Heather Mueller’s first assignment as Minnesota’s top education official will be a big one: steering the state’s more than 500 public districts and charter schools through the end of this pandemic school year.
But it’s a role Mueller, currently the state’s deputy education commissioner, already knows well. Mueller has been the department’s point person on the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning. She’s met regularly with other state leaders and navigated a sea of competing pressures from parents, business leaders, teachers unions, politicians and others with strong opinions about whether school buildings should be open in the pandemic.
Now, the longtime