Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and MDE staff will embark on a statewide tour to present information about Minnesota’s waiver request and plans for a new accountability system that will more accurately and fairly measure schools progress.
“While the goals of NCLB are noble and some aspects of the law have been effective, it’s clear Minnesota can, and must do better,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “That’s why Governor Dayton has taken the lead in making Minnesota one of the first states to create an accountability system that is more responsive to the needs of our students, our schools and our state. These meetings will provide the public an opportunity to hear about Minnesota's waiver request, ask questions and offer feedback.”
The first meetings will be held in Rochester on December 7 and in St. Cloud on December 14. To read the full announcement and for more information about the waiver request, click here.
The Star Tribune highlighted Commissioner Cassellius' tour, noting she wasn't the only one "itching to hear from the public."
Dayton himself, who marked his campaign with a tour of Minnesota's 87 counties in 87 days, conducted a multi-stop jobs tour this summer in advance of a statewide jobs summit.
Meanwhile, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans has a tax reform tour underway, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has conducted a statewide energy tour and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Paul Aasen has done tours of mining facilities, garbage facilities and is currently on tour looking at feedlots.
To read the entire Star Tribune article, click here.