Walz seeks $5.1 billion to expand early learning, child care and enact paid family leave

BY: - January 25, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a $5.1 billion proposal to fund schools, expand early learning programs and implement a paid family leave program he says will provide Minnesota students and families more options for pre-kindergarten and keep the state competitive. The plan outlined on Tuesday would be funded with a mix of one-time state general fund […]

St. Paul students stage walkout over rising COVID-19 cases

BY: - January 18, 2022

High school students across St. Paul walked out of classrooms Tuesday afternoon to protest the district’s COVID-19 precautions, which they say aren’t sufficient to protect students. The students want the St. Paul Public Schools officials to immediately switch to virtual learning for two weeks and implement other policies related to COVID-19, including providing KN95 masks […]

‘Raising Ollie’: A celebrated Minnesota teacher on raising his nonbinary child

BY: - January 18, 2022

Tom Rademacher, Minnesota’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, says nothing has been more inspiring to his work as an educator than raising his child, Ollie. Rademacher shares stories of his family and his work as a public school teacher during an especially eventful year of Ollie’s childhood in his recently published book, “Raising Ollie: How […]

Federal aid is propping up child care. It isn’t a long-term fix.

BY: - January 14, 2022

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars for child care providers will continue to flow through the states this year, cheered by both Republican and Democratic governors who say parents need affordable child care to get back to work. But child care providers and advocates warn that the federal money, which expires in 2024, won’t solve the industry’s […]

Guaranteed savings contract helps Minnesota college finance efficiency

BY: - December 22, 2021

One of Minnesota’s oldest state universities will undergo a major energy savings retrofit next year without tapping into any public funding. Winona State University, founded as a teachers’ college in 1858, is set to benefit from $12.3 million worth of upgrades to its southeastern Minnesota campus. School officials could have spent years trying to persuade […]

State education spending projections down $326 million in new budget forecast

BY: - December 7, 2021

The state of Minnesota will spend $326 million less than expected on preK-12 education this biennium, a 1.6% decline compared to projections released in spring 2021, Minnesota Management and Budget announced Tuesday. The update came as part of the annual November budget forecast, which this year projected a record-high $7.7 billion budget surplus. That’s mostly […]

Former principal sues Marshall school board for discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment

BY: - December 3, 2021

MARSHALL — A former middle school principal filed suit against the Marshall Public School District Board on Wednesday, accusing the board of discrimination and retaliation for her refusal to remove a LGBTQ pride flag from a display in the school cafeteria last year. In her lawsuit, Mary Kay Thomas also accuses school board director Bill […]

Latest social studies standards draft urges ethnic studies focus

BY: - November 19, 2021

Minnesota is poised to join a handful of states requiring ethnic studies for all public school students. In its third and final draft, a committee tasked with revising the state’s social studies standards included an ethnic studies focus area along with new requirements for the teaching of gender and religion. That draft — coming after more […]

State approves St. Paul Public Schools COVID relief spending plan

BY: - November 8, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Education approved St. Paul Public Schools’ plan to spend $207 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, the school district announced Monday. Schools nationwide received more than $100 billion through the American Rescue Plan Act to implement COVID-19 safety measures, help students make up for lost learning time and address the pandemic’s […]

Republicans call on Minnesota School Board Association to cut ties with national association

BY: - November 5, 2021

A group of Republican state legislators are calling on the Minnesota School Board Association to cut ties with the National School Boards Association, after the national organization asked the federal government to investigate threats and harassment against school board members. Seven members of the state GOP sent a letter to the MSBA Thursday saying they […]

Minnesota voters reject many anti-mask, anti-CRT school board candidates

BY: - November 4, 2021

The swell of school board candidates across Minnesota who campaigned against masking and diversity efforts didn’t see much success on Election Day, as voters mostly stuck with incumbents or went for candidates who took different stances on hot-button issues. More than 230 candidates filed to run in elections across 46 districts this fall, according to […]

School operating levies successful in many Minnesota districts

BY: - November 3, 2021

Voters across Minnesota approved the majority of school operating levies and bonds on the ballot in Tuesday’s election, according to the Minnesota School Board Association. Sixty-six school districts asked voters to renew levies for operations or capital projects — or raise taxes to increase levies — as schools struggle with rising costs due to the COVID-19 […]