Dayton: More must be done to keep kids in school

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is challenging school leaders to find ways to lower Minnesota dropout rates, saying a diploma is essential to success in society.

Speaking Tuesday to a conference of superintendents, Dayton says he wants to focus on ways to keep students engaged through graduation. Minnesota recently set a goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.

Dayton also promised the school chiefs he would look next year to address state requirements that don’t come with adequate state funding. He highlighted a new teacher assessment program as one area where schools are being asked to shoulder a financial burden to meet a state objective.

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