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Roundtable Friday to discuss education

BEMIDJI – Two state commissioners will be in town Friday morning to hold a public roundtable on early-childhood investments.

Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, and Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, will host a roundtable from 10-11:15 a.m. today at the American Indian Resource Center to discuss early-childhood investments included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget.

According to a press release, Dayton’s budget includes expanded early-education scholarships so more students have access to high-quality child care and preschool, help Minnesota school districts provide optional all-day kindergarten to students free of charge, increase the number of children finding permanent homes, prevent child abuse and neglect, and assist parents, particularly teenage parents, complete their education and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.