Most troubling, the achievement gap shows no sign of improvement.
The House and Senate bills still require annual standardized testing to measure student proficiency. But both bills also give states the power to decide how best to improve test scores.
"When you travel around the country and you ask people about No Child Left Behind, there is literally nobody who says 'Wow that's a great law,'" Kline said.
The Minnesota Department of Education wants schools to give school districts access to integration money without having to work to achieve racial balance.
Lawmakers halved Minnesota's testing budget during the special session, repealed several required high school tests and stopped paying for all juniors to take the ACT college entrance exam.
Providing double the money won't necessarily double the number of students who benefit. That's because state officials are considering increasing the amount of each scholarship to cover more of the typical cost of preschool.
Minneapolis public schools this fall plan to spread autism teachers and special education aides throughout the district, rather than concentrating programs at certain schools. That has some parents concerned.
The protest comes a day after state regulators approved a pipeline designed by Enbridge that would move 225,000 barrels of North Dakota crude oil across Minnesota per day.
Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of an education funding bill that does not provide money for universal pre-kindergarten did more than just send a strong message to state lawmakers.
Minnesota school administrators say they'll cut teachers and programs over the next two years if lawmakers don't set aside more money for education funding.
Blackduck, Lake Superior, MACCRAY, Ogilvie and Pelican Rapids can keep their shortened weeks for at least one more year as the Legislature weighs changes in the law.
The designation could help the city win more federal money for educational opportunities, housing, jump training and crime prevention.
Minnesota students faced delays up to an hour Tuesday morning when they tried to take their state exams. More problems popped up in the afternoon. Similar glitches surfaced last week.
Some schools Wednesday reported a second day of delays because of computer problems tied to the state's test vendor.
A server malfunction at testing company Pearson prevented students and test administrators from logging into the system. The system should be working by Wednesday.