ST. PAUL (AP) -- State education officials opened a 12-city tour Monday to help school district leaders and staff get acquainted with academic requirements that will debut this fall.
The regional hearings -- designed more for school officials than the general public -- come on the heels of a legislative session in which lawmakers scrapped the Profile of Learning graduation rule.
Department of Education officials will use the meetings to describe the finalized content standards, which set new expectations for students in language arts, math and the arts. Science and history standards will be developed this summer but won't be ready for classrooms until the 2004-05 school year.
The officials also want feedback on how to make implementation go more smoothly than it did when the Profile was introduced.
The other regional meetings are scheduled for:
--June 18 in Brainerd and Edina.
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