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About Minnesota

About Minnesota

Minnesota has a Department of Education and a State Commissioner of Education. There is no State Board of education for K-12.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • There is no State Board of education for K-12.

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Commissioner of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Tim Walz

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Willie Jett

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Education Stats And Facts

  • The Minnesota Department of Education reports that there are 2,097 public schools in the state with 893,875 K-12 students enrolled. There are 58,315 public school teachers in Minnesota, with an average of 15 years of experience statewide. Minnesotans also have the option of attending one of the state’s 160 public charter schools, with 62,751 PreK-12 students enrolled.

    Minnesota school districts use an open enrollment program, which means that families can apply to a traditional public school that’s outside of their district. Since no two public schools are the same, this option enables families to find the best school for their children. Over 86,000 Minnesota students use this school choice option.

    For nonpublic school options, private schools and homeschooling are also available. Since private schools charge tuition, Minnesota parents may be eligible for certain tax deduction programs. The state has 458 nonpublic schools with 65,738 students enrolled. Additionally, there are 20,201 homeschooled children in the state.





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