ST. CLOUD -- The state's top education official was on hand in St. Cloud today (Tuesday) to take part in a roundtable discussion on special education.

A group of more than 20 parents, teachers and administrators met with Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius at the District 742's offices in Apollo High School.

Cassellius says she loves listening to the needs of educators.

Funding for special education programs was a key topic on the minds of those who participated.

The commissioner reassured the group that Governor Dayton's revised budget will still include additional funding for state schools.

Cassellius says the additional money will go a long way to improving education.

Other concerns were also addressed.

One participant says technology is lagging and would like to see additional funds to help purchase new equipment. Increasing paperwork for teachers is also reducing time spent instructing students.

Cassellius says they are currently reviewing mandates and regulations in order to take some of the stress off of educators.

The governor's budget is expected to be released tomorrow (Wednesday).