Schools

Anoka-Hennepin teachers plan to rally for a safe school reopening plan Monday

BY: - August 24, 2020

Members of the Anoka-Hennepin teacher’s union plan to rally for a safe reopening plan outside district headquarters Monday night, while the school board holds a virtual meeting about the start of the school year.  Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, the union representing more than 2,600 educators and staff, said the district hasn’t presented a “consistent message” about […]

Thousands of Minnesota students still don’t have internet for distance learning

BY: - August 17, 2020

Myisha Holley’s family didn’t have internet at home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She was finishing her college degree and helping her three middle schoolers at home, so reliable internet was essential — and nearly impossible for the St. Paul single mom to find on a budget.  The public library closed before they could borrow […]

Minnetonka superintendent: Flu riskier than COVID-19 for students and families

BY: - August 7, 2020

The traditional flu poses more risks to students and families than COVID-19, Minnetonka Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Peterson said during a Thursday evening meeting about the district’s reopening plans — a claim refuted by experts since the beginning of the pandemic. That comment and others made by Peterson Thursday night alarmed some parents and staff as […]

Minnesota school reopening plans: Decisions, upcoming announcements from the state’s largest districts

BY: - August 3, 2020

Three of Minnesota’s 10 largest school districts have announced their plans for the start of the upcoming school year — and none plan to bring students back to school full-time, at least not right away. Two districts — Anoka-Hennepin and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan — will begin the year with hybrid learning for all grade levels, and Minneapolis […]

Minnesota’s most vulnerable students may have lost a year of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - July 31, 2020

Sizi Goyah motivates his Brooklyn Center High School math students by dancing, singing and rapping through algebra and calculus.  But when Minnesota schools switched to distance learning in March, it was difficult for Goyah, like many educators, to teach new material — or even get his students to log on.  His class attendance rate — […]

Minnesota schools can reopen if COVID-19 spread is under control, Walz says

BY: - July 30, 2020

Minnesota school districts will be allowed to hold in-person school this fall if the spread of COVID-19 is under control in their communities and they can implement safety measures, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. The state’s reopening guidance allows districts some flexibility in their decisions to resume in-person lessons, remote teaching or a mix of […]

What are the pros and cons of reopening schools this fall?

BY: - July 21, 2020

As Minnesota parents await a decision from Gov. Tim Walz about the start of the fall 2020 school year, the debate over reopening schools in the United States is becoming more fraught with each passing day. The U.S. reported more than 76,500 new cases last Thursday, breaking its daily record for the 11th time this […]

COMMENTARY

No lawsuit immunity for universities

BY: - July 20, 2020

Universities and colleges have joined corporations in lobbying Congress for sweeping immunity from lawsuits if workers, students, or customers get COVID-19 while on the premises. As a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, I miss my classmates and the learning experience of Mondale Hall. I want more than anything to return to in-person […]

White parents more comfortable reopening schools than non-white parents, survey says

BY: - July 13, 2020

Black, Indigenous and other parents of color are less comfortable with the prospect of in-person school this fall than white parents, according to a new survey released by the Minnesota Department of Education. More than 130,000 parents responded to the unscientific survey, which asked about families’ experiences with distance learning and feelings about the fall. […]

Pandemic, Trump immigration policies wreaking havoc on students — and the U

BY: - July 13, 2020

The pandemic and the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies have created vast uncertainty for international students — and the University of Minnesota’s finances and educational landscape.  The University of Minnesota has seen an increasing share of revenue from a growing international student population for the past several years. During the past four years, tuition revenue from Twin […]

Gov. Tim Walz says he’s not sure yet if students will be back at school this fall

BY: - July 7, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that his administration isn’t sure yet whether students will be back at school in the fall — and some legislators aren’t happy. “It is still my intention for us to try and find a model where we get as many students back in the buildings as possible, that we do it […]

COMMENTARY

Teachers write: We are committed to ending racial injustice in our schools — and outside its walls

BY: - July 1, 2020

Juneteenth is supposed to be a momentous and jubilant occasion, the oldest national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.  The celebration on June 19th was marred 100 years ago when a white mob in Duluth lynched three Black circus workers. This Juneteenth, Minnesotans were mourning the life of George Floyd, yet […]