New Legislation – Overview of Achievement and Integration for Minnesota
The 2013 Education Omnibus bill provides details on Minnesota’s Achievement and Integration program (see HF 630 Article 3, Sec. 29, Subd. 18). Read about this new program as it relates to FY 2014 and FY 2015 budget and plan requirements.

Purpose
The purpose of this program is to pursue racial and economic integration, increase student achievement, and reduce academic disparities in Minnesota’s public schools.

Eligibility
Districts eligible to participate in this program include those required to submit an integration plan under Minnesota School Desegregation/Integration Rules 3535.0100-0180 and those districts with a collaborative integration plan on file with the commissioner during FY 2013.

Currently, 134 school districts receive funding from this program. Participation is determined by the number of protected-class students relative to the number of protected-class students in adjoining districts or schools as reported in districts’ October 1 child count.

Guidance and Technical Assistance
In order to support districts’ efforts to develop achievement integration plans consistent with statute, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) staff will provide written guidance as well as ongoing technical assistance to districts during the 2013-14 school year.

District Note
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The January 15 open enrollment deadline does not apply for students transferring into or out of a district with a desegregation plan. Download the FY 2014 list of districts with a desegregation plan.

In addition to using the resources on this webpage, staff in eligible achievement and integration districts may receive electronic updates on the achievement and integration program. Sign up to receive this e-bulletin from MDE by sending your current email address to mde.integration@state.mn.us.