Students back to school in 30 districts

About 30 districts in Minneapolis sent their students back to school Monday. More than 30,000 students in Minneapolis were among them. New this year in the city: a public transportation program for high school students and a new schools headquarters.

It was the first day of school for more than 30,000 students in the 70-school Minneapolis school district. Kindergarteners start Wednesday.

More than 30 districts in the state start Monday, KARE 11 reports. St. Paul schools start Sept. 4.

Special efforts are being made to keep students in school this year, Fox 9 reports. More than 41 percent of students miss eight or more days a year, the station says.

This year, thousands of Minneapolis high school students will ride on a MetroTransit bus or light rail train instead of the typical yellow school bus, MPR reports.

Also new for this year: a $41 million Minneapolis schools headquarters.

Minneapolis superintendent Bernadeia Johnson talked with WCCO about the busing change and the new year:

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