RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is encouraging Minnesota businesses to “adopt a school” and take a more active role in educating the state’s youth.

Dayton spoke Tuesday at South Education Center in Richfield. The intermediate school provides both gifted classes and special education for a dozen Twin Cities districts.

Last year at Dayton’s urging the superintendent set out to find businesses to adopt the school. Since then the school has formed numerous partnerships, including with Best Buy and Fairview Hospitals to provide everything from money to buy laptops to grants for a teen parent program.

Dayton says in a time of scarce state resources that such private-public partnerships are critical to meeting student needs.

He’s encouraging other school districts and businesses to match up with each other.

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Comments (7)
  1. spending says:

    Can businesses investigate the spending at the schools? Our schools most expensive item is the high cost of teacher benefits.

    Or why the state cannot manage it’s own budget so the schools get their money?
    Always the children, that is the first bleeding heart item they bring up. How about telling all the free loaders to get off the teet?

    1. pat says:

      How about the unions giving back one year of dues to the schools?

      How about it union, you should give as well.

    2. No Free Lunch says:

      The liberal saying “it takes a village” is an idealistic remark where the middle class pays for social services for the poor, lazy and uninspired. Take responsibility for your own kids and the schools won’t need tons of free lunch, special eduction, tax payer funded pre-school/head start, politically correct, multi-language interpreters, after school programs, child care, etc. If you have children you should spend every waking moment attending to their needs. Don’t ask the taxpayer to do anything you can do yourself. If you can’t afford kids don’t have them!

  2. Ned says:

    Old crazy eyes might acually have something here. I always thought it would be nice to get business involved in our education system.

  3. AntiTeabagger says:

    How about all the state overpaid workers take a paycut and then we can have our schools funded.

  4. Joe Hanson says:

    “take a more active role in educating the state’s youth”

    It can’t be about money, because companies already pay corporate and property taxes used to fund schools.

    Is Governor Dayton suggesting that the members of Education Minnesota are failing our children?

  5. Kevin says:

    You voted for him….you deal with him…I will just keep drinking and reloading….

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