Nearly 73 percent of Minnesota children were prepared to start kindergarten in the fall of 2012, or about 13 percent more than in 2010, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Education.
The rallies, sponsored by gay and lesbian advocacy group OutFront Minnesota and the state's teachers union Education Minnesota, will focus on raising support for a new bill that would require schools to track cases of bullying and train staff on how to prevent bullying.
New research from the University of Minnesota shows that when teenagers start school later in the morning, they're tardy less often, are absent fewer days, and their grades improve. But districts considering a later start time often face push back from parents who schedule their lives around their students' school routine.
State education officials say that system is helping struggling schools make progress. So now they're adding three more centers in Marshall, Fergus Falls and Mountain Iron.
Upcoming changes to the GED's reading, writing, science, social studies and math tests have many people rushing to finish the high school diploma equivalent before the tests get more difficult in 2014.
The City of Minneapolis is providing the land for the project and nearly $5 million in funding. The Basilica of St. Mary has pledged $1 million dollars to help build the apartment complex.
One man is dead after an early morning house fire in St. Paul. Eight family members who were alerted by smoke detectors escaped the fire without injury.
A nearly $500 million increase in state education funding approved by lawmakers this spring seems to be clearing the way for teacher pay raises, at least in some parts of the state.
The St. Paul school district has changed its special education program in a big way, moving hundreds of students from separate special education to general education classrooms.
More than 20 percent of Minnesota's 333 school districts had property tax levy requests on Tuesday's ballot -- a typical number for an off-year election.
The districts are asking for more local taxpayer support even after they received a nearly half a billion dollar boost in funding from the legislature.
The search comes amid frustration over technical glitches that affected tests taken by thousands of students last spring. Education department officials have documented problems they've had with the company, ranging from issue with test questions and scoring to inability to meet deadlines.
The GED diploma has helped high school dropouts for decades get into college or find a job. Earning that diploma, though, is about to get a lot harder. Starting Jan. 1, new exams will feature fewer multiple choice questions, more essays and tougher math problems.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Friday over a recent levy campaign in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. The Minnesota Voters Alliance claims the district used taxpayer dollars for political purposes when it sent out mailers ahead of a 2011 levy vote.
When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states, relying on school districts to police themselves.