School district officials say a four-day schedule works well for students and their communities. But Minnesota Department of Education officials would like to see the shortened weeks go the way of the one-room schoolhouse.
How district officials make the often-difficult decision depends on a number of factors. Sometimes it has to do with diesel. At other times it's about gloves.
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.