“We can never underestimate the power of words and their impact on others, especially children. As a parent, an educator and the state’s education commissioner, I find it troubling that anyone—especially an adult—would use social media or any platform to make light of serious issues facing young people or to perpetuate stereotypes.
This is the kind of behavior that we teach our children is wrong.
Our schools have worked hard to create academically rich, safe and welcoming environments where children thrive and are free from bullying.
While the Department of Education appreciates the work we have done collaboratively with Clear Channel Communications to promote literacy, we have asked them to pull all Department of Education sponsored public service announcements from their stations.”
Josh Collins, Director of Communications
Back-to-School Leadership Conference
FinnFest Education Forum
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference, August 5-6. Bring your team! NOTE: The Back-to-School Leadership Conference has been designed to be compatible with the agenda for the FinnFest Education Forum scheduled on August 6-7. At FinnFest, participants are invited to join the discussion with education experts from Finland and the U.S. and create an action plan to address the needs of the next generation. Register for 2014 Leadership Conference.