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Governor:Mark Dayton
Commissioner of Education:Brenda Cassellius
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:838,037
Number of school districts:507
Number of public schools:2,392
Number of public school teachers:52,672
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,665
Percent minority students:26.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:36.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.7%
Percent of English-language learners:5.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:59.4%
8th grade math:47.2%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:41.5%
8th grade reading:40.5%

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Michael V. Walker's job has a singular purpose: keeping the school system's black male students on a positive academic track.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
A group of 10 educators claims the state erects arbitrary barriers to make it difficult for out-of-state teachers to obtain certification in the state.
May 12, 2015 - Education Week
With research showing benefits of playtime, more schools limit or ban the use of taking away recess to discipline misbehaving students.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
Testing, teacher evaluations, and A-F grading systems are among the issues as states apply for renewal of flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
State lawmakers and school district officials are again wrestling with questions about schools' authority to access and monitor students' social-media accounts.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week

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