Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of victims attack in Pittsburgh

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In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota.

As directed by the president’s proclamation, flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately, until sunset on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, an act of violence was committed against the Jewish community at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

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EPA presenting two “Reducing Lead in Drinking Water” webinars

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The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education have developed a model plan to require school districts and charter schools to accurately and efficiently test for lead in school drinking water. This plan is based on standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA has scheduled webinars from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Thursday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 31, regarding “The 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit.”

The 3Ts are “Training, Testing and Taking Action.” (The 3Ts were previously referred to as “Training, Testing and Telling.”)

Visit the EPA website to access webinar registration links and resources.

For questions regarding health effects, sampling procedures, protocols or other technical assistance, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-582-4700 or health.drinkingwater@state.mn.us.

For questions regarding funding Long-Term Facilities Maintenance, please contact the Minnesota Department of Education at mde.funding@state.mn.us or 651-582-8779.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for corrections officer

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Corrections Officer Joseph Michael Parise, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Officer Parise, 37, dedicated four years of exemplary service to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Officer Parise died in the line of duty after experiencing a medical emergency at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Monday, September 24, 2018.

A celebration of Officer Parise’s life with public safety honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel.

At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty, on the day of interment.

Access a copy of Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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MSBA honors Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll

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During Advocacy Tour meetings this week, MSBA officials presented the “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” awards for 2018 to Sen. Julie Rosen (left) and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll. Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial School Board member (and MSBA Board Director) Linda Leiding presented Sen. Rosen with her award Wednesday night at the MSBA office in St. Peter. MSBA Director of Government Relations Grace Keliher presented Rep. O’Driscoll with his award Tuesday night in Sartell.

MSBA recently presented Sen. Julie Rosen (Vernon Center) and Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (Sartell) with its “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award for 2018.

MSBA officials honored Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll for their work during the 2018 legislative session on behalf of Minnesota’s public school students by getting the omnibus retirement bill passed by the Legislature. The bill reforms and stabilizes pension funds.

Sen. Rosen, chair of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, was chief author of the Senate’s version of the retirement bill. O’Driscoll, vice chair of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, was the chief author of the Minnesota House’s version of the retirement bill.

“Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll both exhibited tenacity and perseverance in their efforts to get the retirement bill passed,” said MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind. “They helped improve the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) pension funds without doing harm to classrooms.”

Sen. Rosen and Rep. O’Driscoll secured bipartisan support of the retirement bill, which passed unanimously in the Minnesota House and Senate in May, before receiving Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature.

“A strong pension system supports public schools and will aid in attracting and retaining quality educators throughout Minnesota,” Schneidawind added. “Providing state funding for employer increases will allow school districts to be held harmless.”

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MDE hosting ESSA public update on September 24

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The Minnesota Department of Education is hosting an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) stakeholder meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, September 24.

This meeting will be held at the MDE office located at 1500 Highway 36 West in Roseville (Rooms 15-16, Conference Center B) and will include:

  • A brief overview of the 2018 accountability results.
  • An opportunity to provide feedback on school identification and recognition.
  • A kickoff of Phase 3 of stakeholder engagement, focused on fiscal transparency reporting.

See https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDE/bulletins/20cc3e4 for more information and registration access.

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Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in observance of 9/11

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Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

In observance of the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this tragedy, Gov. Dayton has proclaimed Tuesday to be “Patriot Day and A Day of Service and Remembrance” in Minnesota.

In solidarity with the rest of the nation, the governor encourages all Minnesotans to observe the National Moment of Silence at 7:46 a.m. Central Daylight Time. The Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis will be lit red, white and blue on Tuesday night, in observance of the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

View Gov. Dayton’s proclamation.

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State recognizes 526 schools for excellence as part of new North Star accountability system

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Today, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recognized 526 public schools across the state as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance.

The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state.

Using data from the five key indicators that make up North Star — achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance — the state is better able to identify and learn from schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains.

Visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDE/bulletins/209931f to view MDE’s complete press release and to access North Star accountability data and North Star data on the Minnesota Report Card.

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