Denise Specht took over as leader of Education Minnesota on July 1, replacing Tom Dooher. She's is asking state officials, school districts and teachers to find an alternative to high stakes testing as a way to measure student progress.
State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color.
A new national study of charter schools finds some improvement in school performance, but shows students at charters still aren't doing as well as students in traditional public schools.
Supporters of an east metro school that appears likely to close are hoping to get a last-minute reprieve.
Parents, students and staff protested outside the Minnesota School of Science in north Minneapolis charter school over a district decision that could close the school.
The national non-profit group that places recent college graduates without teaching licenses in schools temporarily now needs to apply for individual temporary licenses.
A 41-year-old man faces 3rd-degree sexual assault charges after he allegedly had sex with a high school student while working for the Robbinsdale school district.
Minneapolis Public Schools is ending the building lease for one of its partner charter schools.
Minnesota's latest move to improve teaching methods, implement tougher standards and ways to measure student performance mirrors a national trend that began with the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind policy that mandated increased reliance on standardized tests.
New funding will allow Minnesota school districts to offer free all day kindergarten Minnesota starting in 2014.
Gov. Mark Dayton offered condolences to the staff and students of Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park on Friday morning during a memorial held for two students who died this week in a landslide.
It was a tough Thursday for students and teachers at Peter Hobart Elementary as they dealt with the loss of two students who died in a landslide during a field trip the previous day.
In Minnesota, schools are required to have plans in place in case a tornado strikes. One Minnesota school destroyed by a tornado three years ago was rebuilt with twisters in mind.
Supporters of a move to strengthen Minnesota's anti-bullying law say they will push the issue again next session. A bill that would have required schools to track cases of bullying and better train staff to deal with bullying was pulled from consideration early Monday morning, as it faced a filibuster from Republicans who had concerns over the cost of the measure.
In the latest effort to boost student performance, the Minneapolis school district wants to give more autonomy to individual schools. Under the effort schools would have discretion over budgeting, hiring, scheduling and curriculum.