MSBA Day at the Capitol was held Monday, March 19, 2018, at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, located at 161 St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul.

Join MSBA for a day of advocacy in St. Paul. You'll network with other school board members and school leaders, study issues of importance, and engage your local legislative leaders.

REGISTRATION: MSBA Day at the Capitol will return in 2019.

  • Advance registration: $20 | Price includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.
  • Walk-in registration: $30

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge at 651-227-8711 and ask for the "MSBA room rate." Note: Room pricing depends on availability.


Day at the Capitol Agenda

Acccess a PDF of the Day at the Capitol agenda.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge

7:30 a.m. Check-in

8 a.m. Continental Breakfast — Capitol Hill Hall

8:30 a.m. Welcome — Kirk Schneidawind, MSBA Executive Director

8:45 a.m. Your Advocacy Matters — MSBA's Denise Dittrich and Kimberley Dunn Lewis

9:15 a.m. Issues You Need to Know for a Successful Lobbying Day at the Capitol

  • Policy and Finance Issues — MSBA's Grace Keliher


10 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m. State Senate and House Office Meetings (scheduled by board members*) 


Hot Topics Presentations:

  • TRA: Is 2018 the Year? — John Wickland (Teachers Retirement Association)
  • Special Education: Where is the Breakdown? — Tom Melcher (Minnesota Department of Education)
  • School Safety: The New Normal — Randy Johnson (Minnesota School Safety Center)
  • Federal Tax Bill: Will Minnesota Conform? — Paul Cummmings (Minnesota Department of Revenue)


Lunch will be provided during one of our breaks in between speakers.


Around the State Capitol Building

1 p.m. State Capitol Building, Room 316 — Conversations with Legislative Leaders


State Senate and House Office Meetings (scheduled by board members*)

3 p.m. House Floor Session* — State Capitol Building, Second Floor (optional)


Senate E-12 Finance Committee Meeting — Minnesota Senate Building, Room 1100 (optional)

*Please feel free to attend your previously scheduled meetings with your elected representatives from 10 a.m. to noon OR from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Another option is to ask your state representative to leave the floor session to meet with you outside the House chambers.

Here is a list of issues in the Governor's Supplemental Budget

MSBA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Meeting Participants for MSBA Day at the Capitol

(1) If a pre-registered participant cancels any time prior to the date registration closes, MSBA will fully refund the registration fee.

(2) If a pre-registered participant cancels between the date registration closes until the time the MSBA-sponsored event/activity begins, he/she will be charged an administration fee of $20.

(3) Once an event/activity begins, all registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.