Minnesota Graduation Rate Rises

In 2014, 81.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated from high school, up from 79.8 percent in 2013. In addition, every student group showed an increase from the previous year. “It is incredibly heartening to see our graduation rates continue on an upward trend,” Commissioner Cassellius said. “Over the past four years, we have doubled down on our efforts to better support students on their path from K-12 to career and college, and these data show it is working." A wonderful testament to all of the dedicated and hardworking teachers in our state. Read news release.

Who's That Mystery Reader?

Ms. Radtke's sixth-grade class let her know they were missing read time. So she came up with an innovative solution. To recognize "I Love to Read" month, she would invite a variety of mystery guests to read to her students. The students were happily surprised to meet Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius -- described by their teacher as the boss of all bosses in the world of Minnesota education. The students had many questions, which the commissioner was happy to answer -- but then quickly settled into two great stories with surprise endings.

A Positive Approach to Discipline

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius joined educators from across the state for a roundtable highlighting new statewide disciplinary data and discussed intervention efforts that are showing success. “Over the past four years, we have made a conscious effort to address student behavior in a way that will not disrupt a child’s learning, and it is exciting to see we are making progress,” Commissioner Cassellius said. Since 2010, there have been nearly 12,000 fewer suspensions in Minnesota schools, a 20.4 percent decrease. Read news release.

Summer Food Service Sponsors Needed

Organizations are needed to sponsor the 2015 Summer Food Service Progam (SFSP) and provide free meals to Minnesota children (18 and younger) during the summer when school is out. There are many underserved areas in need of a sponsor to operate a summer feeding site, especially in greater Minnesota. Sponsors receive training, technical assistance and reimbursement for providing meals. Read news release.

Children and Families Top Governor Dayton’s Budget Priorities

After a decade of deficits, state leaders are now facing a $1 billion budget surplus created by Minnesota’s strong and growing economy. Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed a two-year budget that would make bold new investments in children, families and education. "Every single child matters in this budget-–no matter their race, zip code or economic circumstance...” said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read Governor's Blog.

High School Graduates in Caps and Gowns 
Commissioner Cassellius with Ms Radtke's 6th Grade Class - Emmet Williams Elementary 
Classroom of  high school students fully engaged in learning
Bianca Ellison Prepares Healthy Sandwiches at a Summer Food Site in St. Cloud
Young Students Focused on Learning