The survey found that alcohol consumption, marijuana use and smoking was down among ninth graders.
Educators are customizing core instruction based on student needs and sending more math and literacy specialists to the schools to work with students in small groups.
The University of Minnesota will offer low-income students financial literacy classes, peer tutoring and other aid to help them stay in school.
Teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School in St. Paul have voted to join the statewide teachers union Education Minnesota.
The bill would replace the state's current anti-bullying law - just 37 words long - which requires school districts have a bullying policy in place, but doesn't offer guidance on what it should entail.
State officials say they understand an unexpected day off can be tough, especially for single parents or those who can't take time off. They say that's why they made the decision now, to give parents time to get things sorted out.
City adult education officials say they gave 8,600 GED tests in 2013, more than twice the number handed out in a typical year.
North Branch adopted a four-day week in 2009 as a way to save money on energy, transportation, and substitute teacher costs. Superintendent Deb Henton is recommending the district use the funds to return to a five-day week.
Teachers' overall evaluations will be judged on student performance, information from surveys given to their students, and classroom observations by evaluators. Each district will choose how to best measure student performance.
Two University of Minnesota students have drafted legislation to ban "gay conversion therapy" for minors in Minnesota.
A year after a gunman killed 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, some Minnesota schools have added new alarms, classroom door locks and security cameras. And some have considered hiring new police officers and security guards.
Selecting the right tree for the Christmas holiday takes dressing properly for the winter elements, having the right tool for the job and knowing what type of tree is the best fit for each home.
Nearly 73 percent of Minnesota children were prepared to start kindergarten in the fall of 2012, or about 13 percent more than in 2010, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Education.
The rallies, sponsored by gay and lesbian advocacy group OutFront Minnesota and the state's teachers union Education Minnesota, will focus on raising support for a new bill that would require schools to track cases of bullying and train staff on how to prevent bullying.
New research from the University of Minnesota shows that when teenagers start school later in the morning, they're tardy less often, are absent fewer days, and their grades improve. But districts considering a later start time often face push back from parents who schedule their lives around their students' school routine.