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Minnesota offers K–12 students and their families several types of school choice, including two private school choice programs, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and inter-district public school choice via an open enrollment policy.

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Private School Choice

Minnesota has two private school choice programs, an individual tax credit and an individual tax deduction for educational expenses. These programs help families afford to send their children to participating private schools.

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Public School Choice

Minnesota has an inter-district open enrollment policy that allows some parents to transfer their students to traditional public schools outside their district. Minnesota does have magnet schools.

Charter Schools

Minnesota has charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are free of many of the regulations that restrict traditional public schools.


Parents have to follow certain laws in Minnesota when homeschooling their children.