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MEDIA ADVISORY: March 19, 2013

CONTACT: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or

Commissioner Cassellius to visit Rochester Regional Center, Area Schools to Discuss Governor Dayton’s Budget

ROSEVILLE – As part of a series of school visits across Minnesota, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will visit a Regional Center and host a roundtable on education and the Governor’s budget this Wednesday in Rochester. The Commissioner will join Rochester Superintendent Michael Munoz and nearly two dozen teachers and administrators to talk about the current state of education in Rochester. Topics will include education finance, early education and special education. This meeting follows productive roundtables held during the last few weeks in Saint Cloud and Duluth.

In his budget proposal, Governor Dayton comprehensively invests $344 million in E-12 education. One of those investments includes $4.5 million for the creation of six new Regional Centers for Excellence. Currently, there are three Regional Centers located across the state. These centers are staffed with curriculum specialists and are tasked with offering support and resources to the state’s most struggling schools. With the support of these innovative centers, schools like Jefferson Elementary in Rochester have seen incredible growth in student achievement.

What: Roundtable on Education and Budget

Who: Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Where: Edison Administration Building, Board Room #137, 615 SW 7th Street Rochester, MN 55902

When: Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.