Legislative platform for 2020The primary mission of Anoka-Hennepin Schools is to effectively educate each student for success. The district serves 39,244 students and over 245,000 residents living in 13 communities spread across 172 square miles. Anoka-Hennepin Schools operates 26 elementary schools, six middle schools, and five high schools, plus alternative middle and high school sites. The student demographic profile includes 36% students of color, and 7% English learner students. Additionally, 36% of students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch status, and 15% of students are receiving special education services.
Support schools through policy action
State policies are the framework for school board policy and decision-making. Most often, state policy that allows schools to make decisions grounded in local needs is preferable. Specifically, we ask the legislature to:
- Continue to address policy areas within Special Education statutes and rules where long-term costs can be contained while maintaining quality programs.
- Maintain the current tiered licensure structure, which ensures high standards for educators while creating pathways for other professionals, and teachers from other states, to enter the Minnesota teaching ranks.
- Eliminate the requirement that links a portion of compensatory revenue to extended day programming, and allow districts to again use the resources for student interventions and supports that best meet the student’s needs.
Continue to invest in school safety
Students increasingly need additional services so they can succeed academically. Schools need the resources to meet those needs, and ensure an environment of learning. We ask the legislature to:
- Support sustainable funding through the safe schools levy to support School Safety Officers, and the staff in our schools that support student mental and chemical health challenges.