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.
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.