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MEDIA ADVISORY: March 8, 2013

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-308-2252 or

Commissioner Cassellius, Educators and Advocates to Highlight Governor’s Budget as Critical for Closing State Achievement Gaps

ROSEVILLE – On Monday, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will stand with educators and education advocates to discuss how strategic investments in Governor Dayton’s budget will advance current efforts to close Minnesota's achievement gaps.

Despite strong test scores, Minnesota is widely recognized as having one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. In crafting his recommendations, Governor Dayton took a comprehensive look at education from early childhood through postsecondary and proposed $640 million in new investments in K-12 and Higher Education.


· Discussion of Governor’s Budget as Key to Closing Achievement Gaps


· Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
· Farmington Superintendent Jay Haugen
· Mary Cecconi, Parents United
· Phyllis Hill, ISAIAH
· Vina Kay, Organizing Apprenticeship Project


· Minnesota State Capitol, Room 125


· March 11, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. (Rescheduled from March 5)