I Really Hoped I Was Going to be Right

I really hoped I was going to be right. We were working through a bipartisan K-12 Education Budget, when the Governor threatened a veto. Even with that over our heads, my DFL and GOP colleagues worked hard to come up with a good budget; one that

– Increased money in the classroom by 1.5% in the first year and 2% in the second year of the budget
– Helped school districts maintain their buildings
– Added $60 million to early learning scholarships and school readiness programs

The link below is to a good article by SW media/Shakopee Valley News where Rep. Bob Loonan and I talk about Education and Transportation. I don’t sound too bad given I had only had 4 hours sleep each of the previous 3 nights.

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October 17, 2014                                                     Contact: Maureen Watson   651.296.5245

Senator Eric Pratt Named “Education Champion” by MinnCAN

St Paul, MN – Senator Eric Pratt is one of six legislators named an “Education Champion” by the education advocacy nonprofit group MinnCAN.  Pratt received the recognition on MinnCAN’s annual legislative scorecard given to legislators “who go above and beyond to ensure all kids have access to a great public school.”

“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Pratt.  “I do believe making sure our students have access to a quality education and effective teachers is the key to their long-term success.  I will continue to make that a priority while I serve in the State Senate.”

MinnCAN: The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now is an education reform advocacy nonprofit dedicated to enacting smart public policies to ensure that every Minnesota child has access to a great public school.  More information on MinnCAN and their scorecard can be found on their website at

August 2014 – Legislative update

• Minnesota Students Come First for Senator Pratt.
• Caring for the Elderly and Disabled.
• $90 Million Office Building for Politicians Approved.
• MNsure Healthcare Takeover.
• Prioritizing Scott County Roads.
• Senator Pratt is Working for You at the Capita;.
And more!

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August 2014 Legislative Update

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Senator Eric Pratt receives Association of Metropolitan School Districts’ 2014 Friend of Public Education Award.

ST. PAUL – The Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) will award Senator Eric Pratt with its Friend of Public Education Award on Friday, August 8, 2014 at its Board of Director’s Meeting (TIES Building Grand Hall 1667 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, 55108).  The AMSD Friend of Public Education Award is given to state policymakers or citizens who demonstrate exceptional leadership, advocacy and support of public education and issues important to metropolitan school districts.

Sen. Pratt was selected for the AMSD Friend of Public Education award because of his outstanding contributions to public education in the 2014 session.  Sen. Pratt has been a strong supporter of local control and respecting the rights of locally-elected school boards.  He was instrumental in forging a compromise on the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, working across party lines to secure important changes to make the legislation less burdensome for school districts while still protecting students and staff.  Sen. Pratt also provided critical leadership and worked diligently to make important changes to proposed health insurance legislation impacting school districts.

“AMSD members are extremely thankful for the outstanding, bi-partisan leadership provided by Sen. Pratt,” noted AMSD Executive Director Scott Croonquist. He quickly recognized the impact proposed legislation could have on local school districts and worked diligently to address those concerns.”

“Sen. Pratt has a keen understanding of the issues faced by local school boards. He understands the issues metro districts face and we are thankful to have him working on behalf of Minnesota school districts and their students at the Capitol.” said Holly Parker, chair of AMSD and a member of the Eden Prairie School Board.

.  Sen. Pratt was elected to the Senate in 2012 and represents the Belle Plaine, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Jordan, Lakeville, Prior Lake-Savage and Bloomington school districts.  Before becoming a legislator, Senator Pratt served as chairman and as treasurer of the Prior Lake-Savage School Board.

About AMSD
In existence since 1974, AMSD represents 38 K-12 school districts, four intermediate/educational cooperative districts, three integration districts, and almost one half of the state’s students.  While AMSD’s primary task is to lobby at the state level for the needs of metropolitan school districts, it also is a highly respected source of information for member districts, legislators, the media, and parent advocacy groups on issues ranging from funding to policy.

August 2013 – Legislative update

• Our Government should be more efficient, not more expensive.
• New Laws effective August 1, 2013
• Minnesota Children’s Museum opens Smart Play Spot at the Shakopee Library.
• Around District 55…
And more!

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August 2013 Legislative Update