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Some Minn. High Schools Try Going Without Subs

Will Kaeding’s teacher was absent, so the Chanhassen sophomore went to one of his school’s common spaces, cracked open his laptop and started working on his online assignment — no substitute teacher in sight.

Chanhassen High, along with Farmington High, are among the first schools in the state to try letting students learn on their own rather than hiring substitutes to fill in for teachers. Administrators tout the change as “flexible learning,” an educational approach that teaches students responsibility — and saves districts tens of thousands of dollars a year.