Minneapolis school goes remote over encampment concerns

BY: - September 15, 2021

A Minneapolis high school has switched to virtual learning and moved some classes off-site because of safety concerns after an encampment sprung up on school property this summer. Volunteers of America High School, an alternative school of about 85 students near the intersection of East Franklin Avenue and Cedar Avenue, will continue holding virtual and […]

Amid historic shortage, school bus drivers push for higher wages and unemployment benefits

BY: - September 13, 2021

Unionized school bus drivers say they know how to fix the historic shortage of drivers that’s led to hour-long delays for students: Give drivers higher wages, more hours and access to unemployment benefits. “We need more money. We need more hours. We need these to become real jobs,” said Kelly Gibbons, a former school bus […]

Black students disproportionately referred to law enforcement, report says

BY: - September 13, 2021

Black students and students with disabilities in Minnesota are referred to law enforcement at rates nearly double the statewide average, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. Nationwide, policing in schools disproportionately affects students of color and students with disabilities, CPI found. In Minnesota, 48 students out of every 10,000 were referred […]

Richfield parent threatens school staff in anti-mask rant

BY: - September 9, 2021

Police removed a parent from a Richfield elementary school Wednesday morning after the parent entered the school without permission and threatened staff during an anti-mask tirade. The parent wasn’t complying with the district’s mask policy, which requires all people over age 2 to wear masks in district buildings, a Richfield Public Schools spokesperson said. Despite […]

St. Paul to require staffers, vendors to get vaccinated or get tested weekly

BY: - September 3, 2021

The St. Paul Board of Education passed a resolution Friday requiring all staff members, contractors, vendors and visitors to be fully vaccinated or receive weekly COVID-19 testing, beginning Oct. 15. 

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states including Minnesota and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

Minnesota reading, math scores decline sharply during pandemic

BY: - August 27, 2021

Minnesota students’ scores on statewide standardized tests fell precipitously in spring 2021, following more than a year of distance learning and disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results released Friday by the Minnesota Department of Education. Roughly 44% of students met state standards in math, down from 55% in spring 2019, when tests […]

Second social studies standards draft again meets criticism

BY: - August 5, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Education recently published the second draft of proposed social studies standards, the latest step in a contentious monthslong revision process. This draft is comprehensive, the department says, unlike the widely criticized first draft published in November. It’s the product of a year of work by a committee tasked with determining what […]

University of Minnesota implements mask mandate for fall semester

BY: - August 2, 2021

The University of Minnesota is reinstating its mask mandate weeks before students are set to return to campus, University President Joan Gabel announced Monday. Effective Tuesday, all students, staff, faculty and visitors at the system’s campuses across the state will have to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, according to the announcement. The policy […]

Five Minnesota organizations receive USDA Farm to School grants

BY: - July 16, 2021

Five Minnesota school districts and community organizations will plant gardens and expand nutrition education with grants totaling more than $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a USDA news release. The USDA gave $12 million in Farm to School grants to more than 170 recipients this year, according to the release. The program […]

Teens in foster care will go to college for free, under new state program

BY: - July 13, 2021

Antania Goff remembers thinking, “This is my first step to changing my life,” when she opened her acceptance letter from St. Cloud State University. Goff knew exactly what she wanted to do with her degree: Open a transitional home for teens in the foster care system. She dreamed of providing young people with the support […]

Minnesota got $500 million for early childhood programs. Here’s where it’s going.

BY: - July 7, 2021

Child care and early learning programs in Minnesota will get a $500 million funding boost over the next two years, under the state budgets signed into law last week. It’s an unprecedented sum for the struggling industry — but advocates worry it isn’t a sustainable investment. Virtually all the money comes from federal COVID-19 relief […]