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Education Board

Also known as:
Minnesota State Board of Education
Active dates:1919 - 1999

Set statewide education policies for the Minnesota Department of Education and elementary and secondary schools in Minnesota.


The legislature established a state board of education in 1919, charging it with providing "general supervision over public schools and public education agencies in the state." The original board had five members and was expanded to seven members in 1951 and to nine members in 1967.

Several legislators in legislative sessions in the 1980s and 1990s drafted or introduced bills to abolish the board, but it was not until the 1998 legislative session that such a proposal passed, effective December 31, 1999 (Laws 1998, chapter 398, article 5, section 56).

(Information in paragraphs above taken from Minnesota House Research Bill Summary HF770, Subject: Establishing a State Board of Education. For a complete overview, see link provided below in the Internet Resource section).


9 members (1 from each congressional district and 1 at large, including 3 who have previously served as school board members); 4-year terms; appointed by governor; senate confirmation required; per diem and expenses; members file with Ethical Practices Board.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Record last updated: 04/22/2019

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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