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Reading Well Early Drives Future School Success

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM
Categories: Education

Governor reading to Kindergartners

Students who master the fundamentals of reading at an early age are better prepared for future academic success. As our kids are exposed to more advanced concepts their ability to learn becomes increasingly linked to their literacy. In math classes, students may be asked to do word problems, while in a science or history class they may be assigned a reading out of a textbook – all of which require strong language skills.

To help our students develop the strong reading skills they need, we launched the bipartisan “Read Well by Third Grade” in 2011. Since then, we have invested $150 million in high-impact literacy programs that helping ensure all Minnesota students are developing the reading skills they need for academic success and bright futures.


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Minnesota leads Electronic Waste Recycling Initiative

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Categories: Environment, Earth Day, Technology, Public Safety, Outdoors

Governor Dayton today visited Richfield-based Best Buy to thank the company as it celebrates over one billion pounds of consumer electronic recycled since 2009. In honor of Best Buy’s progress and to highlight the continued importance of recycling, the Governor also declared it to be “Electronic Waste Recycling Recognition Day” in Minnesota.


“Best Buy is an industry leader in helping consumers to recycle their old electronics,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Their efforts are good for Minnesota's environment and consumers. I thank Best Buy for their outstanding leadership and for their continuing commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.”

Today’s celebration builds on Minnesota’s 2007 Electronic Recycling Act, which requires all computer and TV monitors to be recycled when discarded and placed specific requirements on electronic manufacturers' treatment of waste.

What is electronic waste?
E-waste, as it’s called, is what’s created when electronic materials are disposed. This can include cellphones, computers, printers, televisions, and digital cameras. As technology continues to advance and we continue to upgrade our devices, the amount of e-waste we produce continues to rise as well.

Unlike throwing away a piece of paper, however, disposing of electronics can have a huge impact on the environment and on our health; e-waste contains high levels of lead, cadmium, and other chemicals that can pollute the ground and water supply if they aren’t properly disposed of. Electronic waste should always be taken to certified recycling facilities that are trained to manage these hazardous chemicals.

To find electronic waste collectors in Minnesota and help ensure your e-waste is properly disposed of, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website. 

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Governor Dayton with Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly



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New Investments Improving Access to Healthy School Meals

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Categories: Budget, Education

Governor Dayton serves breakfast to students alongside Coon Rapids staff.

Governor Dayton serves lunch to students alongside Coon Rapids staff.

Ensuring that Minnesota students are ready to learn when they enter the classroom is critical to improving academic progress and preparing kids for bright futures. To help guarantee that our students have access to healthy meals, we invested $4 million in school breakfast and lunch programs this year. In addition to ensuring no Minnesota student is denied access to a healthy meal at lunchtime, the funding also will provide all 64,000 Minnesota Kindergarten students breakfast.

“No child in Minnesota should be denied a healthy lunch,” said Governor Dayton. “We cannot expect our students to succeed on an empty stomach."


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Making College More Affordable

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM
Categories: Education, Budget

Access to higher education is crucial to ensure that Minnesota has a competitive workforce that is prepared to fill the jobs of the future. That is why the budget enacted by Governor Dayton and the legislature makes a significant investment in college affordability and improving our state colleges and universities. By investing $250 million in higher education, with $46 million going to direct financial aid for students, the budget brings the dream of a higher education within reach for even more Minnesotans.


Governor Dayton with Minnesota Youth

Governor Dayton Mingles with Minnesota Youth


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Governor Dayton Reconvenes Stakeholders for Discussion on Propane Supply and Demand

Posted on September 09, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Categories: Trade Mission, Environment, Public Safety, Outdoors

For more than 200,000 households in Minnesota, propane is the primary source of heat. With winter steadily approaching, Governor Mark Dayton is reconvening stakeholders today in Saint Paul to discuss the current propane supply and any factors that could impact demand for heating fuel this winter.
 
After an unprecedented propane shortage last winter, Governor Dayton is convening today’s propane summit in a proactive effort to help mitigate propane supply shortages in the winter months ahead. The Governor will be joined by representatives from the propane, agriculture and rail industries as well as his Commissioners of Agriculture, Commerce, Pollution Control, and Transportation for the discussion.
 
“During last winter’s propane shortage, this group worked to ensure the safety of all Minnesotans,” said Governor Dayton, who first convened propane stakeholders and state regulators last January. “Working together in the months ahead, they will do everything possible to prevent shortages, reduce drastic price increases, and provide all Minnesotans with fuel for the fall harvest and for their winter comfort and safety.”


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Freezing Tuition at Public Colleges and Universities

Posted on September 08, 2014 at 8:10 AM
Categories: Education, Greater Minnesota

Governor Dayton talks about the tuition freeze with students from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Governor Mark Dayton speaks with students from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

After nearly a decade of cuts to higher education funding, tuition skyrocketed at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). From 2001 to 2014, tuition at the U of M more than doubled from $5,002 to $13,626 for state residents. Left unchecked, ever increasing tuition costs and increasing debt are a tax on the future of Minnesota students and a drag on our state’s economy.

Access to a high-quality education should be available to all Minnesotans and not just students who can afford to take on costly loans. In 2013, we froze tuition at the University of Minnesota and the MnSCU systems schools to halt the trend of double-digit cost hikes. This helped make college more affordable for 282,000 students.

Minnesotans agree that everyone who works hard in school deserves access to higher education. This tuition freeze begins to restore balance in Minnesota’s educational system. It also will help ensure our students for the future economy.


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Minnesota’s littlest learners benefiting from All-Day Kindergarten

Posted on September 04, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Categories: Education


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KEYC 12 News in Mankato reports on impact of all-day Kindergarten

As Minnesota students return to the classroom, our littlest learners are set to benefit from some big new investments. In 2013, we made a historic investment in all-day Kindergarten, ensuring every Minnesota student has access, free of charge. After a year to get ready, all Minnesota schools are now offering all-day Kindergarten to our families this fall.

This investment is sure to make a big difference for our students. All-Day Kindergarten has a proven track record of success, preparing young learners for success in school.


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On the first day of school, Governor Dayton wishes students and teachers success

Posted on September 02, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Governor Dayton greets school children

This morning Governor Dayton visited Garden City Elementary in Brooklyn Center to wish students and teachers success in school.

This year, more than 55,000 of Minnesota’s youngest learners will benefit from free all-day Kindergarten. Students will also benefit from additional efforts designed to increase literacy and close the achievement gap.

“As Minnesota’s students and teachers return to the classroom, I wish them all a successful school year,” said Governor Dayton. “During the past four years, the Legislature and I have worked to make high-impact investments that will increase academic achievement and prepare our students for future success.”

Investments in E-12 Education

These historic investments, and other important reforms, will give Minnesota students the world-class education they need to succeed in school and prepare for bright futures. Below are some of the initiatives that are helping Minnesota students succeed.


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Why Minnesota Families Choose College

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Categories: Education


“I’m in college because I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it for my future, my kids, years from now. I’m also doing it because my family back home wants me to succeed. So it’s about me, it’s about my future, and it’s about my family back home.”

This is just one of the many voices represented in “Shaping your Future: Why Minnesota Families Choose College.” The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) to produce this series of videos about the importance of planning for career and college. College students from all over Minnesota were interviewed about their experiences growing up, the challenges they faced, how they wanted their lives to be different from their parents’ lives, and how they felt they wanted more for themselves. Their stories are featured in individual 2-3 minute videos, and there are also stories on the importance of parental support when planning for college and career. Stop by MDE’s booth at the fair to check out the videos, or watch them on our YouTube page at http://bit.ly/mndeptedtv.


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Minnesota Report Card

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Minnesota Report Card webpage screenshot

The Minnesota Report Card is a new website that gives you easy access to understandable district and school data. This tool is designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, test results, revenue and expenditure data, demographic information and other critical data in a centralized location


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