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 […]

Masks, critical race theory drive surge in school board election interest

BY: - October 28, 2021

Matt Onken ran for the Stillwater school board on the slogan, “Make school board meetings boring again.” The goal, which was a reaction to the increasingly politically charged atmosphere, seemed within reach for a few months after Onken joined the school board in January 2021. But by August, tensions escalated. Attendees yelled false claims about […]

School bus driver shortage leaves families scrambling to find alternative ways to class

BY: - October 18, 2021

Dominique Smith’s daughter was offered a school bus ride to Brooklyn Center’s Earle Brown Elementary throughout pre-K and kindergarten.  This year, due to a dire shortage of qualified bus drivers, she didn’t have that option. Smith said the school sent her a message before the year started stating that the 6-year-old would walk to school. […]

ACT participation declined among Minnesota seniors in 2021

BY: - October 13, 2021

Sixty percent of Minnesota high school seniors took the ACT in spring 2021, down from more than 90% in recent years, the Minnesota Department of Education announced Wednesday. The participation decline among the graduating class of 2021 was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted the graduating class’s junior and senior years, according to MDE. […]

Conservative Minnesota think tank decries equity studies in education in Marshall

BY: - October 8, 2021

MARSHALL — Kendall and Sheila Qualls appeared at an event organized by the Center of the American Experiment here recently, offering dark warnings about Marxism and the decline of the two-parent Black family, while encouraging action plans for influencing public school curriculum.  They spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Marshall Golf Club, […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter […]

Congressional panel hears from educators about how to safely reopen schools

BY: - September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — A school superintendent from a large Nevada district on Wednesday described how schools there have coped with the pandemic and returned to in-person learning, as members of Congress examined best practices for safe reopening. Jesus Jara, superintendent of Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, told a virtual panel of the House […]

Judges raise alarm over Hennepin County’s closure of sole youth correctional facility

BY: - September 29, 2021

Just two boys remain on the sprawling, 139-acre wooded campus of the Hennepin County Home School in Minnetonka, which for over a century has housed kids guilty of armed robbery, rape and other serious crimes. When the facility closes for good early next year — or likely sooner — there will be no other like […]