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ROSEVILLE – The 2013 Legislative Session was one of the most productive and successful education sessions in recent history, marked by its nearly half-billion investment in early learning and K-12 education, and for the bold strategies it delivers to help close achievement gaps, provide meaningful feedback to parents and teachers, and better meet the needs of Minnesota’s increasingly diverse student body.
To more closely review that progress and recognize the work of teachers, parents and other key stakeholders who made it possible, the Minnesota Department of Education is bringing together members of three task forces this Wednesday. The support and partnership of these task forces was crucial to the success the education bill signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton this past May. The groups include the Education Finance Working Group, the Assessment and Accountability Working Group, and the Integration Revenue Replacement Task Force.
“The input and recommendations of the working groups was invaluable,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “The influence of their work can be seen in nearly every new policy and budget provision Governor Dayton signed into law.”
A special meeting will be held at the Minnesota Department of Education office Wednesday, July 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. At the meeting Commissioner Cassellius will review the outcomes of the 2013 education omnibus bills as they directly relate to the work of the working groups and task force, and provide a brief update on how these provisions will be implemented.
Members of the task forces included parents, educators, business and nonprofit leaders, and elected officials. Their work began in 2011 and culminated in delivering recommendations to Commissioner Cassellius in 2012, which informed the administration’s legislative agenda around education.
Media are invited to attend Wednesday’s forum. Commissioner Cassellius and task force members will be available for comments immediately following the meeting.