Before this year, 54 percent of students had access to all-day kindergarten. In some school districts, parents had to pay as much as $4,000 a year for the option.
When it comes to finding substitutes, schools have big problems. Fewer people are becoming teachers, and the strong job market also has made the part-time work a tough sell.
Dayton said he wants to cut the number of state tests by a third. Under the governor's proposal, seven of 21 standardized tests would be dropped.
Citing federal funding that is half of what other Minnesota districts receive from the state, American Indian leaders say more state support is needed to boost student achievement.
Students from all groups showed better high school graduation rates, the Education Department said Tuesday. Still, deep gaps remain between whites and black, Native American and Latino students.
Educators want to expand a program that encourages schools to keep from sending students home for bad behavior.
Fewer than 60 percent of the state's black and Hispanic students graduate in four years, and just 49 percent of Native American students do, according to an MPR News analysis.
Faced with stiff competition and declining law school enrollment, Hamline University and William Mitchell College of Law said Friday they will merge law programs.
The app uses a color coded system to show families the status of students' morning and afternoon bus routes.
Bills in the state House and Senate would let districts decide whether to shorten their weeks, without state permission.
Bernadeia Johnson leaves behind a plan to close the achievement gap and a debate about whether her plan should be scrapped.
The Minneapolis Police Department did a sweep of the building this morning, and found no "unsafe material."
Although Gov. Mark Dayton's budget includes a $174 million increase to the per-pupil funding formula, the 1 percent increase is half of what school officials say is needed.
The school board will hear public input on the policy before it comes to a final vote in the spring.
If their plans are approved by the school board this spring, school leaders would get the freedom to make decisions on budgets, hiring, scheduling and curriculum.