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12/25/13

State Funding Allows Additional Education Centers

Pioneer Press (11/25/13) Magan, Christopher

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced that her department would spend $2 million over the next two years to expand the number of Regional Centers of Excellence, a support system for the state's struggling schools. The centers aim to improve teaching, boost student performance, and close the achievement gap among minority and poor students by assigning specialists to struggling schools to provide teachers with training and share concepts that work successfully in other schools. "The only way to get systems moving is by getting teachers talking to other teachers-across hallways, across buildings, and across school districts," she said. Cassellius indicated that the centers could be expanded even further over the next several years. "It really is a beautiful partnership that has evolved. We are much more engaged now than just giving money. We help set the agenda," she said.
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