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Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the Minneapolis Public Schools before:

  • The Minnesota Legislature;
  • The Executive branch, from the Governor's office to Executive agencies; and
  • Minnesota's Congressional delegation.

Our goal: Secure the public policy reforms and resources needed to ensure that all students learn.

Get Involved: The MPS Parent Legislative Action Committee is open to all parents and community members.  Email Josh Downham to get involved.

The 2018 legislative session begins on February 20, 2018.  Even numbered sessions typically focus on bonding for infrastructure projects, non-budget policy changes and biennial budget adjustments to ensure the state budget is balanced.  While lawmakers and the Governor are not focused on providing additional funding for schools, it is important that parents and staff stay engaged.  The draft 2018 Minneapolis Schools' legislative agenda focuses on a few key issues:

  • Ensuring policy makers understand the impacts of underfunding special education services
  • Advocating for Teacher Retirement Association reforms that ensure the long term viability of the fund without taking additional resources from classrooms
  • Supporting investments in families to create greater economic stability
  • Promoting strategic investments in proven programs such as early middle college and teacher residency and Grow Your Own programs.

To learn more, you may review the 2018 legislative agenda, memo to MPS Board and the board resolution.