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 Education Symposium – June 9-12
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium—a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Hormel Foundation and Austin School District. Daily sessions address best practices on the assessment of students for services, program models, social and emotional needs, instructional strategies, under-represented populations, under-achievement, integration of STEM and technology as well as specific content in the areas of science, mathematics, language arts and social studies.