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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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Millionaires were cooking in the kitchens of the Holdingford, Minn., school district last week. Fifteen millionaires, to be exact.
November 5, 2003 – Education Week
The largest teachers' union in Minnesota is challenging the legality of the state's funding of an online-learning program offered statewide by a small, rural district. The union's lawsuit has ignited a debate about the proper roles of teachers and parents in publicly financed "virtual" schools.
October 29, 2003 – Education Week
A district leader's hefty severance package is prompting new scrutiny of superintendent contracts in Minnesota, while fueling a broader debate over what it takes to attract a talented schools chief in a highly competitive market.
March 12, 2003 – Education Week
A group of education experts selected to overhaul Minnesota's rules for what public school students must learn are in a race with the clock.
February 19, 2003 – Education Week
As budget-balancing scenes play out in districts throughout Minnesota, policymakers and school experts are trading shots over what can be done about the worsening school budget situation.
October 9, 2002 – Education Week
Enrollment in Minnesota's public-school-choice programs grew enormously during the 1990s, particularly among students who moved from traditional public schools to alternative schools, according to a new study.
June 12, 2002 – Education Week
Ongoing disputes in the legislature over education spending and tax cuts last week left a government shutdown looking like a serious possibility in Minnesota.
June 20, 2001 – Education Week
Under a proposal crafted by the Ventura administration, the state is poised to take over the day-to-day costs of K-12 education, shifting that burden away from the local property-tax base.
June 6, 2001 – Education Week
Some high school students in the Midwest skipped class to help sandbag buildings in flood-threatened towns along the Mississippi River last week, as rising waters closed some schools and turned others into shelters.
April 25, 2001 – Education Week
Over the next few years, math enrollment at Roseville Area High School promises to look like the Dow Jones Industrial average in the 1990s: It'll keep going up.
April 18, 2001 – Education Week

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