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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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While pre-K is a top priority for many policymakers nationwide, kindergarten remains a patchwork of district programs driven by varying state requirements.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
After a long career in the hospitality industry, Bertrand Weber has developed the recipe for creating cachet around school lunches and making them healthier for students.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
With a federal NCLB waiver prodding it along, Minnesota pushes hard to cut disparities between various subgroups of students.
February 21, 2014 - Education Week
Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
May 3, 2013 | Updated: May 7, 2013 - Education Week
Minnesota and Ohio illustrate differing approaches as states aim to increase post-recession education funding.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
Education Week followed U.S. Rep. John Kline, the head of the House education panel, to Minnesota, where his home-district educators told him what they think about the budget, waivers, and other issues.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week
A Minnesota legislator who sponsored the first charter school law in the country, Ember Reichgott Junge, dispels a few myths about the charter movement.
June 11, 2012 - Education Week

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