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Governor:Tim Walz
Commissioner of Education:Mary Cathryn Ricker
Quality Counts state grade:B-
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:52.6%
8th grade math:46.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:39.1%
8th grade reading:39.3%

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued Juul Labs on Wednesday, accusing the e-cigarette maker of unlawfully targeting young people with its products to get a new generation addicted to nicotine.
December 4, 2019 – AP
A mother is suing a Minnesota school district, claiming it discriminated against her son because he’s transgender.
November 22, 2019 – AP
As many as 1 in 3 eligible 18- and 19-year-olds voted in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon in last year's mid-term elections, new data show. Did civics education help?
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
There are 15 Democratic presidential candidates and counting and many of them are trying to stand out from the pack by appealing to a demographic that's politically energized: Teachers.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Ted Kolderie, who helped launch the charter school movement through his work in Minnesota, discusses school choice, school accountability, the evolving role of teachers, and more.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
When it comes to setting a child up for success in America, place matters more than ever, at least when it comes to crucial education and socioeconomic factors.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Minnesota
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
At least 15 states since 2012 have taken legislative action—such as waiving regulations and setting up innovation zones—to encourage personalized learning.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week

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