Published: May 30, 2014
This morning, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was in White Bear Lake, visiting the district’s early education program. Commissioner Cassellius toured the program, taking some time to interact with the kids, before sitting down with staff and parents to discuss the state of early learning and implementation of the state scholarships. To date, state scholarships have made it possible for 23 children in White Bear Lake to enroll in an early learning program.
In 2013, Governor Dayton and the Legislature invested $40 million in scholarships for low-income children to attend high-quality early learning programs; ensuring 8,000 kids will have access to a pre-K program over the biennium. This year, the Legislature added $4.6 million, allowing for 850-900 additional scholarships.
Below are photos from the visit:
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.