MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail


TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: January 24, 2013


Commissioner’s Message Regarding Governor Dayton’s Budget Proposal

Governor Dayton released his budget for the next biennium. The budget affirms his commitment to fairness, responsibility and smart investments that will strengthen our education system, grow jobs and reform state government to make it work better for Minnesotans. Included is a $343 million investment in E-12 education – the largest the state has seen in over five years. See Commissioner Brenda Cassellius’ message. View budget on the Minnesota Management and Budget Website. Read press release on Governor’s Website.

Please join Commissioner Cassellius, Dr. Tom Melcher and MDE Senior Staff for a Public Briefing of Governor Dayton’s Education Budget – Friday, January 25

The Association of Metropolitan School Districts has offered to host a public briefing tomorrow regarding the governor’s recommendations for education funding.

The briefing is open to ALL superintendents and business managers across the state.  It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the TIES Building in St. Paul. Locate TIES.  For those who are unable to travel to St. Paul, the briefing will be live-streamed. Access the live-streamed briefing from TIES.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to get an in-depth look at the governor’s budget and how it would impact funding for Minnesota schools.

Governor’s Recommendations Summary by District

View a summary impact of the governor's E-12 recommendations on school district and charter school revenue, aid and levy for FY 2014 and FY 2015, available on the Minnesota Department of Education website. View the Governor’s Recommendations Summary by District.

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents

Many thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s conference call. Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano and Assistant Commissioner Rose Hermodson provided an overview of the governor’s budget recommendations.

Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, began the session with a motivational presentation about We Act and We Day. We Act is a full-year service-learning program that engages the school community in at least one local and one global service action. We Day, which is coming in October, brings together a generation of youth to be engaged in changing the world through an inspirational free event and year-long educational initiative. Districts can sign-on as a partner district, or individual schools can sign-on. More information about We Act/We Day in Minnesota is coming in early February. See more information about We Day on the Free the Children Website. View segment from 60 Minutes on the Free the Children Website. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20.