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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2012

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 (o) 651-308-2252 (c) keith.hovis@state.mn.us

Commissioner Cassellius Releases Statement on Minnesota’s Receipt of $5.9 Million for School Improvement Grant Program

ROSEVILLE – Today, Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement following Minnesota’s receipt of $5.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The funds will be used to turn around persistently low-achieving schools throughout the state.

"Today’s announcement is recognition from the U.S. Department of Education that Minnesota is serious about getting results for our kids. These funds will allow us to work more strategically with districts on implementing successful turnaround plans for our priority and focus schools.

"Minnesota is faced with one of the widest achievement gaps in the nation, and we must intervene urgently with our lowest performing district and charter public schools to ensure the highest quality for our kids. We can no longer economically or morally look the other way as children attend schools we know don't meet the standard for what we would expect for our own children.

“I want to thank the Obama administration and the U.S. DOE for standing with Minnesota on behalf of our youth.”