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Students can use ‘cold day’ for independent reading, homework

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 3, 2014 - Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, released the following statement regarding Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to close schools statewide on Monday.

“Educators never like to lose a day of teaching and learning, but this is an unusual situation,” Specht said. “The governor is making the right choice in making the safety of students and staff the top priority. The advance notice gives families time to prepare.”

“The subzero temperatures may prevent our students from attending school, but they shouldn’t keep them from learning,” Specht said. “We’re encouraging students to read for at least on hour Monday and catch up on their homework. If students need a new book, there’s time to visit a library this weekend.”

“Educators won’t be in school, but I know they will still be working from home, grading papers and writing lesson plans for the next month,” Specht said. “We have a great corps of educators in Minnesota, so I’m confident we can make up for this missed school day.”

About Education Minnesota

Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at

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