Minnesota HF 2766 Is Born!

Minnesota HF 2766 was “born” just days ago!!  It’s now TIME TO ACT and call all our education committee chairs and members. More information on action coming up!  But first, some information about the bill.
Chief Co-Author of the Bill is Rep. Jason Isaacson (DFL) and Rep. Jim Abeler co-authored/originated.  The bill has been referred to the House Education Policy Committee (Rep. Carlos Mariani, Chair) and House Education Finance Committee (Rep. Paul Marquart, Chair).  We now await a “hearing” of the bill.  That “hearing” is scheduled by Rep. Mariani and Rep. Marquart. 
HF 2766 is primarily about data collection, storage, outcome, personally identifiable information, opting out of data collection and maintaining integrity of the standards and autonomy of our state’s education.  Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.32, subdivision 5, would be amended to read:
 “…at the time a governmental entity collects personally identifiable information about a student, the agency or institution must provide an eligible student or a parent with a reasonable opportunity to refuse to let any state agency or state institution disclose personally identifiable information about the student to any third party or to any governmental entity over which the state of Minnesota, a school district, or a school has no direct control.”
MACC members have voiced their concerns about the quality of the Common Core Standards.  Many are also concerned about the lobbyist organizations, CCSSO/NGA, who hold a copyright on the standards.  Only those two trade groups may amend the standards.  Others are concerned about local control of our Independent School Districts.  Section 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 120B.021, would be amended by adding a subdivision to read:
     Subd. 5.  Maintaining the integrity of state academic standards and state educational autonomy.  Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, the state may exit any agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium that cedes control of Minnesota’s state academic standards, curriculum, or related benchmarks to any other entity, including a federal agency or consortium, for any reason, including:
1. the cost of developing or implementing state academic standards or related benchmarks;
2. the proposed academic standards or benchmarks are inconsistent  with state accountability measures or community expectations or values; or
3. the agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium;
i. was entered into in violation of part 9, Implementing Federal Programs Act, or
title 63J, chapter 5, Federal Funds Procedures Act;
ii. conflicts with state law;
iii. requires student data to be included in a national or multistate data base; or
iv. imposes curriculum, assessment, or data tracking requirements on nonpublic or home school students.
The third and last section allows parents an opportunity to opt out of data collection if that collection becomes personally identifiable information and prevention of unauthorized access by “a school district, a school, and the commissioners of education, higher education, and employment and economic development”.
Please read the bill in its entirety.
HF 2766 as introduced – 88th Legislature (2013 – 2014)
700 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 ♦ Phone: (651) 296-2868 ♦ TTY: 1-800-627-3529 ♦ Fax: (651) 296-0569

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