Good News for Minnesota Students and Families

The following column appeared in January and February, 2020 in a number of suburban and greater Minnesota newspapers of the APG of East Central Minnesota Newspaper group, including the Morrison County Record. 

The column begins:

Good news for Minnesota students and families

Thousands of Minnesota students and families will benefit from decisions that Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker made the week of Jan. 15. After reviewing a new Center for School Change report, Ricker agreed to revise MDE guidance and request that every Minnesota district and chartered public school distribute this updated in-formation about the state’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options law.

Dual-credit courses, whether taught on high school or college campuses, can save families thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, in tuition, book and lab fees. These courses can and have helped reduce high school and college graduation gaps – a high priority in Minnesota. Some students report these programs transformed their lives.

Ricker is following state law, which mandates that public schools post “up to date” information about PSEO on their websites and distribute it to students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1 or three weeks before students register for fall classes, whichever comes first.

MDE’s guidance is here: The report from the Center for School Change, which I direct, is available here

The rest of this column is available here: