The Minnesota Department of Education has a busy summer ahead of them. Newly appointed Education Commissioner Heather Mueller says the goal is to help students recover from learning loss this year and transforming our education system for years to come. She says a large part of this summer will be working with the state’s school districts to address what their needs are and how to approach them.

“We know that this package is incredibly important because we want to maintain continuity for kids and their learning and provide opportunities not only when it comes to academics also in emotional health and well-being, mental health.”

Mueller says a large piece of their planning comes from Governor Tim Walz’s proposed $150-million summer education package. The funding would help provide additional summer learning programs for students across the state. Walz has urged the Legislature to approve the package by April 15 so school districts have enough time to plan for any potential summer offerings for students.