MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

May 23, 2013

Governor Dayton Signs Historic Education Funding Bill Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Dayton signed the K-12 Omnibus Education Bill – the capstone of a historic session for education in Minnesota. See a brief summary in the May 22 Governor’s Office press release. Also, more information will be forthcoming during the May 31 Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents (see below) and in future legislative updates.

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – Friday, May 31

The May audio conference call with Commissioner Cassellius is scheduled for Friday, May 31, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Superintendents are invited to participate. The agenda will focus on a summary of the Education budget and policy legislation. You will be sent an email of the call-in instructions on May 29. Thank you.


Annual Immunization Status Reports now Available

Please forward this information to your district principals. Annual immunization status reports (AISR) summarize the immunization data submitted by schools in your district for the 2012-13 school year. Summary reports are now available to download. Read the memorandum from Lisa Harris, Immunization, Tuberculosis and International Health Section, Minnesota Department of Health. You are encouraged to review the report for your school district and compare your results to the statewide immunization compliance information. For assistance with questions, please contact Lisa Harris, 651-201-3523 (metro), 1-800-657-3970 (greater Minnesota).


Minnesota Road Maps Available to Schools

Each year the Minnesota Office of Tourism receives numerous requests from students for a Minnesota highway map. For the next several months, schools can receive a box of 200 pre-folded official state maps to use in their classrooms. To request a box of maps, the school should send an email to, and reference the 2013 School Maps Offer. This opportunity will be available until late fall of 2013.