Law provides: Minnesota law provides that public education shall be free and no pupil can be denied an education because of economic hardship and the inability to provide the books and supplies necessary to complete the requirements for graduation. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 120)
School facilities are supplied by the 339 independent school districts, three intermediate districts, five integration districts, 17 education districts, four tribal schools, 20 cooperative districts, 9 telecommunications districts, and 136 charter schools. In addition, many students have the opportunity to enroll in schools outside their own district through various attendance options programs. School districts are governed by elected school boards. The public school districts of Minnesota provide for the education of about 828,000 students from kindergarten through grade 12.*
Additional information about Minnesota school districts is available from Data Management, Department of Education, 1500 Hwy. 36 W., Roseville 55113, (651)582-8600. * In addition, 510 private schools provide for the education of about 84,000 students, and over 17,000 students are home educated in the state.
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