HF 116 School Boards to have Sole Authority to Renew Expiring Referendums

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HF 116 School Boards to have Sole Authority to Renew Expiring Referendums

According to HF 116 expiring referendums may be renewed by school district authority alone thereby removing local taxpayer authority.  In each subdivision sector voter approval is not a necessity.

This bills makes clear the importance of School Board members who understand their role as servants of the community.  Now more than ever, School Board members must choose to engage the public should this kind of policy pass.

HF 116 is authored by Representative Freiberg. Co-authors include L Carlson, Bernardy, Lillie, Davnie, Youakim, Elkins, Bierman, Beccker-Finn. This bill has been advancing committee to committee.

The companion bill, SF 109 is authored by Senator Rest. Co-authors include Wiger, Isaacson and Latz. The Senate bill is not moving at this point.

If this bill concerns you, call your representative and senator. Call them today and call them often! We advocate having their phone and email contacts ready to go this session.

HF 116

A bill for an act
relating to education; authorizing school districts to renew expiring referendums
by action of school board; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 126C.17,
by adding a subdivision.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 126C.17, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

Subd. 9b.

Renewal by school board.

(a) Notwithstanding the election requirements of
subdivision 9, a school board may renew an expiring referendum by board action if:

(1) the per-pupil amount of the referendum is the same as the amount expiring, or for
an expiring referendum that was adjusted annually by the rate of inflation, the same as the
per-pupil amount of the expiring referendum, adjusted annually for inflation in the same
manner as if the expiring referendum had continued;

(2) the term of the renewed referendum is no longer than the initial term approved by
the voters; and

(3) the school board has adopted a written resolution authorizing the renewal after holding
a meeting and allowing public testimony on the proposed renewal.

(b) The resolution must be adopted by the school board by June 15 of any calendar year
and becomes effective 60 days after its adoption.

(c) A referendum expires in the last fiscal year in which the referendum generates revenue
for the school district. A school board may renew an expiring referendum under this
subdivision not more than two fiscal years before the referendum expires.

(d) A district renewing an expiring referendum under this subdivision must submit a
copy of the adopted resolution to the commissioner and to the county auditor no later than
September 1 of the calendar year in which the levy is certified.


This section is effective July 1, 2019.

CDC to Totally Transform Schools

CDC Guidelines for Schools 2020
CDC to Totally Transform Schools
Based on CDC guidelines to reopen schools which are under review and ABCNews coverage, this is what the new school environment will look like. Perhaps 12 children to a class spaced apart six feet and all wearing masks. Never to congregate. What about music? drama? art? sports? It doesn’t look good for those subjects. Two articles are linked at the end regarding K-12 schools and childcare.
Teachers: Your role is looking less and less. The online curriculum companies will lead class. We all know that this has been coming! DeVos is sending a boatload of money to the states to enact machine learning. As for home school, many can point to the Harvard conference coming up in June. The goal of the conference is to rid the country of homeschooling.
Feel like we’re all being funneled in a particular direction?
NOW we see the plans that have been discussed for the last 10 years or at least since MACC has been reporting. Via career pathways established when children are very young and based on some data points and predictive health diagnoses, a certain percentage will be ushered off into their jobs/apprenticeships early. Let me say that again. Early, thereby saving more space in the classrooms. That would likely be by the beginning of middle school.
Remember also that the US DOE has been talking about longer days and longer school years. Another scheduling format could be shorter periods at school and rotated with the rest of the school population. This could mean school all year. Why not? It’s been tried in various large cities and it’s a part of our Minnesota statutes already.
NOW is the time to rise up! Stand up for your own and for the children of your community. What is coming is nothing short of the enslavement of the next generation. It is a new system to take over our lives from the very beginning. 
How can you help?
1. Immediately call your senator and representative. Read them these CDC guidelines.
2. Help MACC look for bills that would enforce these and other CDC guidelines upon your family.
3. Be on guard!!!

Browerville Schools to Hold Graduation


Browerville Schools to Celebrate Graduation with Ceremony

Here’s some great news for your day!! Graduates and families everywhere will appreciate this school moving forward to celebrate the K-12 rites of passage. With everyone in 6-week isolation, no doubt this event will be a joyful yet tearful celebration.

Browerville Public Schools will hold graduation outside on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00pm while keeping “adequate safe distance between individuals”.  Parents only are invited to keep the attendance limited.

Browerville has done a great job of working to safe distance graduates and parents under CDC guidelines. They are a small high school and therefore have a small graduating class. Mid and larger high schools could hold smaller groupings of graduates. It’s worth taking up this idea with your school!

Read the public information below.

“After significant discussion and debate, it was determined that Browerville High School will hold the 2020 High School Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00 in the elementary turn around. In order to hold the ceremony, while keeping a adequately safe distance between individuals, we are limiting the attendance to parents of the graduates only, with a maximum of four. Seniors are to be at the high school by noon and meet in the high school gymnasium to line up.

Gowns will be handed out on May 5-8. The price for graduates is $10.00 for the tassel. Honor graduate cost will be $13.00 for a tassel and a cord. High honor graduate cost will be $16.00 for a tassel and two cords. In addition, all lunch charges, shop projects, band charges, and Chromebooks must be paid when caps and gowns are picked up.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all caps and gowns are to be returned to the high school gymnasium.

The district is currently working on having the ceremony live streamed and recorded for replay. Information will follow at a later time.

Please look for a mailing describing the events to come in more detail. Again, thank you for your continued patience and understanding. GO TIGERS!”

For Such a Time As Now: Write or Call Immediately, Tomorrow’s Bill Hearing to Grant “Temporary Authority” to the Dept of Health Commissioner to “delay, waive or modify” our Health Laws Unilaterally

Contact legislature

Link to Draft Bill: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/covid-19/files/DraftCOVIDlegislation.pdf?v=4142020&fbclid=IwAR0SOr6GlMZeBKZmkI3sOM1NMksXgkdP0HGEQLbqPsKhc3qDQL2wJ270kVc

Who Represents Me? https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

For Such a Time As Now!

TO: Representative  _______ or Senator ________,

RE: Revisor # 20-8345

DATE: April 13, 2020

Representative ___________,

Many legislators have been asking for constituent feedback. I have serious concerns and ask for your immediate attention.

The latest draft bill to be considered and passed Tuesday, April 14, 2020 is Revisor # 20-8345.

Under Section 12, the Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner is given unilateral authority “to delay, waive or modify” over 17 Minnesota state law chapters or Rules – by which we are governed – Chapters 8.7, 14, 62D, 62J, 62Q, 144, 144A, 144D, 144G, 144H, 146A, 146B, 148, 149A, 153A, 157, 8.8 214, and 327, and in Minnesota Statutes, sections 256.045, 626.556, and 626.557.

Such authority over public health and personal health decisions should never be held by one person. Section 12 allows the Commissioner to write and pass her own laws without legislative or citizen voice. If passed, there will be no recourse for the voice of our legislative body or citizens through our constituent legislators.

Do not give “temporary authority” to the Commissioner to unilaterally make law in Minnesota. Do not allow the Commissioner to have an additional 60 days of emergency powers beyond the state of emergency.