Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/25/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Reports and Communications from the Board Clerk/Chief Officer, Office of Board Governance
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Monthly Report, with Possible Action, on Legislative Activities Affecting MPS
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: BG 2.13 - Board Legislation Program
File Attachment:
Background: MPS continues to work with the Council of the Great City Schools and our large urban district partners to advocate for the additional federal resources school districts will need as we head into the upcoming school year.

School districts across the country are developing emergency remote learning options even as they plan for safety protocols for students in the midst of the pandemic. These options are necessary and come at greater expense at a time when state budgets are being negatively impacted by the unprecedented financial impact of Covid 19.

While the HEROES Act has been passed by the House of Representatives, as of this writing, the bill has not been taken up in the Senate. We would like to thank Senator Baldwin for her support in calling for additional funding for public schools and also extend our thanks to Congresswoman Moore, for her continuing, strong support for MPS students. We will need to continue to push to ensure appropriate levels of support are provided to schools.

At the state level, we continue to anticipate that a fiscal report will be provided by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, in late July. That report will provide a better understanding of the potential need for a state level “budget repair bill.” At this moment, the general belief is that we would not see a budget repair bill taken up until after the elections in November. A repair bill would likely mean significant funding cuts at the local level.

The priority at this moment is to advocate as strongly as possible at the federal level to protect students from significant program cuts.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan The district will continue to pursue appropriate support for students as part of the MPS Legislative Agenda.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Chris Thiel - Legislative Policy Specialist
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer