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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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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 13, 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 15, 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 15, 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 18, 2015 – Education Week
While pre-K is a top priority for many policymakers nationwide, kindergarten remains a patchwork of district programs driven by varying state requirements.
September 17, 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 5, 2014 – Education Week
With a federal NCLB waiver prodding it along, Minnesota pushes hard to cut disparities between various subgroups of students.
February 26, 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: February 21, 2019 – 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 6, 2013 – Education Week
Minnesota and Ohio illustrate differing approaches as states aim to increase post-recession education funding.
March 6, 2013 – Education Week

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