2012 Superintendent Mail


DATE: March 9, 2012



• New Federal Grant Highlights Minnesota’s Nation-Leading Education Reforms

Governor Mark Dayton announced today that the State of Minnesota has won $28.2 million in new federal grant money to support high quality charter schools throughout the state. Minnesota was one of only three states to receive the Charter School Program Grant. Read the March 9 Governor’s Office press release.


• 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection – Reminder, Deadline March 15

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) has started. This is a universe collection from all LEAs, schools and state-operated facilities (e.g., schools for the deaf and blind and other facilities for individuals with disabilities and juvenile justice facilities).  Please see the attached list of LEAs/schools/facilities that have not yet responded.

o The CRDC Advance website www.crdc2011.org has opened. ED requests every district to access the site by March 15, 2012, to provide district contact information and update the school list.

o Your district’s Login ID and Password information was included in the January 3rd letter from ED, mailed to your district via USPS.

o The submission of CRDC data will be in the August/September to December 2012 time frame.

If you need any information (including your district’s Login ID and Password), or if you have any questions about the 2011-12 CRDC, please contact the CRDC Partner Support Center at: 855-320-6459;
; Fax: 888-329-3336; TTY/TDD: 888-403-3336.


• 2012 Public School Free/Reduced Price Eligibility List

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collects public school data, including enrollment and the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) division uses this information to determine eligibility for child nutrition programs (i.e., CACFP for Family Child Care; Summer Food Service Program; Seamless Summer Program; and Afterschool Snacks program) based on the percent of eligible children enrolled in schools. The attendance boundaries of public elementary, middle, junior high and senior high schools determine the eligibility areas for child nutrition programs. Area-eligible schools have at least 50 percent of their enrollment eligible for free or reduced-price meals and may participate as either an “Open” or “Enrolled” site under the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Program. They are also eligible for the At-Risk Afterschool Snack and Supper programs.

Other types of schools (area learning center, charter schools and non-public) may be “site-eligible,” if the building location has at least 50 percent of their enrollment eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Sites may be eligible based on the 2010 Census data or other data.

For the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Program, any site may feed children without qualification as an "Open Site" if it is located within the attendance boundaries of the eligible schools listed with at least 50 percent or more eligible students.

View the current Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Students Used for Eligibility Determinations – 2012. This Excel spreadsheet is available in multiple locations via MDE’s Food and Nutrition Program Administration Web page. It is found under the following left column headings: CACFP for Family Child Care home page; Summer Food Service Program > Eligibility; School Nutrition Programs > Seamless Summer Program; and School Nutrition Programs > Afterschool Snacks.

Note that the spreadsheet has four tabs at the bottom. The initial worksheet provides a list of all public schools with enrollment, the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals and the percent of eligible students. The other worksheets list the eligible schools sorted as indicated on the tabs at the bottom of each worksheet.

Summer Food Service Programs and Seamless Summer Programs have increased in recent years as Targeted Service Programs, 21st Century Grantees, and Summer Youth Programs learn about the value of provide summer meals. Schools are encouraged to share this information with local municipal, county and state agencies and nonprofit or faith-based organizations that may become sponsors, sites or refer families to area summer meal programs.

Contact FNS with questions at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 or e-mail mde.fns@state.mn.us.