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In Minnesota, Some Schools Get More for Their Money but Student Demographics Matter, Too

The Herald compared five districts in northwest Minnesota — East Grand Forks, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Roseau and Warroad — using a few key metrics for the 2012-2013 school year that showed more spending didn’t necessarily produce better results. East Grand Forks School District, for example, spent the least per student but had one of the highest graduation rates.

Of course, comparing schools with these guidelines represents a fraction of what a good education involves and doesn’t account for the host of variables affecting the results. Districts scored higher in some areas and lower in others compared to the state average. But superintendents said their communities are getting the best education possible and it can go beyond the numbers.