MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

February 14, 2013

Commissioner Cassellius Statement on Introduction of Governor Dayton’s Education Budget in Senate and House

Governor Dayton’s education budget bill was introduced in the House and Senate today. Authored by Senate and House education chairs Senator Chuck Wiger and Representative Paul Marquart, the bill calls for $344 million in new investments for preschool through grade 12. Read Commissioner Cassellius’ statement.

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – February 20, 2013

Superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly conference call with Commissioner Cassellius on Wednesday, February 20th, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you tomorrow, February 15th.

Commissioner Cassellius has New Assistant

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Vincent as Commissioner Cassellius’ new executive aide. Ms. Vincent previously worked in the department’s Communications and Government Relations offices, and looks forward to getting to know you through her new role at the agency. She replaced Jeanne Hall who retired in December.

ACTION ITEMS

Students with Disabilities in Extracurricular Athletics

The U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter regarding the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular athletics. The Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) provides an overview of the obligations of public elementary and secondary schools under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Department’s Section 504 regulations; cautions schools against making decisions based on presumptions and stereotypes; details the specific Section 504 regulations that require students with disabilities to have an equal opportunity for participation in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities; and discusses the provision of separate or different athletic opportunities.

View a copy of the U.S. Department of Education’s DCL (HTML).

View a copy of the U.S. Department of Education’s DCL (PDF).

SFY 2012 Federal Requirements for Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for Special Education Services

Read the memorandum from Carol Hokenson, manager of General and Special Education Funding and Data, regarding SFY 2012 Federal Requirements for Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for Special Education Services.

For assistance with questions, contact Michael Brooks (651-582-8240).