2013 Legislative Testimony

Selected Testimony on Education Issues during 2013 Legislative Session

May 29, 2013 – Testimony by Dan Larson, teacher, to the Board of the East Metro Integration District (EMID): “These two schools are a model for the entire state of Minnesota. And while they may seem lost as of today, we make this public declaration: we will continue our work to preserve them.”

April 12, 2013 – Letter from Parents United to the members of the House of Representatives, urging support for the assessment provisions in the Omnibus Education Finance bill: “This is what our students need and what Minnesota needs.”

April 4, 2013 – Testimony by Jerry Von Korff, school board member from District 742, to House Education Finance Committee: “For Districts like ours, operating referendums are absolutely necessary revenue sources without which we cannot meet our constitutional responsibility to provide education which the state requires us to deliver.”

April 4, 2013 – Letter from education organizations to House Education Finance Committee on referendum renewal by board approval: “City councils and county boards have the authority to levy property taxes to manage their budgets and respond to the needs of their constituents. Our school boards, who are elected by the same voters, should at least have the ability to continue a funding level that has previously been approved by the voters.”

April 2, 2013 – Testimony by Shawn Springob, parent from Cambridge-Isanti school district, to Senate E-12 Education Committee: “I am outraged and that is why I am here. I can’t believe that our state has become as complacent as it has.”

February 27, 2013 – Testimony by Mary Cecconi, Parents United’s Executive Director, to House Tax Committee about the Governor’s proposed budget: “The Governor’s tax plan is the first step we’ve seen to raise taxes at the state level to try and make up for the billion dollar property tax buy down that has haunted Minnesota’s state budget for a decade. ”

February 27, 2013 – Testimony by Jeff VanWychen, Director of Tax Policy and Analysis for Minnesota 2020, to House Tax Committee about the Governor’s proposed budget: “…the level of revenue in the Governor’s budget is necessary given the decline in public investments over the last decade and it can be achieved without increasing our Price of Government.”

February 19, 2013 – Testimony by Dr. Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation President and CEO, to House Education Policy and House Education Finance committees : “No matter how small or large, no matter how wealthy or poor, I can tell you that when communities are hopeful and open to possibilities, they claim their futures and make ambitious choices.”

February 14, 2013 – Introduction to Achievement and Integration bill by Rep. Carlos Mariani, the bill’s author, in House Education Policy: “It is my desire that…we act this year and continue our historic commitment to racial integration and equal opportunity for all of our public schools students.”

February 14, 2013 – Testimony from ISAIAH in House Education Policy: “As people of faith, we deeply believe that healthy, equitable communities are possible.”

February 12, 2013 – Letter from education organizations to House Education Finance Committee: “We do believe that one-time solutions, such as the payment shifts, should be used sparingly and should not be relied upon to address long-term structural deficits.”

January 30, 2013 – Speech by Tracine D. Asberry, Ed.D., at the Racial Equity Rally at the State Capitol.

January 29, 2013 – Testimony by Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education, to the Senate Education Policy Committee.

January 29, 2013 – Testimony by Libby Kantner, SEIU Local 284, to the House Education Finance Committee.

January 22, 2013 – Testimony on Assessment to House Education Policy Committee, by Matthew Mohs, Interim Chief Academic Officer, St. Paul Public Schools.