MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

August 15, 2013

Governor Dayton Asks Superintendents for Ideas to Strengthen Education

Governor Dayton expressed his thanks and unwavering belief in the importance of high-quality teaching during the 2013 Superintendents Conference. He asked administrators and teachers to write down three ideas to strengthen education. The ideas were collected during the conference. The governor also detailed the many accomplishments in education reform and investments made over the past three years and concluded with a reminder of the additional challenges we face and work to be done! Superintendents may still submit ideas by e-mailing them to Thank you!


Commissioner Cassellius Announces Appointments to Task Forces

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced the members appointed to two citizen panels that will provide recommendations to the legislature regarding key education issues: The Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force, and the School Facilities Financing Working Group. See the August 9 press release.


Early Education Student – Training Sessions for Phase I and II Districts

Seeking information about Early Education Student? This is the process to report a state student identifier, also known as the MARSS number, to children enrolled in ECFE and School Readiness. Choose ONE of the following times to attend a teleconference regarding the process to report ECFE and School Readiness data to MDE through Early Education Student. To connect, call 1-888-742-5095 and use code 3559517571. Access to a computer with Internet service will be helpful during the call.

· Wednesday, August 28, 1 p.m.
· Wednesday, September 4, 11 a.m.
· Wednesday, September 11, 1 p.m.
· Wednesday, September 18, 11 a.m.

Note: If you will be calling in with individuals from the same building, MDE appreciates all efforts to use one phone line to conserve resources versus using multiple lines. Subsequent dates will be announced regarding the procedures for using Early Education Student for reporting state scholarships for districts selected to administer them. Questions may be submitted to Avisia Whiteman at during each teleconference.

Parents: Save Your School Supply Receipts

The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds parents to save their school supply receipts. There are two tax options that help Minnesota families pay expenses related to their child’s education. See information about the refundable K-12 education credit and the K-12 education subtraction on the Department of Revenue website. Both programs reduce the tax parents must pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2013 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return. Read the August 7 Department of Revenue press release. Please forward this information to your schools and parents.