MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

July 11, 2013

Applicants Sought for 2013-2014 Task Forces

The Minnesota Department of Education is currently seeking applicants for four new task forces that will be convened to address critical issues within the areas of adult education, career pathways and technical education, teacher licensure, and special education. The task forces are:

• Standard Adult High School Diploma Advisory Task Force

• Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force

• Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force

• Special Education Case Load Task Force

For further details, read the July 2 news release. See application and qualifications information on the Secretary of State’s website. Applications must be submitted by July 23, 2013.

2013 Superintendents’ Back-to-School Conference – August 6-7

Registration and a preliminary schedule are available for the August 6-7 school leadership summit. Superintendents, charter school directors, and district/school leadership teams are invited to attend. Each day, registration is scheduled from 8:00-8:30 a.m.; program begins at 8:30 a.m.

The keynote address, “World Class Learners – Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students,” will be presented by Dr. Yong Zhao on August 6. Representatives of various Minnesota Department of Education divisions will be hosting tables throughout that day for conversations about the topics you have on your mind. In the General Session on August 7, Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Assessment Director Jennifer Dugan will present on student Assessment, and School Finance Director Tom Melcher will present the finance update. Also that day, Rose Hermodson and Nancy Riestenberg will present repeated sessions on school safety and bullying, and Greg Keith and Tyler Livingston will present repeated sessions on teacher and principal evaluation.

For more details and to register, visit the 2013 Back-to-School Conference website.

ACTION ITEMS

FY 2015 Referendum Revenue, Location Equity Revenue and Equity Revenue Spreadsheet Available

See the July 8, 2013, School Finance memorandum from Tom Melcher. See, also, the updated FY 2015 Referendum Revenue, Location Equity Revenue and Equity Revenue Spreadsheet posted July 9 on the Minnesota Department of Education website. The spreadsheet was updated to reflect referendum phase-outs for FY 2015 and minor corrections to referendum allowances for districts with inflation-adjusted levies that were recently renewed. In addition, an outline of a presentation given by Tom Melcher at the July 2013 Minnesota School Boards Association "Board-Approved Levy" seminars is available.

For assistance with questions concerning referendum, location equity and equity calculations, please contact Bob Porter (651-582-8851), or Terri Yetter (651-582-8868).

Clarification Regarding Charter Schools and Early Childhood Special Education

See the July 11, 2013, memorandum from Bobbie Burnham et al., regarding charter schools and early childhood special education. For assistance with questions, contact Lisa Backer, Early Childhood Special Education Services (651-582-8473), or contact George Holt, Special Education Funding (651-582-8889).

2013 Payable 2014 Levy Limitation and Certification Forms and Information

The following documents are now available on the Levy Certification Process web page to assist you in providing the information needed for the 2013 Payable 2014 Levy Limitation and Certification Reports:

• 2013 Payable 2014 Levy Forms and Information Memo
• Levy Limitation and Certification Calendar

The Levy Information System will not be available for district use until later this month. Detailed instructions for using the system will be posted to the levy certification page next week.

For assistance with questions, please contact Jan Carlson (651-582-8342), or contact Terri Yetter (651-582-8868).

Federal Funding for Preschool Special Education

Please read announcement regarding federal funding for preschool special education.

For assistance with questions, contact George Holt (651-582-8889), supervisor of Program Finance, or contact Lisa Backer (651-582-8473), supervisor of Early Learning Services.

ITEM OF INTEREST

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion

Minnesota Computers for Schools refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. Learn about their monthly discounts on the Minnesota Computers for Schools website.