Wednesday's incident at New Prague Middle School was just a hoax, but it offers a glimpse at how Minnesota schools are prepared to react to dangerous situations.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost.
The state is one of the first four taking part in GradNation, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, a group founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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An independent report on the University of Minnesota's administrative structure finds some departments could be made more efficient by increasing the employee to supervisor ratio.
A report offered to Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday suggests the state give schools more special education funding, but also take steps to curb the increasing costs of those programs. Special education is taking up more and more of school districts' budgets, at a time when federal and state funds don't fully cover what schools spend on special education.
Fifty students in fifth through eighth grades from the Twin Cities metro area will take part in a regional spelling bee Saturday at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
A measure that would strengthen Minnesota's bullying law passed the House Education Policy committee Thursday night.
A bill to replace Minnesota's anti-bullying statute made its first committee appearance Thursday at the state House.
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.