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 […]

Six Minnesota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

BY: - September 21, 2021

Six Minnesota schools have been named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Nationwide, 325 schools in 45 states were included in this year’s list for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. In Minnesota, two schools were recognized as “exemplary high-performing schools”: Barnesville […]

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 […]