Summer Reading at the Library...
Helps students avoid the summer slide and return to school ready to learn. For 13 years the Fergus Falls Public Library has partnered with Fergus Falls School District 544 to offer Extra Reading at the Library. This community funded one-to-one reading tutoring program helps 65 students maintain their reading skills over the summer. In addition to bolstering their reading skills, kids can earn free treats donated by local business for regular attendance.
Tracking Student Postsecondary Success!
Ever wondered how many Minnesota high school graduates go on to college? How long they stayed? And how many graduated? Check out the new data site developed as a joint effort by Minnesota's Office of Higher Education, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. "This new tool will inform our continuous improvement, accountability, research, evaluation and decision making," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read press release on Office of Higher Education website.
$54 Million to Minnesota Schools!
Thanks to new education funding enacted by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton during the 2014 legislative session, Minnesota schools will receive an additional $54 million in new funding this school year. This new funding will benefit the state’s more than 840,000 students through increased student aid, early learning programs, nutritious breakfast and lunches, and other important measures. Read news release.
Save School Supplies Receipts!
Minnesota offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students. The K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction can reduce parents’ taxes and increase their refund, but only if they keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible. Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit – even parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website for details.
Summer Learning Opportunities!
Have you heard about summer learning loss? To keep Minnesota kids learning throughout summer, Metametrics (R) has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to offer exciting and fun challenges to help students retain the math and reading skills they learned this past school year, while ramping up their skills for next fall. These programs are free, self-directed opportunties that parents and students can have fun with together. Visit our Summer Learning page for more.