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ISD 279 School Board Approves 2017 Legislative Platform

Jan 19, 2017 06:11PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Osseo Area Schools - ISD 279

As part of the consent agenda at the Jan. 17 meeting, the ISD 279 School Board approved a 2017 legislative platform.

According to a document presented at the meeting, the legislative platform includes:

Strengthen the ability of school districts to retain the most effective teachers by modifying the Continuing Contract Statute. 

Fulfill the state’s commitment to fund certain special education costs by increasing special education funding to 100% of the state’s statutory obligation by FY 2021.  

Expand the allowable uses of the building lease levy and longterm facilities maintenance revenue to include remodeling of existing space, expanding facilities for instructional space, and modifying buildings to enhance safety and security.

Support voluntary pre-kindergarten by providing funding to ensure that school-based programs have the essential components of high-quality programs, including licensed teachers, support staff, transportation and classroom space.

Make FY 2015 funding for compensatory pilot grants ongoing for FY 2018 and later.

Ensure annual increases to the basic formula linked to inflation to provide stable, predictable funding.

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