Minnesota is one of 11 states appealing to the federal government for a No Child Left Behind waiver request that could alter the criteria used for measuring a school's success. National officials say more information is necessary to determine how schools should be measured.
Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect
Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville
Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.
Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee
The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.
Minneapolis man dies after crash leaves him pinned under vehicle
Clemente Garcia, 20, died Wednesday morning.
19-year-old gunned down marks 43rd homicide in Minneapolis this year
The victim's identity has not been released.
Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park
The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.
Planned Parenthood suspends abortion services in WI due to 173-year-old law
A battle in the courts is likely coming.
How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction
The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life
Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.
80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.
30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town
It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.
Will Minnesota's new school assessments be an improvement over No Child Left Behind?
The state has developed new ways to measure school performance if a requested waiver from No Child Left Behind is approved. The Education Commissioner thinks they'll be fairer and more accurate. A state business leader thinks they'll "destroy the accountability system for schools."
St. Cloud schools would have to report bullying to feds under deal to settle Somali harassment case
The St. Cloud School District would have to report to the federal government any future allegations of harassment or discrimination against Somali students under a settlement that would end an investigation in the district. The investigation finds the district did not break any federal rules in how it handled previous incidents.
How does your school rank in new accountability system?
The state officially said goodbye to the federal No Child Left Behind law on Tuesday and will use its own Multiple Measurement Ratings, which officials say is a fairer accountability system.
Nearly half of Minnesota kindergartners not ready for school
A Minnesota School Readiness Study says only about 55 percent of incoming kindergarten students are ready for school. State education officials say a child's readiness entering school is the biggest indicator of future academic success.
Low-performing schools submit blueprints for improvement
Now that Minnesota schools are out from under the federal No Child Left Behind law – and working under a more flexible state accountability system – Minnesota's 127 lowest-performing schools have submitted school-specific plans for boosting achievement, the Star Tribune reports. School leaders have plans for fixes ranging from adding more math to the school day, to helping parents work with their preschoolers.
Districts struggle with state approval for shorter school weeks
Minnesota school officials considering the change to a four-day school week are having trouble getting approval from the state. Sleepy Eye's request was recently denied by the state's education chief, who cited the impact on students who receive free and reduced lunches. Many districts also say the application process for a shorter school week is extraordinarily complex.
Fewer school kids walk to school
Federal officials think the lack of sidewalks and safe crosswalks are discouraging school children from walking to school. The Pioneer Press reports even after hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending, the percentage of kids walking to school remains in the low double digits. In one Woodbury school, not one of the more than 800 students walks.
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