Few taskforce ideas used in Governor’s proposal

One of the highlights of my job is the fact that I get to be chair of the Region 2A Minnesota State High School League Board for two years. This year is the last of four years serving on this committee, and February each year brings a highlight for the group.

This is the time that we get to interview and pick the AAA winners for the region composed of winners from each of four sub-sections. Watching and listening to young people as they talk about not only their past accomplishments, but their future hopes and dreams brings a real sense of satisfaction to know that our kids have such great leaders. We have had two sub-section winners since I have been here; Megan Hauser and Molly Larson, and they have both been recognized at a home event.

As many people have read or heard on the news, Governor Dayton came out recently with his new budget proposal for the next biennium. Included in this proposal were his ideas for education finance for the next two years. There was additional monies proposed to education, and all districts would see an increase in funding. There were some major differences in the amounts that districts would receive through these proposals, and our district was, unfortunately, one of the lowest funded districts through these proposals in the state, about 18th from the bottom looking at my quick count, not including a couple of charter schools.

While I am sure that the people who came up with this proposal will get a great deal of advice from any number of different interested parties before this becomes any sort of law for the next couple years, it is somewhat interesting that very few of the ideas coming out of the task force assembled under the direction of the Governor were actually taken into account and used in this proposal. It seems odd to me that folks would work a number of hours at the request of the Governor, and then have nearly all their proposals be ignored.

I am also curious to see what comes of the recommendations that the committee I served on to deal with the graduation exams and high school diplomas will bring as the legislature moves through the session. This has not been brought up to date as far as I know, but I am sure it will get some attention as the session moves along.

These lawmakers have some tough decisions ahead of them that affect thousands of kids in our state. We can hope they keep students at the front of the decision making process. Thanks for your continued support of Central Public Schools. See you in the paper.

Brian Corlett is superintendent of Central Public Schools. Corlett’s Cracker Barrel is a regular feature of The NYA Times.