Tom Melcher is the Director of the Program Finance Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The Division provides support to state policy-makers in developing and evaluating education finance policy; implements the state’s pre K-12 education finance program by determining state aid entitlements and property tax levy limitations for local education agencies; maintains the state’s Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS), Minnesota Automated Reporting for Students System (MARSS) and Electronic Data Reporting System (EDRS) for special education data; administers agency programs relating to school facilities, pupil transportation, and school district organization; and provides financial management assistance to local education agencies.
Tom has 27 years of experience in the Program Finance Division at the Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Florida. Before joining the Department, Tom worked as a research analyst with the Institute for Education Finance at the University of Florida, and was an assistant business manager with the Collier County, Florida Public Schools.
Summer STEM Activities
School may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean learning has to! In fact, it is vital that it doesn’t. Over the summer, students can lose the equivalent of two months of their grade-level math and reading skills. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) put together a list of 20 Super Cool, simple (and FUN!) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break.