“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
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.