2020 Priorities

 2020 Centennial ISD 12 Legislative Priorities
 

 Priority #1: School Safety Aid to Keep Students and Staff Safe

  • One-time, school safety aid dollars passed in the 2019 legislative session. Centennial received $227,000.
  • The passage of the 2018 levy funds the enclosure of the “link” that will connect the two high school buildings and the hiring of additional hall monitors at the middle school and high school to help ensure safety during the school day.
  • The passage of the 2014 levy enabled the District to make safety and security upgrades at school sites.
  • The District also implemented A.L.I.C.E., a threat response protocol, in 2015 that offers options to students and staff in dealing with an armed intruder situation. In 2019, the District trained staff on the reunification process which would take place if an incident warranted a school evacuation.


 Priority #2: Legislation on Equalizing Levy Dollars

  • A student’s zip code should not determine the quality of education the child receives.
  • Taxpayers in low-property wealth districts struggle to afford large school levies, which creates funding inequities among districts.
  • This unfair tax advantage for high-wealth districts results in significant disparities in educational opportunities.
  • The Legislature has made some progress to increase the state equalization aid amounts that help reduce property taxes for school levies, particularly in low property value districts.

 

Priority #3: Legislation on Controlling Districts’ Costs of Providing Special Education Services Cross-Subsidy 

  • In the mid-70’s the federal government determined that special education children would be better served in public schools than in homes or institutions.
  • Federal or state governments have never funded the entire cost of mandated special education services.
  • The cost to Centennial for providing special education is $5 million annually. This cost has doubled in less than 20 years.
  • This school year, more than 1,000 Centennial students receive special services.

 

Contact Information for Legislators:

 

Senator Roger Chamberlain

95 University Avenue West
Minnesota Senate Building, Room 3225
Saint Paul, MN 55155

sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn

651.296.1253 

Senator Jerry Newton

95 University Avenue West
Minnesota Senate Building, Room 2411
Saint Paul, MN 55155

sen.jerry.newton@senate.mn

651.296.2556 

Representative Linda Runbeck

253 State Office Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155

rep.linda.runbeck@house.mn

651.296.2907 

Representative Nolan West

377 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

rep.nolan.west@house.mn

651.296.5489