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MEDIA ADVISORY: March 4, 2013

CONTACT: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or

Commissioner Cassellius, Educators, Advocates to Highlight Governor’s Budget as Critical for Closing State Achievement Gaps

ROSEVILLE – Tomorrow, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will stand with educators and advocates discussing how strategic investments made in Governor Dayton’s budget will advance current efforts and be critical in closing achievement gaps.

Despite strong test scores, Minnesota is widely recognized as having one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. In crafting his recommendations, Governor Dayton took a comprehensive look at the education of a child, from birth to career. The result is an unprecedented $640 million investment in K-12 and Higher Education that ensures our schools have the resources they need to provide equal opportunities every day for every child.

What: Discussion of Governor’s Budget as Key to Closing Achievement Gaps


• Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

• Mary Cecconi, Parents United

• Farmington Superintendent Jay Haugen

• Phyllis Hill, ISAIAH

• Vina Kay, Organizing Apprenticeship Project

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, Room 125

When: March 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.