MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan Visits Bloomington District

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner Brenda Cassellius for a visit to an early childhood education classroom in Bloomington. The Pond Early Childhood Family Center classroom is geared toward ensuring that students, ages 4 and 5, are prepared for kindergarten this fall. Visit the Early Childhood Family Center website to learn more.

Following the classroom visit, a town hall forum was held at Kennedy High School focusing on early childhood education and the important impact investments in early learning opportunities have on a student’s life. Panelists were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Governor Mark Dayton; Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius; Peg Chamberlin, exec. director of the Minnesota Council of Churches; Major General Richard Nash, Minnesota National Guard; Laysha Ward, president of community relations and Target Foundation; and Art Rolnick, senior fellow at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. See Pioneer Press article.

ACTION ITEMS

2012-13 Property Tax Shift

Property Tax Shift Year-End Reconciliation Reports for FY 2013 are now available. View reports in the Minnesota Funding Reports (MFR) System. You will find MFR under School Finance Reports. Use the drop down boxes to select your district and the category, IDEAS Year-End Reports.

The Property Tax Shift Year-End Reconciliation Report is final and should agree with the 2012-13 Property Tax Shift spreadsheet. View spreadsheet on the Levy Certification Process Web page.

The spreadsheet shows the journal entries for recording the property tax shift on the lower portion of the Report tab. You will need to enter the amount of your May through June tax collections in the green shaded area of the Funds tab of the spreadsheet for the entry to be correct. Please read the instructions included on the first tab of the spreadsheet prior to using the report and tax shift entries features.

For assistance with questions regarding tax shift calculations, please contact Jan Carlson (651-582-8342). For assistance with journal entries, contact Karen Dykoski (651-582-8766).

Estimate of Referendum Cap Inflation Adjustment

Please see the July 18 memorandum from Tom Melcher. The memo explains the updated estimate of the referendum cap inflation adjustment. Also view the Estimated Cap Inflation Calculation Estimates Spreadsheet – FY 2005-2023.

For assistance with questions, please contact Terri Yetter (651-582-8868), or Bob Porter (651-582-8851).

Revised 2012 Adjusted Net Tax Capacity

The revised 2012 adjusted net tax capacity for each school district is now available on the Minnesota Department of Revenue's website. Inclusion of this information here serves as the Commissioner of Revenue's notice of determination, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.48.

Visit the Minnesota Revenue’s Adjusted Net Tax Capacities by School District’s Web page.

The 2012 adjusted net tax capacity is calculated using the 2012 estimated market values and the payable 2013 tax capacity class rates under current law. Adjusted net tax capacities from this report will be used in calculating payable 2014 levy limitations.

If you are not satisfied with the result of the department’s review, you must file a notice of appeal with the Minnesota Tax Court within 10 days of the notice of determination of the Commissioner of Revenue.

If you have any questions concerning this certification, contact the Data and Analysis Unit of the Property Tax Division of the Department of Revenue at 651-556-3097.

New Guidance Regarding Pregnant and Parenting Students

On June 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance to clarify a school’s responsibilities to pregnant and parenting teens. The accompanying pamphlet, “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,” urges schools to support young parents so that they can stay in school. The pamphlet provides detailed information regarding a school’s obligations towards young parents in addition to extensive recommendations and strategies to assist educators in supporting young parents.

Title IX Protections Regarding Young Parents

Under Title IX, it is illegal for schools to exclude pregnant or parenting students from participating in any part of an educational program, including extracurricular activities. The school must treat pregnant students in the same way they treat other students with temporary medical conditions. Schools must excuse a student’s absences because of pregnancy and childbirth for as long as medically necessary, and a student must be allowed to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before her medical leave began. In addition, the school must take prompt and effective steps to end any pregnancy-related harassment.

Although schools may develop special programs or classes for pregnant or parenting students, they must be comparable to other programs with regard to the range of academic, extracurricular, and enrichment opportunities. If the alternative program provides only vocational-track courses, with no opportunity for advanced academic or college-preparatory classes, it would not be considered comparable. Participation must be completely voluntary on the part of the student, and a school may not pressure a pregnant student to attend the program.

For further information, access the Dear Colleague Letter and accompanying pamphlet on the U.S. Office of Civil Rights website. Questions may be addressed to Carolyn Ellstra (651-582-8366).

ITEM OF INTEREST

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

Bauman, Stanley W. (FF 297880) On July 12, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement whereby Mr. Bauman agrees not to teach until he can meet other requirements of the Board.

Coreya, Joseph Carl (FF 471644) On July 12, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order denying Mr. Coreya’s licensure application for a period of three years.

Keller, Marlyn John (FF 365541) On July 12, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order denying Mr. Keller’s licensure application for a period of three years.