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.
The report says that since 2008 there's been a 40 percent increase in charters that serve mostly white students in first and second ring suburbs.
The new policy calls for recruiting and hiring a more diverse staff. It also proposes training teachers on how to better serve a racially diverse student body. And it seeks to better involve parents and the community in finding alternatives to policies may have hurt students of color.
Supporters credit the Multiple Measurement Ratings system, Minnesota's alternative to the federal No Child Left Behind program, for offering more help and fewer penalties to boost struggling schools. Critics worry schools are being let off the hook before real improvement is shown.
Multiple Measurement Ratings, also known as MMR, represents an alternative ranking system that state officials presented to the U.S. Department of Education when they asked to opt out of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2011.
The recent firing of a longtime Totino-Grace English teacher for being in a same-sex relationship has sparked discussion in the Catholic community. There's no consistent policy for how Catholic schools and colleges treat openly gay teachers or staff who are in relationships.
The Minneapolis school district is proposing changes to schools and academic programs to deal with an expected increase in enrollment, and to attract more students, in coming years.
The St. Paul Public Schools district has walked away from contract talks with the district's teachers union and is asking a state mediator to help with negotiations.
More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers opened the door to quicker routes into the teaching profession, the first alternative licensure program is now being developed.
Union leaders say they fear the Q Comp program, which uses state and local money to fund teacher training and merit pay, could disappear someday, leaving the district with a gap in funding.