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Rep. Greg Davids, left, met with Spring Grove School Board member, Thomas Trehus, at the Capitol on April 3.
Submitted photo Rep. Greg Davids, left, met with Spring Grove School Board member, Thomas Trehus, at the Capitol on April 3.
Spring Grove School Board member, Thomas Trehus, joined other school leaders from across the state on Monday, April 3, at the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Day at the Capitol.

Trehus networked with other school board members and school leaders, studied issues of importance, and engaged legislative leaders.

He met with State Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) and several members of the Legislature. Trehus asked legislative leadership to provide a larger E-12 spending budget, at least enough to provide a 2 percent increase on the per pupil formula each year.

“As it stands, the proposal from the majority party in the House and Senate is vastly inadequate,” Trehus pointed out. “However, I am confident our leaders will hear us loud and clear to reach an agreement that will be best for our schools.”

The group also heard about proposals regarding teacher licensure reform, private school tax credits and Teacher Retirement Association (TRA) changes.

One large concern for Trehus is a $54 million proposal in Davids’ tax bill that would provide tax credits to Minnesotans donating money to private institutions.

Trehus raised concerns about the proposal, he said, “What is being proposed is a backdoor voucher system that shifts tax dollars to private schools with zero accountability.”

Trehus said he thanks Davids for listening to the concerns of the school district.