The commission begins work on the educational policy bill; vote scheduled for Thursday – Daily session

A slew of potential education policies and changes are expected to be voted on by the House Education Policy Committee in a couple of days.

A guided tour of HF3782, as amended, a comprehensive education policy bill, took place on Tuesday. Testimony on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Pryor (DFL-Minnetonka), is scheduled for Wednesday with amendments expected to be offered and a committee vote Thursday evening.

House Education Policy Committee Considers HF3782, Education Policy Bill 03/19/24

The bill would require school districts and charter schools to adopt a policy on the possession and use of cell phones at school by March 15, 2025. It would also add performance measures for the 2025-26 school year in a Worlds Best Workforce district plan to include participation in honors or gifted and talented programs, and students on track to graduate.

Multilingual learners

A school district could excuse a student’s absence to receive instruction from a tribal cultural or spiritual advisor or to attend an activity for an American Indian cultural practice, observation, or ceremony. It would also allow a student to earn a stamp for demonstrating proficiency in a Native American language and eliminate the requirement that a student demonstrate proficiency in English to earn a stamp.

The bill would also:

  • require a district to provide English learner development instruction, including the district’s Worlds Best Workforce plan, that includes a language access plan to provide effective language assistance to students and adults who communicate in a language other than English;
  • modify the description of the competency required to obtain the Minnesota Certificate of World Language Proficiency; i
  • modify the deadline for notifying parents of an English learner that the student has been enrolled in an English learner instruction program.

Special education teachers

Megan Arriola, legislative coordinator for the Department of Education, answers a question from a member of the House Education Policy Committee after Tuesday’s introduction of HF3782, the education policy bill. (Photo by Michele Jokinen)

To open the doors to more special education teachers in Minnesota, the bill would expand the professional degree, certification and work experience requirements to receive a Level 1 or 2 special education license. It would also modify the requirement to use the portfolio process for a Tier 3 license and would expand eligibility for a Tier 4 license.

A Task Force on Special Education Licensing would be established to review the current legal and regulatory requirements for individuals with a special education license from another state to qualify for a special education license in Minnesota , and make recommendations on statutory or rule changes needed to streamline requirements for out-of-state applicants.

Other provisions of the bill include:

  • allow registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to administer epinephrine auto-injectors in a school setting according to a condition-specific protocol;
  • prohibit a school from placing a teacher on assignment if the teacher has been criminally charged with an offense that requires the person to register as a predatory offender or an offense under a similar law in another state or of the United States;
  • a school district or charter school could not discipline a student journalist for exercising First Amendment rights or freedoms or retaliate against a student media advisor for supporting a student journalist exercising free speech rights ;
  • districts and charter schools should adopt and publish a student reporter policy;
  • beginning October 1, 2024, require a district or charter school, to the extent that space is available, to provide high school students with access during regular school hours and after regular school hours , if the site is available to others, in space that a student may use to receive mental health care via telehealth from a licensed mental health provider;
  • delay a requirement that students complete a government and citizenship course in grade 11 or 12 until the 2025-26 school year; i
  • the Metropolitan Library Service Agency could hire an executive director who does not have a master’s degree in library science.


What’s on the bill?

The following are selected bills that have been fully or partially incorporated into the education policy bill:

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