School choice advocates and opponents of taxpayer money going to private schools squared off at the state Capitol Tuesday, foreshadowing a possible national fight over whether students should get public help to pay private school tuition.
The mother of an African-American student at Elm Middle School said she is pulling her daughter out of the Elmwood Park school after a note was left in the girl’s locker telling her to call a phone number that led to a racist message.
Gov. Mark Dayton has spent much of his six years in office building a legacy largely focused on increasing the funding and reach of the public school system, especially for the state’s youngest learners.
Despite its name, the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul has not distinguished itself with excellence. Instead, the Hmong-focused charter has become one of Minnesota’s most scandal-ridden schools.
One of the students stranded on the side of the road by a Moorhead school bus driver Tuesday, Nov. 22, claims the driver used a racial slur as he abandoned about 20 children in the city’s industrial park.
Minnesota students completed more than 1 million standardized math, reading and science tests last spring, but school districts reported only one case of obvious cheating to the state Department of Education.