As lawmakers put together the next state budget, some people might find it odd that Minnesota school officials are not scrambling for the big chunk of money they're owed from the state.
On Thursday, Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline will hold hearings in Washington on school security. Kline, who chairs the House Education Committee, spoke with school officials in Burnsville today to get their input on the issue.
A bill that would allow schools to start before before Labor Day came before a Minnesota House education committee on Thursday.
Some Somali students say not enough is being done to ease racial tension at South High School in Minneapolis, which just last week was the site of a brawl involving hundreds of students.
Classes were in session Friday at Minneapolis South High School, the day after a lunch room brawl involving hundreds of students. School officials say they are trying to move beyond yesterday's fight, which some students say was caused by racial tension at the school. The incident has other districts examining how they respond to problems among groups of students.
For 65,000 students in Minnesota, English is not their first language. The state spends $40 million annually to help those students learn English, while they also study math, reading, writing, and other subjects. Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by 12 percent a year, in hopes of increasing student test scores.
The Minneapolis school district is facing a projected $25 million deficit in the next fiscal year.
A Minnesota Department of Education report, put together with help from educators, school officials and mental health experts, is recommending schools be allowed to continue the use of a controversial physical restraint, used to subdue or calm agitated students, until 2017.
A trip to the principal's office is something dreaded by students, and often the last resort for teachers. But Minnesota schools are looking for ways to keep students in the classroom and out of the principal's office by training teachers to better help students understand how to behave in school.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools puts Minnesota at No. 1 in its latest rankings of charter school laws.
The Edina School Board has approved a plan to start school before Labor Day, despite the objections of many parents.
Minnesota is a one of a handful of states that mandates students start school after Labor Day, unless a district obtains a special waiver from the state. Efforts to change that law have failed at the legislature in recent years.
On Jan. 11, four students wrapped string around the neck of a dark skinned doll and hung it in a stairwell. The students posted pictures of the doll online, provoking an outcry from parents, students and members of the community.
All levels of education, from preschool to higher ed, would receive increases in funding under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, 88.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated after four years in high school.