Governor Dayton's budget invests in children and families 

This week, Governor Mark Dayton released his supplemental budget which focuses investments on chidren, education, and working families. His budget would invest $895 million in preK-12 education, offering free, universal pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds and increase funding for every K-12 public school in Minnesota. Read news release.

Minnesota Graduation Rate Rises

In 2014, 81.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated from high school, up from 79.8 percent in 2013. In addition, every student group showed an increase from the previous year. “It is incredibly heartening to see our graduation rates continue on an upward trend,” Commissioner Cassellius said. “Over the past four years, we have doubled down on our efforts to better support students on their path from K-12 to career and college, and these data show it is working." A wonderful testament to all of the dedicated and hardworking teachers in our state. Read news release.

A Positive Approach to Discipline

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius joined educators from across the state for a roundtable highlighting new statewide disciplinary data and discussed intervention efforts that are showing success. “Over the past four years, we have made a conscious effort to address student behavior in a way that will not disrupt a child’s learning, and it is exciting to see we are making progress,” Commissioner Cassellius said. Since 2010, there have been nearly 12,000 fewer suspensions in Minnesota schools, a 20.4 percent decrease. Read news release.

Summer Food Service Sponsors Needed

Organizations are needed to sponsor the 2015 Summer Food Service Progam (SFSP) and provide free meals to Minnesota children (18 and younger) during the summer when school is out. There are many underserved areas in need of a sponsor to operate a summer feeding site, especially in greater Minnesota. Sponsors receive training, technical assistance and reimbursement for providing meals. Read news release.

Commissioner Cassellius travels the state talking education

Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is travelling the state and engaging with people on proposed investments in education. She is also looking to hear from Minnesotans about what is working in education and what areas need more support from the state. Read the blog post.

Gov, Commish, kids photo for front page 
High School Graduates in Caps and Gowns 
Classroom of  high school students fully engaged in learning
Bianca Ellison Prepares Healthy Sandwiches at a Summer Food Site in St. Cloud
Commissioner Cassellius During Listening Session in Moorhead