Schools and taxes are the topics as Dayton administration officials gather public input today (WED) in south-central and southeastern Minnesota. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius continues her statewide tour on planned changes to No Child Left Behind with an afternoon stop in Mankato. She’s scheduled to speak from 3:30 to 5pm at the Minnesota River Room of the Mankato Intergovernmental Center. The state has asked the Obama administration for a waiver from the federal law, which would allow Minnesota officials to set up a different system to measure students’ and schools’ progress. Tonight in Winona, Revenue Department Commissioner Myron Frans is asking taxpayers for suggestions on how to improve Minnesota’s tax system as well. Frans is traveling around the state gathering input for a report to Governor Dayton in time for the 2013 legislative session.