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Published January 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

MN Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius


In a photo made Jan. 5, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn., newly appointed Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, left, meets with Rep. Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, to talk about her plans for the agency as the state faces a $6.2 billion budget deficit. Erickson is the chairwoman of the House Education Reform Committee. Cassellius, whom Gov. Mark Dayton made the first black woman tapped as education commissioner, grew up in a Minneapolis housing project and briefly dropped out of the University of Minnesota to have her first child on her own. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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