As Director of Government Relations, Daron Korte serves as the primary liaison between the state legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education. Mr. Korte is responsible for monitoring all state and federal legislative activity relating to early childhood and K-12 education in Minnesota. This includes assisting the Commissioner in developing the department's legislative agenda and advocating that agenda at the state legislature. In addition, he is responsible for analyzing pending education legislation, collaborating with education stakeholder groups, and tracking legislative activity. Mr. Korte serves as the department's legal counsel, identifying and analyzing legal issues as they arise and providing advice to the Commissioner and Executive Team.
Mr. Korte's previous role at the department was Deputy Director of Government Relations. Prior to his work at the department, he served as Committee Administrator and Senate Counsel for the Minnesota Senate Education Policy and Finance Committee.
Mr. Korte holds a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois and a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota.
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.