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).