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119A.01 Abolishment; establishment; purpose; and goals.

Subdivision 1. Abolishment. The position of commissioner of education and the department of education are abolished. The employees of the department of education are transferred to the department of children, families, and learning under section 15.039, subdivision 7.

Subd. 2. Establishment. The department of children, families, and learning is established.

Subd. 3. Purpose. The purpose in creating the department is to increase the capacity of Minnesota communities to measurably improve the well-being of children and families by:

(1) coordinating and integrating state funded and locally administered family and children programs;

(2) improving flexibility in the design, funding, and delivery of programs affecting children and families;

(3) providing greater focus on strategies designed to prevent problems affecting the well-being of children and families;

(4) enhancing local decision making, collaboration, and the development of new governance models;

(5) improving public accountability through the provision of research, information, and the development of measurable program outcomes;

(6) increasing the capacity of communities to respond to the whole child by improving the ability of families to gain access to services;

(7) encouraging all members of a community to nurture all the children in the community;

(8) supporting parents in their dual roles as breadwinners and parents; and

(9) reducing the condition of poverty for families and children through comprehensive, community-based strategies.

HIST: 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 1; 1997 c 162 art 3 s 1

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