINNESOTA SPENT THE PRIOR TESTIFIER ACTUALLY GIVE ME A GOOD LEAD IN HERE. SCHOOLS IN MINNESOTA SPEND $200 MILLION A YEAR ON ELECTRICITY OUT OF MY SCHOOL DISTRICT THE ENERGY BILLS ARE SECOND ONLY TO PERSONNEL; ONLY TO HIRING STAFF AND TEACHERS. MANY SCHOOLS CANNOT AFFORD TO MAKE AN INITIAL INVESTMENT TO INITIATE GOOD CONTRIBUTIONS. THE PAYBACK IS THREE YEARS IF THEY WOULD CHANGE TO A EFFICIENT LIGHTING AND 15 YEARS FOR UPGRADED HVAC SYSTEMS. MONEY STRAPPED SCHOOLS WOULD BENEFIT FROM UP FRONT ASSISTANCE TO INVEST IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND COST SAVINGS. A TYPICAL MINNESOTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPENT $60;000 PER YEAR ON ENERGY COSTS. MY SCHOOL SPENDS $130;000 A YEAR. IF 20% OF THOSE COSTS ARE LIGHTING AND THOSE COSTS ARE REDUCED BY 50% IN AVERAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WOULD SAVE $6000 PER YEAR. HF 1148 GREATER REVOLVING LOAN FUND TO PROVIDE LOW-COST FUNDS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT THEY CAN USE TO MAKE ENERGY CONSERVATION INVESTMENTS TO LOWER ENERGY COSTS. THE LOANS WILL BE MADE BELOW MARKET INTEREST FOR TERMS OF TO 15 YEARS. IN 2000 $28 MILLION IS APPROPRIATED FOR THEIR NOBLE ENERGY FUND TO ASSIST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE EXCEL TERRITORY AND 8 MILLION FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR DISTRICTS OUTSIDE OF THE EXCEL AREA. THE COMMERCE COMMISSIONERWILL ACTUALLY MANAGE THE PROGRAM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD TO MY THE SAVINGS WOULD GO TO DISTRICTS BUT THE SAVINGS; AS WE KNOW; WAS TO GO TO TAXPAYERS BECAUSE WE AS TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING THOSE PAYING ENERGY BILLS; TOO. I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE JAMIE FENSKE AND SHE WILL TELL YOU MORE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MS. FENSKE WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE PLEASE DO YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU. THANK YOU CHAIR DAVNIE REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. I’M JAMIE FENSKE TO ON BEHALF OF THE [INAUDIBLE] ENVIRONMENT. OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRENGTHEN ECONOMY WILL IMPROVE IN THE ENVIRONMENTS. WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERTISE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND PROVIDING SCHOOLS WITH ENERGY ANALYSIS AND EFFICIENCY RECOMMENDATIONS. SEE SUPPORTS THIS BILL. IF THERE WERE PART OF FINANCIAL TOOL FOR DISTRICTS TO IMPLEMENT EFFICIENCY MEASURES. TYPICALLY; [INAUDIBLE] TO SUPPORT EFFICIENCY SO REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB HIGHLIGHTING THESE. INSTEAD I’LL TAKE MOM TO HIGHLIGHT THE BENEFITS TO [INAUDIBLE] A GOOD LEARNING MOMENT OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IT LIGHT LEVELS; DESIGN 12 CLASSROOMS CURRENTLY [INAUDIBLE] TO READ WHITEBOARDS AND CAN BE THIS COMES NOT CHALKBOARDS. ENABLING STUDENTS TO BETTER; TO SEE BETTER RESUME USES EYE FATIGUE AND CAN DO INCREASES CONCENTRATION [INAUDIBLE] AND INDOOR AI R QUALITY. HIGH-PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS CAN LIMIT [INAUDIBLE] AND A REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN SPOKE TO COME ECONOMICS MAKE SENSE. SCHOOLS TO REDUCE THEIR LIGHTING COSTS BY UP TO 50%. HVAC COSTS UP TO 40%. SAVING MONEY WILL HAVING HIGHER-QUALITY [INAUDIBLE] WITH MORE THAN 3000 SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN MINNESOTA THIS [INAUDIBLE] SO WHY AREN’T ALL SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT IN THIS ? SOME SCHOOLS LACK INFORMATION. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THE COST OF IMPLEMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY ROMANS OF THE BARRIER. AS RESOURCES ARE FINITE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. S OME ARE FORTUNES WITH A SIX ARE ABLE TO ACCESS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE HEALTH AND SAFETY FUNDS [INAUDIBLE] OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS ATTEMPT TO MAKE INCREMENTAL PIECEMEAL IMPROVEMENTS. THOUGH MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS JUST DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE ENERGY [INAUDIBLE] I COMMEND THE SCHOOLS AND MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY [INAUDIBLE] THIS BILL PROVIDES ACROSS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ALLOW ME TO SPEAK.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: YOU VERY MUCH MS. FENSKE. I MISPLACED MY AGENDA. SO; WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS MET MIGHT COMPANIES CEDAR CREEK ENERGY. WE ARE A 12-YEAR-OLD LOGICAL AND GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND WE ARE LOCATED IN COMMITTEE BUT RAPIDS MINNESOTA WE WORK IN THE CENTER FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT AND EXTENSIVELY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS FOR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS NONPROFITS SO ON AND SO WHAT WE DO IS WORK WITH THEM AND IMPLEMENT PROJECTS. WHAT WE SEE WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOLS IN PARTICULAR IS THAT YOU HAVE DEFINITELY THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS. WE KNOW THAT ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS GOING TO SAVE MONEY RIGHT OFF THE BAT BY LOWERING UTILITY COSTS WHICH LOWERS THE OVERALL RATE AND THEN OF COURSE MAINTENANCE COST. SO THE MA INTENANCE COSTS ARE ALSO VERY HIGH BECAUSE A LOT OF THE SCHOOLS [INAUDIBLE] HAVE TO PIECEMEAL THEIR STUFF TOGE THER SO THEY DO A FULL-BODIED AND H ER ENERGY EFFICIENCY [INAUDIBLE] IT WOULD SAVE QUITE A BIT OF MONEY. BUT WE FIND IS THAT IN A LOT OF AREAS OUT STATE AND IN NON-EXCEL ENERGY TERRITORY IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE’S NO FUNDING. WE HAVE TO GET EVEN FOR THE PROJECTS IN STATE INSIDE OF EXCEL IN LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH TO PUT A LOT OF CREATIVE FINANCING TOGETHER COULD IF THERE WAS A POOL FOR SCHOOLS TO JUST HAVE TAPPING TO JUST KEEP EVERYBODY COST LOWER. SO THAT’S WHY WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK VERY MUCH IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHO WISHES TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST HOUSE FILE 1140? SEEING NONE; REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER YOU HAD A QUESTION.>>REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THIS COULD BE FOR THE TESTIFIER OR THE AUTHOR YOU’RE LOOKING AT TWO BUCKETS OF MONEY HERE. WE HAVE 89 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND 8 MILLION FROM THE STATE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT. WHEN IT COMES BACK TO PAYING BACK THIS LOAN WHAT AMOUNT IS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE TO BE BACK THESE LOANS AND WITH THESE PROJECTS BE QUALIFIED FOR ANY REVENUE PROJECTS THAT RELY ON LOCAL LEVIES?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN;; CAN YOU HELP WITH THAT PLEASE?>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU CHAIR REPRESENTATIVE. I THINK I DO NOT CATCH THE LAST PARTY A QUESTION OF THE FIRST PART WOULD BE IF THE SCHOOLS WOULD [INAUDIBLE] IT WOULD GO TO THE POOL BED BORROW FROM INITIALLY.>>REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THAN THE LAST PART OF THE QUESTION WITH THESE PROJECTS QUALIFY FOR ANY REVENUE PROGRAMS THAT RELY ON IN PART A LOCAL LEVIES?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MS. FENSKE?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE OFF TO CHECK ON THAT AND BACK TO YOU. MY PERSPECTIVE IF A PROJECT QUALIFIES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY WHICH WOULD BE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; THAT ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WOULD BE WELCOME BUT THIS WOULD BE AT LEAST ONE SOURCE OF [INAUDIBLE] BUT I CAN GET BACK TO YOU ON THOSE LEVIE S>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER LET US MR. STROM AS WELL TO CLARIFY YOUR QUESTION. MR. STROM>>STAFF: MR. CHAIR REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER; THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN USE SOME OF ITS GENERAL FUND MONEY TO REPAY THAT AND SOME OF THOSE GENERAL FUND MONIES ARE FROM LOCAL LEVY SOURCES. I’M NO T AWARE THIS WOULD INCREASE ANY OF THOSE LEVIES BY ITSELF BUT FOR EXAMPLE; THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USE ITS OPERATING REFERENDUM TO BE BACK PART OF THE LONGER IT COULD DO THAT BECAUSE THAT’S IN A DESIGNATED REVENUE SOURCE DO WE NOT INCREASE THE OPERATING ROUND OF RANDOM [INAUDIBLE]>>REPRESENTATIVE DETTMER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL SCHOOLS ARE LOOKING AT WAYS OF PICKING UP COSTS ON THEIR ENERGY BILLS.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. BE REP HE CHRISTIANSEN; LIN E 1.18; WOULD YOU TELL US WHY YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY DEFINED IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO MEAN INDEPENDENT OR SPECIAL? YOU MIGHT BE REFERRING TO MINNEAPOLIS AS A SPECIAL COULD I’M NOT SURE IS THERE A REASON WE DEFINE IT DIFFERENTLY FROM WHAT WE TYPICALLY DO IN STATUTE?>>REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTENSEN: MR. CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON; I HAVE TO BACK TO ON THAT. I HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITION MYSELF BEFORE I RESPOND>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN LEXAPRO THIS TO MR. STROM AS WELL. MR. STROM>>STAFF: MR. CHAIR AND REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF SCHOOL DISTRICT MINNESOTA A MOST ALL OUR INDEPENDENCE WILL DISAPPEAR ANY OF US IN SOUTH ST. PAUL ARE THE TWO SPECIAL DISTRICTS AND THAT THERE ARE TWO COMMON DISTRICTS; FRANCONIA AND [INAUDIBLE] AND NEITHER OF THOSE DOES EXCEL BUILDINGS. SO MY GUESS IS THE DEFINITION HERE IS FOR THOSE THAT ACTUALLY HAVE [INAUDIBLE].>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN; I ALSO WAS LOOKING AT 120 3B .65 ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS LEGISLATION COULD WITH THIS PROJECT THAT YOU ARE RECOMMENDING AND 1148 BE SUBJECT TO THIS ONE 20 3B .25?>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON WERE USING THE REFERENCE TO 120 3B>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: IT’S NOT IN THE BILL. I’M JUST REFERENCING THAT A STATUTE THAT WE HAVE. THIS PROPOSAL 1140 WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THAT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN MS. FENSKE MR. STROM.>>REPRESENTATIVE HILSTROM:>>STAFF: MR. CHAIR REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON MINNESOTA STATUT ES HAVE STATUTES IN [INAUDIBLE] ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT PROVISION. ONCE THAT AUTHORIZES SCHOOLS TO DO IS ENTER INTO CERTAIN ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONTRACTS WITH ESSENTIALLY ENERGY SYSTEM PROVIDERS AND ALLOWS [INAUDIBLE] FROM THO SE ENERGY-EFFICIENT ACTIVITIES TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE PROVIDER. SO ESSENTIALLY WHAT THAT IS DOING IS ALLOWING A WAY AROUND THAT CONTRACTING PROCEDURES SO THAT IF A PARTICULAR SYSTEM CAME IN AND SAID WERE COMPANY CAME IN AND SAID WE WILL MANAGER HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM FOR YOU TO CONTRACT WITH THE AMOUNT TO PAY THAT THEY WOULD MAKE THE ENERGY IMPROVEMENT THEMSELVES AS OFTEN WITH THE THIRD-PARTY ENERGY MANAGER. IN THE OLDEST COMPANIES LIKE JOHNSON CONTROLS ARE THE ONES THAT OFTEN ENTERED CONTRACT. THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES HONEYWELL AND OTHERS THAT DID WORK LIKE THIS AS WELL BUT THAT IS THE HISTORY OF 120 3B AN D IT GENERALLY HAS TO DO WITH THE THIRD-PARTY BEEN INVOLVED IN MANAGING THE FACILITIES ENERGY.>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN; WOULD YOU CLARIFY FOR US THOUGH WHETHER OR NOT THIS PROPOSAL YOU BRINGING FORTH WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THIS AS WELL? JUST BECAUSE THIS IS AS MR. SOME POINTED OUT; ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT AS WELL AND WAS TO MIGHT HAVE TO BE LINKED TOGETHER; I WOULD THINK OR COULD BE.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: MS. PHYSICALLY CAN HELP ALL WITH THAT?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE WE BELIEVE IT COULD BE LIKE TO IT COULD BE A WAY TO FINANCE THOSE TYPES OF PROJECTS>>REPRESENTATIVE ERICKSON: THANK YOU.>>CHAIR DAVNIE:>>TESTIFIER: WE SEE A LOT OF TYPES OF FINANCING 11 WHAT’S WHAT MAKES IT CREATIVE AND TO THE SOUNDS A LOT OF SCHOOLS CANNOT GET IT DONE SO THERE’S A GENERAL [INAUDIBLE] FUND SCHOOLS CAN TAP INTO ON TOP OF THE MORE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS IT SHOULD BE MAY BE A TWO-PART SOLUTION BUT YOU ARE STILL GOING TO SEE THE PARTIES WANT TO POTENTIALLY ON SOLAR ARRAYS AND WHATNOT ON THESE BUILDINGS. WERE NOT NECESSARILY LOOK AT IT AS AN EITHER OR. I THINK BY HAVING A POOL IT ALLOWS SCHOOLS THAT DON’T NECESSARILY WANT A THIRD-PARTY TO OWN IT. BECAUSE OF A THIRD-PARTY ONSET AND A COST MORE MONEY. SO IT SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE TO DO THAT.>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU. REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTIANSEN ANY CLOSING COMMENTS? A>>REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTENSEN: NO. I LIKE TO THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND THANK YOU COMMITTEE FOR CONSIDERING THE BILL I THINK THE SCHOOLS COULD USE A LITTLE BREAK I THINK THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR IT. SO THANKS SO MUCH>>CHAIR DAVNIE: THANK YOU SO MUCH. TO REPRESENTATIVE KOTYZA-WITTHUN AND SHE REVENUE THE MOTION WHEN SHE’S IN THE ROOM? THE CHAIR RENEWS REPRESENTATIVE KOTYZA-WITTHUN’S MOTION HOUSE FILE 1148 BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE FUTURE DIVISION REPORT. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. REMINDER AGAIN MEMBERS; WE ARE MEETING BOTH TOMORROW;; WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING AS WAS AT THE TIMESLOT . LOTS OF CONVERSATION AHEAD OF US. WITH THAT WE STAND ADJOURNED. YOU VERY MUCH.>>[GAVEL]>>[ADJOURNMENT]>>

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