ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s new education commissioner wants an adopt-a-school concept her boss laid out to be a two-way street between districts and local businesses.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius told a gathering of superintendents Friday that they should reach out to chambers of commerce about Gov. Mark Dayton’s idea.

In his inaugural address Monday, Dayton said businesses can show their commitment to public education by adopting a school and helping it out.

Cassellius is amplifying Dayton’s call with remarks of her own. “If people can adopt a highway, I think they can adopt a school,” she said at the Association of Metropolitan School District meeting.

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Comments (10)
  1. Marjorie says:

    That is a ridiculous idea. The State of Minnesota with the help of the Federal Government should support PUBLIC education. The homeowners of the school district have been inundated with levies and other funraising methods to keep up our schools. There should be a dedicated fund for education, even if it is a lottery or gambling generated revenue. Why should private business be begged into supporting the schools. Many Chambers’ of Commerce donote to schools already.

    1. Joe Hanson says:

      Wasn’t that the original purpose of the Minnesota State Lottery, half for the environment, the rest for education?

  2. Leana says:

    I have a better idea, how bout the communitys just get together to help their schools as a whole. Look at Princeton Schools, very financually successful and the community works together, not just a business or two. Common sense.

  3. Brian says:

    No matter how much is given, they are always asking for more.
    Get rid of the union and lets have more teachers and less administrators, we have what seems to be a very top heavy method of administering education.All the same layers for each school; is that really necessary. I do believe one principal can run more than one school at a time and that is just a beginning.
    Maybe privatize the education system and see how to operate under a realistic budget.
    This is beginning to look like the postal service; no matter how much is given ITS NEVER ENOUGH.

  4. Kelly says:

    Unless you are in the education field, you have no idea about the financial situation we are in. We could definitely use extra financial support; especially in the area of technology. The general public needs to understand that “teachers make all professions possible”. If it weren’t for teachers, people would not be able to have the job they desire. I definitey support adopt -a- school.

  5. Michael Watson says:

    I think this is a great idea. Schools and business leaders should partner together to help our schools. It is not just about financial support, but working together to help students prepare for work after school. Business leaders can also help administrators with making financial decision. At the same time it can help business leaders be more aware of the challenges facing schools.

  6. Linda LeBoutillier says:

    By adopting a school, companies do more than just throw money at schools. They often give their employees time off during the day to go to schools and read with kids. They also help out by offering incentive prize items. We also get office supply items that the company can’t use for one reason or another. For example, one company donated a whole bunch of plastic sheet protectors. The company didn’t want them because they had not been hole punched. I have bee using them to protect precious color copies that I make of various images to help kids understand concepts that we are teaching them. I keep them in a three-ring binder, and I hole-punch the sheets myself. Why the company couldn’t do that, I don’t know, but I sure appreciate the donation, because the school doesn’t supply those things, and I spend so much of my own money on supplies like that. I agree with Michael, above, that helping out at schools can help business leaders understand the challenges facing schools.

  7. Kevin says:

    Oh better idea! Sell the name of the school to a company! You know like North Tampex School or Forest Lake Windex School or my favorite the White Bear Lake Depends school…….so many possiblities….that way we can continue fund the sinking public school ship…..go Union!

  8. Bigfella says:

    My goodness, one small idea about an interaction between businesses and schools, a program that could SAVE taxpayers’ money, and it is still a bad idea? Schools always asking for more? How about taxpayers asking more and more of schools and heaping more and more abuse on schools that don’t “deliver.” While you play politics with schools, teachers and kids soldier on. Most people I meet care about schools, but it seems that on the issue of education, the empty buckets make the most noise.

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