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.
It's the second high profile departure from Totino-Grace High School in recent months. The school's president resigned this summer after announcing he was in a same-sex relationship. Such incidents are happening across the country as church doctrine collides with changing views on marriage.
A new study from the University of Minnesota finds students who struggle to understand basic number concepts in early grades continue to make uncommon mistakes in math later on.
Students in about two dozen Minneapolis schools without air conditioning stayed home today after the district cancelled classes due to the stifling heat and humidity.
Minnesota education officials are sounding a loud note of caution over how to interpret the statewide student assessment test scores they're releasing Tuesday. The data appear to show a big decline in reading scores over last year.
Results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests, or MCAs, are one measure of how well students, as well as their schools and teachers, are performing.