As Director of Government Relations, Daron Korte serves as the primary liaison between the state legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education. Mr. Korte is responsible for monitoring all state and federal legislative activity relating to early childhood and K-12 education in Minnesota. This includes assisting the Commissioner in developing the department's legislative agenda and advocating that agenda at the state legislature. In addition, he is responsible for analyzing pending education legislation, collaborating with education stakeholder groups, and tracking legislative activity. Mr. Korte serves as the department's legal counsel, identifying and analyzing legal issues as they arise and providing advice to the Commissioner and Executive Team.
Mr. Korte's previous role at the department was Deputy Director of Government Relations. Prior to his work at the department, he served as Committee Administrator and Senate Counsel for the Minnesota Senate Education Policy and Finance Committee.
Mr. Korte holds a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois and a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.