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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Mark Dayton
Commissioner of Education:Brenda Cassellius
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:857,235
Number of school districts:579
Number of public schools:2,534
Number of public school teachers:55,690
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,464
Percent minority students:30.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.3%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.6%
Percent of English-language learners:7.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:53.4%
8th grade math:47.8%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.0%
8th grade reading:39.7%

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April 19, 2017 – Education Week
If confirmed as ed. secretary, Betsy DeVos could gut the regulations that are choking charter schools, writes Jeanne Allen.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
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January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
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December 14, 2016 – Education Week
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August 24, 2016 – Education Week
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June 9, 2016 – Education Week

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