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."
Homes shot at randomly in Wisconsin; residents nearly struck
The people inside the homes were nearly struck, according to the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office.
Charges: Man killed roommate's 4 pet ferrets after argument
He told police he swears one of the ferrets was "laughing and breathing" as he kept shooting it in the head, charges state.
St. Cloud 27-year-old ID'd as victim of homicide near U of M
The shooting, which also injured two others, occurred Thursday near the 500 block of 15th Avenue South.
Liquor store employee shot twice while trying to stop shoplifter
No arrests have been made.
Testimony to begin in federal trial of 3 former Minneapolis cops
Opening statements begin Monday.
What happens to the Vikings if Aaron Rodgers leaves the NFC North?
Rodgers said he isn't interested in rebuilding in Green Bay, is it time for the Vikings to pounce or stay the course?
Sheriff: Men found unresponsive in garage died of cocaine overdose
Two of the three men found unresponsive in an Eyota garage last week died of a drug overdose, a preliminary autopsy found.
Ant's injury clouds Timberwolves' victory over the Nets
The Timberwolves star was injured in the final minutes on Sunday night.
Byron native Ayoka Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game
The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.
It's going to be stupid cold again Tuesday and Wednesday
They'll almost certainly be the 10th and 11th days with subzero temps this month.
Video: Tow truck driver hit by vehicles on icy Minnesota freeway
The incident was caught on camera by MnDOT.
Minnesota schools look better under new state accountability system
The full impact of Minnesota's new accountability system came into view this week with the announcement of the final group of schools facing new labels and corrective actions. The state now uses its own system after it won a waiver from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Using the new definitions makes the overall picture seem rosier: 213 schools are now labeled underperforming in some way, compared to more than 1,000 under No Child Left Behind.
Minnesota to renew pursuit of No Child Left Behind waiver
Education officials will revise Minnesota's application for a waiver from the federal law in light of conditions laid out by President Obama. The state wants to be freed from the testing requirements and mandatory sanctions in No Child Left Behind.
Minn. ed commissioner to join Obama for 'No Child Left Behind' announcement
Officials say the president plans to formally announce that states seeking to drop parts of the law can apply for waivers. Cassellius submitted Minnesota's waiver request last month.
AP: Minnesota gets 'No Child' waiver
The AP quotes an anonymous official who says ten states, including Minnesota, will get waivers from the federal "No Child Left Behind" law. The law requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014, but some educators say that goal is unrealistic, and that the law is too strict and leads schools to "teach to the test."
Minnesota seeks relief from 'No Child Left Behind' law
The waiver asks that the state be relieved of some of the law's provisions -- including the requirement that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014.
Kline: Obama overreaching his power with 'No Child Left Behind' waivers
Kline says states should be allowed to opt out of the controversial law, which sets unachievable goals for some schools. But he says the president is overreaching his power by granting waivers from the program.
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