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April 2021

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Eastern Carver County schools looking to diversify library books

MPR

Teaching: It’s back to school in person for thousands more state students

CHALKBEAT

Facilities: As President Biden eyes infrastructure, recent research suggests students’ environments really do matter for learning

CBS NEWS

Teaching: Pandemic drives new and seasoned U.S. teachers from the profession

K-12 DIVE

Funding: Nearly $200 billion in K-12 pandemic relief funding for U.S. schools brings advantages and challenges

Resource: How to help students navigate anti-Asian racism

KNOWLEDGE WORKS

Column: Redefining instructional hours to promote systemic innovation

THE WASHINGTON POST

Analysis: Backlash growing to President Biden’s insistence that schools give standardized tests during the pandemic


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Funding: Blue Earth Area schools look at funding


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BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Staples-Motley voters deny another referendaum

Voters in the Staples-Motley School District rejected a bond referendum Tuesday, April 13, for the second time in three years.

The bond issue requested $64.4 million for renovations and expansions to the district’s middle/high school and elementary school. Funds would have gone toward addressing aging infrastructure, modernizing classroom and technical education spaces and improving accessibility and building security.

Unofficial vote totals Tuesday night stood at 910 voters in favor and 1,555 opposed.

“While we are disappointed in the result of this election, we respect the decision made by voters and thank everyone who took this opportunity to make their voice heard,” Superintendent Shane Tappe stated in a news release. “Our district will continue to provide our students with a high quality education, and we will continue to explore other ways to improve our facilities.”

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Courts: Perjury conviction in Blue Earth football assault upheld

BLUE EARTH — The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the perjury conviction of a woman accused of giving a false alibi for a teen involved in the assault of a Blue Earth High School football teammate in 2017.

Allison Ann Mastin, 38, of Blue Earth, sought to have her conviction overturned on three grounds, but the appeals court Monday dismissed her claims.

Court documents say Mastin falsely testified at a 2018 court hearing that Wyatt Tungland was at her home in Blue Earth while a teen was beaten unconscious. The assault, which left the boy with a serious concussion, occurred during an underage drinking party at a house in Winnebago the early morning of October 19, 2017.

Tungland, who was dating Mastin’s daughter, admitted he was at the party. He and three other teens were charged in the assault.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Buildings: What to do with an old high school?

As construction on the new Owatonna High School inches closer each day, community leaders are turning to residents for ideas on how to repurpose the existing high school.

The school district plans to use a new online platform to gather input from the community.

At Monday’s school board work session, Superintendent Jeff Elstad, along with Brad Meier, president of the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, and Peng Olson, community relations manager at Federated Insurance, presented an initiative to engage Owatonnans using Bang The Table’s community engagement platform called Engage Owatonna. The platform allows various community project leaders to work with the public at the ideation stage in the decision-making process.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Budget: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage forecasts $10.86 million deficit

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District is looking to close a $10.86 million budget deficit projected for the next fiscal year while minimizing the impact to students.

Various programs and extracurricular activities have been lost to budget cuts in recent years while the district grapples with a declining enrollment trend. Last year, three schools were closed permanently due to the loss of students.

However, this year’s budget process won’t put district programs on the chopping block, according to Lisa Rider, the district’s executive director of business services. Instead, district officials plan to spend down district fund balances and apply federal aid to balance the budget.

Approximately $5.71 million is proposed to be covered with fund balances and $3.9 million will be covered with federal aid.

Safety: Officials say racist threats were a hoax

The hateful messages received last week by Black students at White Bear Lake Area High School were a “hoax,” sent by a female student who was trying to raise awareness of problems at the school, according to school and city officials.

The FBI helped identify the student who created the anonymous Instagram account, and she took responsibility Monday afternoon, Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak wrote Tuesday in a letter to families.

Kazmierczak wrote that the student “poses no threat to students of color.” And he described the messages as “a hoax sent under false pretense.”

The superintendent’s letter left many in community confused about what actually happened, and a school district spokeswoman on Tuesday declined to provide more information, citing the “ongoing investigation.”

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Election: Randy Frederickson joins Willmar School Board

Randy Frederickson has wanted to join the Willmar School Board a while, and now he has his chance. He was elected to the board in a special election Tuesday.

Frederickson, who taught in Willmar Public Schools for nearly three decades, said, “The longer you work for an organization, the easier it is to identify where improvements could be made,” he said Wednesday, and he’s considered the idea of running for some time.

Frederickson, 62, filed to run in the 2020 board election, but came in fifth in a field where the top four candidates were elected to the board. He is a retired middle school science teacher who currently works as an aquatic invasive species educator for Kandiyohi County and a part-time employee of the Wild Bird Warehouse.

After Michael O’Brien left the board to serve on the Willmar City Council, Frederickson was elected in the special election as the only candidate.



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Governor Walz not eyeing new restrictions as he looks to extend emergency powers

MPR

Arts: For virtual music teacher, it means teaching kids to hear the way I hear

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Reduced broadband funding added to omnibus agriculture bill headed to House floor

CNN

Study: Children’s healthiest meals of the day come from school cafeterias

Teaching: Some U.S. teachers are choosing to quit rather than go back to school while pandemic lingers

EDUCATION NEXT

Testing: College Board and ACT move to grow and diversify as the pandemic fuels test-optional admissions trend

K-12 DIVE

Learning: Study links later middle school and high school start times to better student achievement


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AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Events: Austin schools making up for lost time

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Finances: Fairmont Area School District hears results of bond sales


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BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd School Board wants to add diverse voices to performing arts center naming issue

Naming process 2.0 is underway for the new Brainerd Public Schools performing arts center.

After soliciting name suggestions for the 1,200-seat auditorium from the public, school board members decided in March to table the issue, as the three name choices brought forth by a task force did not elicit overwhelming enthusiasm.

Of the dozens of name suggestions received, the task force proposed the Brainerd Lakes Center for the Arts, or some version thereof, with an option to take out “lakes” or add in “performing.”

Cori Reynolds, director of community education, gave the board several options Monday, April 12, of how to move forward, whether that means asking for more community suggestions, having the task force that weeded through the original names revisit the submissions or add more members to the task force.

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE

Graduation: Duluth seniors may graduate in person

Duluth Public Schools seniors may have the opportunity to graduate in person.

Denfeld High School and East High School officials are planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021, with adjustments made for COVID-19 precautions.

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Diversity: Mankato works to support diverse student population

 As the student population of Mankato Area Public Schools continues to become increasingly diverse, the district is implementing initiatives to ensure all students are being supported.

Stacy Wells, communications director for the school district, spoke to a group of about 10 community members Tuesday afternoon about resources the school has to support a diverse population and about the work that still needs to be done. The virtual conversion was hosted by VINE Faith in Action.

The racial makeup of the students in the district has been rapidly changing. Black students make up about 14% of the district’s student population this academic year, a jump from 8.6% in 2010. About 71% of the student body this year is white. Just more than a decade ago, white students made up 82% of the population.

The increasing diversity creates challenges for the district to provide opportunities and learning for all students and give teachers tools to support a changing student body.

One way schools have been trying to address this is by participating in the Achievement and Integration for Minnesota program, which was created to help schools pursue racial and economic integration.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Budget: Owatonna proposes reducing staff in budget cuts

Owatonna school officials, faced with needing to make $2 million in budget cuts, are proposing to reduce district staff by 10.5 positions and reduce the district’s supply budgets.

Amanda Heilman, the director of finance and operations for the district, gave her recommendations for budget reductions and predicted class sizes after the cuts during an Owatonna School Board work session Monday. She also highlighted the fund balance forecast and shared information about federal COVID-19 funds the district will receive via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Building: Pine Island accepts bid for home built by students

There's a construction site tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Pine Island that's looking more and more like an actual home. And, as of last week, the house turned into the future home of someone in particular.

Pine Island High School added a home-construction course to its offerings this year, giving students a chance to get hands-on, real-world experience building a house from the ground up. Although students will continue to work on the home throughout the rest of the year, the School Board accepted a bid for the house, marking one more milestone in the transition from a class project into something that will be used in someone's real life.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Students, staff urge board to rename Ramsey Middle School

Students and staff pitched the St. Paul school board Tuesday night on changing the name of Ramsey Middle School.

In a recorded presentation, students described Alexander Ramsey, the Minnesota Territory’s first governor, as “cruel,” “disrespectful and mean,” and “a horrible person.”

As governor, Ramsey called for the Dakota Indians to be “exterminated” or driven out of Minnesota.

“We no longer want to be associated with a person who showed such hate for a group of people,” teacher Elisabeth Fontana said.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: Lac qui Parle Valley School Board hires new superintendent

The Lac qui Parle Valley School Board has voted to hire a new superintendent.

At a Monday meeting, the board voted to hire Ivan Hirst, currently the high school principal and athletic director at Roseau Public Schools.

The board will be negotiating a contract with Hirst, according to a news release. The contract could be approved at the April 26 regular board meeting.

Hirst is expected to start working in the district July 1. He will succeed Superintendent Greg Schmidt.



TUESDAY, APRIL 13

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Outbreak at South Dakota wrestling tournament with 50 Minnesota clubs adds to virus concerns

Safety: Schools tell students to stay home, do distance learning after police kill black man

Teaching: Minneapolis high school students head back to classrooms

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Shooting: One dead, officer injured after shooting at Tennessee school

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: American Federation of Teachers endorses CDC guidance on school reopening


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BRAINERD DISPATCH

Health: Prom postponed because of COVID concerns

This weekend’s Brainerd High School prom is postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases, but district leaders have a plan.

BHS Principal Andrea Rusk told school board members Monday, April 12, of her proposal to move prom from April 17 to May 22 — the day after graduation — to make sure as many students as possible can attend.

“I am more confident this spring than I was last spring in making sure that we can carry out these events,” Rusk said.

As of Monday night, 272 Brainerd Public Schools students were quarantined after either having symptoms or being deemed as a close contact to other COVID-19 cases. There were 18 positive student cases Monday.

After surging to a 14-day per 10,000 case rate of over 200 in the fall, Crow Wing County’s rate had dropped to around 13 in February but is again on the rise. The latest data shows a rate of 75 new cases in the last 14 days per 10,000 residents, Human Resources Director Angie Bennett told the school board Monday. Health officials expect that rate to rise to over 100 in the coming weeks.

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE

Administration: Duluth creates positions to support principals

Duluth Public Schools is creating two new positions in hopes of providing more support to principals and to focus more on equity across the district.

The district has posted jobs for elementary and secondary directors of teaching, learning and equity. The positions will replace the director of curriculum and instruction, currently held on an interim basis by Jen Larva.

Duluth Superintendent John Magas said this change is being implemented to add additional support and accountability. He said the district has been working to meet student needs, but there are still opportunity gaps and a lack of systematic uniformity across the district.

The hires will oversee and support principals at their specific grade levels. Magas said the model of having two people focused on teaching and learning is similar to what he has worked with in other districts.

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Safety: East Grand Forks officials concerned after 12 students test positive for COVID

East Grand Forks School District officials are concerned about a recent spike in COVID-19 cases within the district, according to Superintendent Mike Kolness.

The jump in case numbers comes after a relatively quiet period following students' transition back to full-time in-person learning earlier this year. Between Feb. 24 and March 26, three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the district. In the past two weeks, 12 students have tested positive for the virus, including three on Monday, April 12.

Polk County Public Health Director Sarah Reese said the increase can be at least partly attributed to the rise in variants of the virus, particularly the B.1.1.7. variant, which is now the dominant strain of the virus in Minnesota.

The variants are more contagious than the strain of the virus that tore through the Greater Grand Forks community last fall, but the precautions to protect each other are the same, Reese said: maintain a safe social distance, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face mask and stay home when you're sick.

MESABI DAILY NEWS

Safety: High School closed due to threat

EVELETH — Rock Ridge officials closed the Eveleth-Gilbert High School on Monday after alleged threats were made toward students, but they expected to reopen the building for classes today.

School administrators were made aware of the threats early Monday morning and opted to cancel instruction for grades 9-12 to allow for an investigation by Rock Ridge Public Schools and the Eveleth Police Department.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Budget: Willmar adopts revised budget due to pandemic costs

WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board adopted a revised 2020-21 budget at its meeting Monday.

The district normally adopts a revised budget midway through a budget year. State law requires school districts to adopt their budgets before the fiscal year begins July 1, but much information about grants and state revenue is not available at that time, so they later adopt a revised budget with a more accurate picture of the year’s income and spending.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, projected revenue has been adjusted down more than $1 million, to $60.3 million. Expenditures have been adjusted down nearly $500,000, to $62 million. While the district had anticipated some deficit spending this year, it will be higher now.

The district now expects its undesignated general fund balance to be reduced from its 2020 level. However, it is still expected to be nearly 21 percent of total expenditures.



MONDAY, APRIL 12

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Athletics: Canceled a year ago, Minnesota high school spring sports well underway already

Safety: Students walk out amid racist threats

Transportation: Group pushes for electric school buses

MPR

COVID-19: Virus deaths of tribal elders leaves a void

MINNESOTA REFORMER

Column: Education Amendment would turn schools over to economists and lawyers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: President Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

CHALKBEAT

Politics: President Biden proposes doubling Title I, sending even more money to high-poverty schools


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board approves new principal

Curriculum: Fairmont High School offers media classes

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Teaching: Superintendents voice concerns over broadband, teacher shortages


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BEMIDJI PIONEER

Enrollment: Bemidji discusses potential boundary adjustments

BEMIDJI -- Elementary school boundary adjustments, updated class size projections and activity fee increases were discussed during a special Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 8.

During this meeting, board members heard recommendations from Superintendent Tim Lutz and other district officials regarding the impacts of the impending closure of Central School, ahead of the official school board meeting set for April 19.

“The April meeting is traditionally our most difficult meeting to have, because that's usually the deadline in terms of making any adjustments in our staffing,” Lutz said ahead of the meeting.

Bemidji’s school district is facing a severe budget deficit in the wake of COVID-19, falling enrollment and November’s failed operating referendum. To keep the state from coming in and taking financial matters into its own hands, the district must cut $5.6 million from its budget to fill the projected gap.

Many of the topics the board discussed at the special meeting stem from the decision to close Central Elementary School, which passed 5-1 during a board meeting on March 15, and was projected to save the district $460,000 to $465,000.

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Health: Brainerd superintendent urges COVID compliance

Brainerd Public Schools Superintendent Laine Larson announced another district surge in COVID-19 cases Friday, April 9.

“I want to share some reminders with you and encourage you to remain vigilant for the last six weeks so that we may finish this year strong and in person,” she wrote in a letter to families Friday.

With the number of students and staff in quarantine due to symptoms, testing positive or being in close contact of positive cases, Larson said it will take the community’s help to ensure students remain in school for the rest of the year.

“I do not want students to have to change learning models again this school year,” she wrote.

To achieve that goal, Larson said students and staff members should stay home from school, athletics and any other activities if they are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other contagious illness or if someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Diversity: Equity video prompts outcry in Pequot Lakes

A regular work session of the Pequot Lakes School Board Monday, April 12, is expected to garner a larger audience than usual after social media uproar over a video narrated by the district’s superintendent.

The video shares the experience of Superintendent Chris Lindholm and other district leaders with incorporating equity practices into staff development, one of a series of animated shorts produced as part of a collaborative project called “The Rural Reveal.”

Lindholm describes his perception and experiences of the Pequot Lakes community upon his arrival from the Twin Cities in 2013 and his desire to help marginalized students and families feel welcomed and valued. He outlined district efforts to involve teachers in diversity training through the National SEED Project and what he described as positive outcomes resulting from this work. One example Lindholm provided was a situation when a staff member spoke up to their colleagues about why it might be harmful to some students if these adults wore vintage attire featuring the school’s former Indians mascot on school property.

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE

Administration: Duluth assistant superintendent is candidate for Robbinsdale leader

The Duluth School District's assistant superintendent Anthony Bonds is in the running to become superintendent for the Robbinsdale Area School District. Bonds, who was hired by the Duluth School District in July 2020, is one of seven first-round candidates approved Thursday night by the Robbinsdale School Board. Public interviews for each of the candidates will be held April 12-13 over Zoom. The board will narrow its choices throughout next week and announce the finalists during the April 19 board meeting. Bonds came to Duluth from the Anniston City School District in Alabama, where he served as executive director of curriculum and instruction. He expects to complete a doctorate in K-12 leadership from Edgewood College in Wisconsin in May 2021 and holds a master's degree in administrative leadership from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Morris Brown College. His previous experience also includes assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and innovation for the Beloit, Wisconsin, school district; director of elementary education at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; principal and assistant principal for the Wauwatosa School District; and a teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools.

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Safety: New police liaison officer wants to give back to school

Faribault Police Officer Josh Sjodin wanted to give back to his alma mater, see his former teachers and have a positive influence on its students.

Not only that, but he wants to “show [students] that the police are people too, and we’re doing a job. We can make a positive connection with kids who might not always have a positive connection with the police.”

As Faribault High School’s new resource officer, Sjodin has the opportunity to do just that. A 2008 FHS graduate, he has returned to familiar hallways after serving with the Faribault Police Department Patrol Division for the past seven years. Sjodin officially stepped in as resource officer March 22, replacing Officer DJ Skluzacek, who has returned to the Patrol Division after four years at FHS.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Testing: Students will be tested on MCAs, but state won’t use results to rank schools

Minnesota schools must administer statewide math and reading tests this spring, but the results likely will not be used to identify struggling schools.

The Minnesota Department of Education on Thursday requested a one-time waiver from accountability and school identification requirements in federal education law.

If approved, the state won’t use this year’s rest results when it identifies the next list of low-performing schools in 2022. And the list of schools getting extra support from the state this year will remain the same next year.

Last year’s federally mandated tests were canceled across the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.



FRIDAY, APRIL 9

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Technology: Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools

MPR

Funding: Even with prospect of aid, school budgets in dire shape

MINNPOST

Column: Minnesota needs to invest in tutoring

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Committee approves $20.8 billion omnibus education finance bill

Politics: House committee OKs omnibus early childhood bill

Politics: House omnibus higher education bill gets $200,000 boost for student mental health, committee approval

K-12 DIVE

COVID-19: Surveys suggest most educators are now vaccinated

NBC NEWS

Health: Experts say suicidal thoughts are increasing in young kids

Politics: U.S. teachers fear transgender students are becoming “political pawns”


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NEW ULM JOURNAL

Teaching: Schools praised for adapting to pandemic


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ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Rochester to redesign summer school programming

The Rochester School Board heard an update on plans for the summer during its meeting Tuesday. The program has been dubbed “RPS Summer of Discovery.”

Amy Eich, executive director of community education, said the district has targeted four focus areas. She said those areas will help develop the “whole child” rather than focusing on students' academic skills.

The four areas are academics, providing experiences to students, helping them build relational skills, and focusing on their wellness, Eich said.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: Lac qui Parle Valley to interview three superintendent candidates

The Lac qui Parle Valley School Board has selected three finalists for a second interview for the school district’s superintendent vacancy.

According to a news release, the following three finalists were chosen based on six recently conducted interviews: Susan Burris, St. Cloud; Ivan Hirst, Roseau; and Brennan Kent, Benson.

The school board has scheduled interviews for the finalists beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12.

All interviews will be held via Zoom and will be livestreamed on the district’s website. The public is encouraged to watch the interviews either in person at the high school media center, or at home via livestream.

School board members previously interviewed six semifinalists from a pool of 14 applicants.



THURSDAY, APRIL 8

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Students lead push for fuller black history education

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Program: Should school lunches be free for all?

K-12 DIVE

Learning: Can schools make summer programs more fun and effective by focusing on accelerated learning?

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Survey: Even as U.S. schools reopen, many students learn remotely

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: MSBA to assist with Bloomington’s superintendent search

Community: Jordan students gifted desks for distance learning

Facilities: Forest Lake Area’s transition program to find permanent home at newly remodeled building

Facilities: Watertown-Mayer School Board approves stadium concession stand design

Health: Wayzata student wins “Escape the Vape” video contest

Learning: Edina School District requests that high school students go virtual for two weeks

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: Superintendent receives award of excellence from MASA

Ely: School district extends distance learning


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ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Awards: Math teacher wins local Teacher of the Year honors

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Administration: La Crescent-Hokah names new superintendent


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BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Sourcewell to recognize Students of Character

Local high school students will be celebrated as Students of Character at a special online event on April 14.

The Students of Character celebration, hosted by Sourcewell, recognizes high school juniors and seniors in the region for their quiet leadership, perseverance and dedication to their community, school and fellow students. Donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals make it possible for each student to receive a scholarship, plus a chance to win door prizes.

At 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, honorees and the public can visit the Sourcewell Facebook page to access the link to join the virtual event. The celebration will honor 45 students from 23 local high schools. Every student will receive a $600 scholarship to put toward post-secondary training or education, thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Learning: Rochester parents gear up for summer camp

From high ropes courses to horses, and from archery to art, area camps are gearing up to offer something for just about everyone this summer.

Amanda Peloquin, a music teacher and Rochester parent, fondly remembers attending camp and is excited for her children to have similar experiences.

“My friends and I still bring up fun camp stories,” she said.

Peloquin will send her 9-year-old daughter, Nora, to day camps at Camp RCLS through Rochester Central Lutheran Schools. With classes in cooking, science and ukulele, Peloquin thinks the RCLS camp will allow Nora to “try nontraditional activities.” For her first overnight camp experience, Nora will attend Camp Victory.



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

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MPR

Health: Why stress causes teachers to leave the classroom

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Omnibus education finance bill includes hikes in cross subsidy aid, general education funding

Politics: Omnibus higher education bill increases funding for institutions, freezes tuition for some

CBS NEWS

COVID-19: Survey finds 81 percent of teachers have been vaccinated or have appointments

WHYY-TV

Politics: U.S. education secretary says schools can open safety if certain steps are followed


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BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Boundary, class size projections and fee increases to be discussed at Bemidji Area School Board meeting

BEMIDJI — Elementary school boundary adjustments, updated class size projections and activity fee increases will be discussed during an upcoming special Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 8.

During this meeting, board members will hear from Superintendent Tim Lutz and other district officials regarding the impacts of the impending closure of Central School, ahead of the official school board meeting for April later in the month.

“The April meeting is traditionally our most difficult meeting to have because that's usually the deadline in terms of making any adjustments in our staffing,” Lutz said.

Bemidji’s school district is facing a severe budget deficit in the wake of COVID-19, falling enrollment and November’s failed operating referendum. To keep the state from coming in and taking financial matters into its own hands, the district must cut $5.6 million from its budget to fill the projected gap.

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: New education commissioner aims to build on momentum

A tumultuous year has made Heather Mueller more optimistic about the future of education in Minnesota.

Educators proved they can adapt quickly when faced with a pandemic, the state’s new education commissioner says. More adaptation is needed this summer, Mueller says, to catch students up on missed opportunities.

The Mankato resident seeks to keep the momentum going longer-term toward improving the education system and solving longstanding challenges including closing achievement gaps.

“I am probably more hopeful now than I ever was before because we can create these big systemic changes, close our gaps and end disparities for each and every child in Minnesota.”

Mueller became the state’s top education official Thursday. She replaced Mary Cathryn Ricker, who announced last month she is leaving to return to the classroom.

Mueller spent more than 20 years in Mankato Area Public Schools before moving on to the Department of Education as an assistant commissioner in 2019.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Enrollment: Board reveals preliminary boundary adjustments

Families are getting the first chance to see where they may be going to school in the future as a result of boundary changes at the district level, as well as provide a little feedback on what they think.

Rochester Public Schools is altering its boundaries since it's in the process of adding a new elementary school, a new middle school, and rebuilding two existing elementary schools. The new boundary changes will take effect at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

The district has contracted with a firm, Cooperative Strategies, and created a committee to spearhead the changes. As of Tuesday, the district revealed a website that allows the public to see what schools they would be assigned to based on their addresses within the district.

"That will be a fun tool for the public to take a look at, and to really dial in on their own address," said RPS Finance Director John Carlson. "We really want people to engage with that tool and provide feedback so we can keep moving forward in this process."



TUESDAY, APRIL 6

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: House Democrats unveil package of budget bills, more funding for education

MPR

Health: As schools reopen, COVID-19 cases climb

Safety: Teaching preschoolers while masked up

MINNPOST

Community: High school students fighting for workers’ rights

HEALTHDAY

COVID-19: About 40,000 U.S. children have lost a parent to COVID-19

K-12 DIVE

COVID-19: School leaders detail best practices for hosting school vaccination clinics

THE HILL

Politics: U.S. Department of Justice tells agencies gay and transgender students are protected by anti-discrimination laws


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ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Albert Lea Area School Board hears plan for graduation

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Buildings: Southview on schedule to open in the fall


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MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Mankato Area School Board approves $7.5 million in cuts

MANKATO — About 100 staff positions will be cut to help Mankato Area Public Schools offset a projected $7.5 million budget deficit next school year.

The Mankato Area School Board unanimously approved a budget reduction plan Monday night.

The adopted plan includes one adjustment from the proposal reviewed by the board last month. The cuts to the district administration’s budget increased by $75,000 and cuts to discretionary funds to schools for student support initiatives decreased by an equal amount.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Curriculum: Community Ed couples learning with workforce opportunities

Owatonna Community Education has been expanding its offerings for adult learners in recent years to couple English language instruction with workforce training.

Community Education is in the second year of a three-year Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education grant, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education (ABE), Community Education Director Deb McDermott-Johnson told the Owatonna School Board March 29.

The grant-funded program, called Southeast ABE-Owatonna, has been working to prepare adult English language learners for employment and post-secondary opportunities. Historically, the grant programming focused heavily on English language and civics. Today more emphasis is being placed on creating career pathways that lead to self sufficiency for students and integrating students into the local workforce. This additional emphasis for the grant ensures grant recipients are creating long-term impacts for their students.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Teaching: Rochester’s secondary students return to the classroom

When Elena Meves walked into Mayo High School for the first time Monday morning, it was a new experience for a couple reasons. It was her first time taking high school classes in an actual high school building, even though she’s been a freshman since the start of the school year. For that matter, it was her first time stepping into any classroom in more than a year.

And what an odd school year it has been.

For Meves, as well as a small army of middle and high school students throughout Rochester, Monday marked the first day of their return to in-person classes.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: St. Paul, Minneapolis open summer school to all students

Metro-area school districts are preparing to offer a major increase in summer programming to help students recover academic and social time they lost because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the St. Paul and Minneapolis districts this summer, free programs will be offered to anyone who’s interested, rather than focusing as usual on students who need that time the most.

That’s not the case in suburban districts that shared their plans with the Pioneer Press, although most are making more students eligible for free summer instruction or adding weeks to their schedules.

After more than a year of distance learning, sudden school closures and hybrid schedules, the need for remediation figures to be great, especially in math. Still, school officials wonder whether families will be interested and whether they’ll have enough teachers to work in their expanded summer programs.



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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: St. Cloud workers need free tutoring for their kids

Teaching: With funding uncertain, schools make plans for expanded summer school

MPR

Choice: Nonprofit announces intent to close Cedar Riverside Charter school

Graduation: Another class of graduates face pandemic scarred future

MINNPOST

Learning: Small classes ensure that universal preschool gains are sustained

ABC NEWS

Court: Pennsylvania teenager at center of Supreme Court case on schools and free speech

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Funding: With new aid, U.S. schools seek solutions to problems new and old

Higher education: Fewer students are filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

THE CONVERSATION

Analysis: America gets a D+ for school infrastructure — but federal COVID-19 relief could pay for many repairs


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Column: Everyone, together, can help get through this time


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BEMIDJI PIONEER

Choice: New immersion charter school underway in Red Lake

A new movement to form an Ojibwe language immersion charter school for young grades beginning kindergarten through fifth grade is underway in Red Lake. The school project, titled, Endazhi-Nitaawiging, or ‘the place where it grows,’ has a mission of, “(preparing) each student for college with an enhanced knowledge of the Ojibwe language,  culture, leadership, and environmental stewardship.”

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE

Diversity: Duluth preschool hopes to break down cultural barriers

Starting children off right as early as possible in school can help them succeed throughout their educational careers. That is the mission of a new preschool at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth.

Duluth Public Schools is bringing back its bicultural preschool program next fall, which was discontinued in the early 2000s when budget cuts led to a lack of funding. Dubbed Oshki-Inwewin, it will be a full-day preschool, operating four days a week.

American Indian Education Coordinator Edye Washington said the idea came from a conversation with Sherry Williams, who is the administrator for the district's preschool and Head Start programs. They were brainstorming ideas before the pandemic when they began talking about bringing the bicultural preschool program back, but with more of a focus on language, Washington said.

FARGO FORUM

Branding: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton mascot slated for change after petition compares it to Confederate soldier

DILWORTH, Minn. — The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District is considering a change to the current Rebel mascot, a decision that comes a month after some in the community criticized the design for resembling a Confederate soldier's uniform.

“We are being proactive and getting the pulse of our district to see if we want to adjust our Rebel logo," Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said in a statement. "In the coming months, the district will collaborate with students, staff and community stakeholders to have more discussions on the logo.”

The announcement on Thursday, April 1, came two days after the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District Activities Department informed students in an email that the district was planning to “transition away from the Rebel head logo” and was accepting submissions for new ideas.

Thygeson did not specify why the mascot was slated for change, but a petition on Change.org written one month ago by someone called NewMascot4DGF to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School Board asked the district to discontinue the use of the Rebel mascot and search for a new one.

Dressed in a wide brimmed gray cavalier hat with a protruding feather, the mascot has a long moustache covering a toothy grin and a protruding cleft chin. The caricature resembles a Confederate soldier, according to the petition.

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Community: Students develop leadership skills with food shelf partnership

A group of Faribault High School students are learning to step up to the plate by giving their own input on a local food shelf space.

Community Action Center Faribault, on Cannon Circle, began mobile distribution to food shelf clients in late November. Steph Helkenn, coordinator of CAC Faribault, hopes for a June opening for the choice model food shelf, but she was told July or August is more likely.

Kevin Dunnigan, who teaches Leadership 1 and Leadership 2 at FHS, said the idea to partner with CAC Faribault started with a class discussion. He wanted his student to be passionate about whatever project the class chose, and food shortage was a topic that rose to the top. Dunnigan reached out to Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, which has been tackling the issue of food shortage, and that interaction led him to connect with CAC Faribault.



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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: Minneapolis students take activism to Sabo Bridge

HEALTHDAY

Health: Survey shows 1 in 4 parents won’t vaccinate their kids against COVID

KARE 11

Administration: Minnesota Department of Education names director of its new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center

K-12 DIVE

COVID-19: Pandemic’s K-12 impacts exacerbated by pre-existing disability disparities

THE CONVERSATION

COVID-19: How can all schools safely reopen?


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BRAINERD DISPATCH
Administration: Crosslake board responds to foundation’s concerns
Questions continue surrounding the departures of Executive Director Cliff Skagen and Director of Online Learning Stacy Bender from Crosslake Community School. Skagen resigned from his position Friday, March 12, and Bender was terminated from her position. The reason for their departures reportedly stems from a conflict of interest regarding Bender hiring Skagen’s wife for marketing and communication services, which violates the school’s anti-nepotism policy. The Lakes Area Kids Enrichment Foundation, the nonprofit group that owns the school building, sent a letter to the board - addressed specifically to board chair Cinda Jensen - with concerns regarding Skagen's and Bender’s departures, asking the board to clarify its decisions to both former employees, the school staff and the public.

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE
Teaching: Teacher helps bring space into the classroom
Elise Campbell has been a teacher since 1990, working with children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Since then, Campbell, who has a background in music, including playing in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for 32 years and teaching music, has found a passion for STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Campbell has been fortunate enough to also share this passion with her daughter, Kirsi Kuutti, a Duluth East High School graduate of 2013 and former Daredevils robotics team member. Campbell, who is working as an Itasca Area Schools Collaborative teacher in the Greenway school district, was a mentor for the Daredevils when her daughter was on the team. She volunteered writing a blog called “The Mom’s Blog,” which was originally created to help the parents understand the projects, team and activities. This morphed into her serving as the media mentor and overseeing the students working on social media, writing for awards, running a website and more, Campbell said. It was this mentoring experience that gave Campbell more and more ideas of how to incorporate STEAM into her elementary school classrooms. “My students in my classrooms were very inspired by the high school students and even did a project with one another,” Campbell said.

COVID: Hermantown school added to state outbreak list
Hermantown Elementary was added to the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.
A school building is placed on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests. No other Northland schools were added to the list.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS
Politics: Bill calls for increasing teachers’ personal finance training
In recent years, economics and personal finance courses have played an increasingly crucial role in helping Minnesota students to prepare for life after school. Yet less than 2% of teachers who provide these courses focused on economics as part of their teacher preparation. Sen. Zach Duckworth, R-Lakeville, hopes to change that by joining other legislators in calling for the state to invest in professional development courses through the University of Minnesota’s Council on Economic Education. The additional training is designed to help teachers better prepare for courses around economics and personal finance.

Teaching: Owatonna seeks to switch perspective on horrible middle school years
While not everyone remembers their middle school days in a favorable way, Owatonna Middle School staff hopes to change that perception for current students. On Monday, Owatonna Middle School Principal Julie Sullivan, Assistant Principal Erin Halverson and Assistant Principal Matt Zurbriggen gave the school board an update on what’s been happening this year inside the walls of OMS. The school’s administration says creating an environment that is enjoyable and welcoming to students is important. “We hear all the time from parents, ‘Junior high was horrible, I hated middle school, worst years of my life,’ and our goal is to change that. We want to make it a place where kids want to be,” Halverson said.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE
Administration: Lac qui Parle Valley to interview six semifinalists for superintendent
MADISON — The Lac qui Parle Valley School Board has selected six semifinalists to interview for the school district’s superintendent vacancy. The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants, and selected based on hiring criteria established by the school board. The interviewees are: Susan Burris, St. Cloud, Minnesota; Ivan Hirst, Roseau, Minnesota; Brennan Kent, Benson, Minnesota; Daniel Ludvigson, Elgin, North Dakota; Jacob Tietje, Sherburn, Minnesota; John Willey, Jackson, Minnesota. The board has scheduled interviews for the semi-finalists beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday and continuing through Wednesday. All interviews will be held via Zoom and will be livestreamed on the district’s website at lqpv.org The public is encouraged to watch the interviews either in person at the high school media center or at home via livestream.



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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Graduation: Minneapolis offers a week of virtual events about career and college options

Editorial: Wrongheaded efforts target transgender student-athletes

MPR

Teaching: Students of color disproportionately choosing distance learning

Technology: As bad information spreads, Florida seeks to teach digital literacy

MINNPOST

Column: Want to know how students are doing? Ask them

K-12 DIVE

Report: Evidence-based interventions, data are crucial for K-12 pandemic recovery

Safety: 2020 was a record year for K-12 cybersecurity incidents

SHAKOPEE VALLEY NEWS

Commentary: Looking beyond the classroom, expressing gratitude to educators

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID-19: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teens

USA TODAY

Safety: Kids going back to school in a pandemic are met with another trauma — active shooter drills


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EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: Biden infrastructure plan calls for $100 billion for school construction, upgrades

Separate parts of the American Jobs Plan would also provide $100 billion to expand broadband internet access and $45 billion to replace lead pipes around the country, which would reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child-care facilities, the White House said.

The massive proposal comes after Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief bill that included an unprecedented infusion of cash for schools. And, while infrastructure has been seen as an area of possible bipartisan compromise in recent years, the American Jobs Plan is sure to face resistance from members of Congress who have called for less government spending or more-targeted proposals.

Dating back to his time as a candidate, Biden has frequently mentioned school buildings alongside more typical infrastructure priorities, like roads and bridges. “How many schools [are there] where the kids can’t drink the water out of the fountain?” Biden said at a press conference last week. “How many schools are still in the position where there’s asbestos? How many schools in America we’re sending our kids to don’t have adequate ventilation?”

FARGO FORUM

COVID: Virus spread forces some to shift to distance learning

FARGO — As COVID-19 cases rise among youth, some local public and private schools are moving to distance learning after dramatic increases of in-school spread of the coronavirus among students.

The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District and Shanley High School shifted this week to distance learning, which will continue until after the Easter holiday.

The West Fargo School District recently reported that it was on the verge of closing more classrooms after the district closed seven lunch pods and one kindergarten classroom due to increased COVID-19 cases among students, according to an email sent to parents and staff.

”The student side is where we are seeing the concerning uptick over the last few weeks. What we are seeing is corroborated by Fargo Cass Public Health,” district spokeswoman Heather Leas said Tuesday, March 30.

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Politics: Sen. Klobuchar meets with area districts to talk free meals, Internet access and student retention

GRAND FORKS — The mental health of students and teachers, free and reduced lunches, and the possibility of distance learning into the next school year were at the top of local school leaders' concerns in a conversation with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Wednesday, March 31.

Klobuchar met in a conference call with the superintendents of four northwest Minnesota school districts — East Grand Forks Public Schools, Stephen/Argyle Central School District, Park Rapids Area Schools and Greenbush Middle River School District — to discuss how the districts have fared during the pandemic, as well as their concerns going forward. The intent was to help guide Klobuchar's legislative priorities in Washington.

The discussion was expected to cover distance learning, high-speed internet, nutrition and mental health, according to a media advisory. But other topics arose and seemed to take the senator by surprise, particularly a concern raised by East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness, who worries some students who have found they thrive in a virtual setting may depart from the district next year in favor of a virtual academy.

”I get asked this question probably daily about are we going to have to continue with distance learning next year,” Kolness said. “And that's a big question for families and educators and, whether it be mandated by state or federal government or just by the loss of students, if we don't provide that service and we have 100 students still want to participate in distance learning, we're going to lose those students to a virtual academy somewhere. That's concerning.”

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Health: Most students decline alcohol

Underage drinking isn’t the norm in Rice County, according to the most recent Minnesota Student Survey results from 2019.

In fact, 78% of Faribault High School students and 74% of Northfield High School students said they’ve chosen not to drink. And the number one reason is parental disapproval.

Understanding that three in four youth and young adults in Faribault and Northfield do not consume alcohol, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition has developed a new campaign to drive this message home.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Curriculum: Owatonna creating new online school

A new Owatonna school will be available to students this fall, but this one won’t be in a traditional setting.

The Minnesota Department of Education recently approved Owatonna Public Schools as an online school provider, according to Michelle Krell, director of teaching and learning. School officials said they’re excited about the new opportunity, which aims to give area students and families more options for education. The online school will be considered a separate school within the district, its exact name yet to be determined.

“We now can offer a comprehensive education program K-12 for students, not only in Owatonna Public Schools, but any student within the state of Minnesota,” Krell told the Owatonna School Board Monday.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Discipline: Hugo principal had license revoked for harassment, making offensive comments

The former principal of Hugo Elementary had his administrator’s license revoked late last year for sexually harassing a teacher and making offensive comments about staff and students at his school.

Jason Healy, 49, resigned from White Bear Lake Area Schools in January 2020.

According to Minnesota Board of School Administrators records, Healy sexually harassed a teacher under his supervision by offering to “deviate from school policies” if the teacher would join him at his house. He also allowed the teacher to leave work early to socialize with him, the records said.

The board also found Healy “made racist, sexist and homophobic comments” to the same teacher about students and other employees at the school.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: BOLD board not ready yet to start superintendent search

OLIVIA — BOLD School Board members are not ready to charge out of the starting block in their search for a new superintendent, although outgoing superintendent Dale Brandsoy urged them to move with some speed.

During a special meeting held Monday, the superintendent advised board members that the pool of candidates is smaller than once was the case, and their choices will diminish with time.

There used to be a hundred applicants when a teaching position opened, said Brandsoy.

“Those days are gone,” he said, adding that the pool of administrative candidates has shrunk no differently.

Board members will meet again April 12 to decide how to move forward in their search.

 

March 2021

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Virus protocol knocks Hill-Murray out of hockey tournament; judge turns back lawsuit

Community: St. Paul board member told to leave restaurant, alleges discrimination

Courts: Protesting teacher chains herself to courthouse fence during Chauvin trial

MPR

Testing: Standardized tests are underway in schools – so what does that mean for students, teachers?

ABC NEWS

Safety: Secret Service reports “targeted violence” against schools is preventable

CNBC

Study: Remote learning resulted in “significant” learning loss

K-12 DIVE

Study: Audio-based literacy expands early learners’ vocabularies

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Elk River Area’s superintendent highlights district’s stand on hate crimes and bullying

Administration: Robbinsdale Area’s interim superintendent appointed Deputy Education Commissioner

Budget: Jordan School Board to make budget cuts in 2021-2022

Budget: Shakopee School Board implements cuts to transportation, building and grounds

Proposal: Forest Lake Area School Board hears proposal on state amendment regarding education equity

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Board approves budget, academic plan adjustments

Chatfield: School board to look at preschool teacher salary inequities

Ely: COVID-19 cases cause schools to transition to distance learning

Houston: School board gives yellow light to prom, graduation

Kingsland: District works to seal out radon

Lanesboro: District going forward with senior class trip

Litchfield: Schools to get a science curriculum refresh

McGregor: MSBA to provide strategic planning services to district

Pine River-Backus: District talks strategic planning

Rushford-Peterson: District gets a first look at proposed budget cuts

Spring Grove: Senior class trip to Washington D.C. is canceled

United South Central: District’s enrollment stays steady


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Buildings: $3.9 million athletic complex is next for Russell-Tyler-Ruthton


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FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS
Teaching: Even after the pandemic, Faribault will offer online classes
Faribault students returned to school in person full time this week, but by experiencing distance learning, some may have realized they prefer a less traditional education model. Around 30% of Faribault High School students are enrolled in distance learning, and staff wants to ensure these students remain in Faribault Public Schools. As a result, the district has become an online learning provider. While distance learning was government mandated as a response to COVID-19, online learning isn’t specific to the pandemic and serves to expand class offerings with an alternative platform.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS
Buildings: Board approves contractors for new high school construction
Construction of the new Owatonna High School is one step closer to reality after the Owatonna School Board approved a partial contract award Monday. The Owatonna School Board awarded bids totaling $36.5 million for work on the new high school building, which is set to break ground in May. Board member Jolayne Mohs abstained from the vote because of a family connection to one of the companies the board was approving. More bids for the high school construction project are expected to be presented to the School Board for approval April 12.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN
Administration: Board reviews timeline for interim superintendent search
The Rochester School Board established a timeline during its Tuesday meeting for several of the key milestones in the process of selecting an interim superintendent. The board discussed the process with Barb Dorn from the Minnesota School Boards Association. Superintendent Michael Muñoz is set to continue leading the district until June 30.“I’m confident you'll get a lot of responses from folks,” Dorn said about potential applicants for the job. “This is always the stickiest part: getting the timeline ... because everything is dependent on everything else.”



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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Virus hits Hermantown boys hockey team; JV to play

MPR

Technology: Pueblo teacher finds it difficult to get students online

MINNPOST

Column: From the playground of a Spanish immersion school to 38th and Chicago

K-12 DIVE

Facilities: Five ways COVID-19 is influencing school construction projects

Technology: How will pandemic-era technology investments expand school districts’ long-term capabilities

POLITICO

Politics: Biden administration developing new testing techniques to reopen schools

Politics: How schools fit into President Biden’s infrastructure push

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: South Dakota governor kills transgender bill, but orders ban

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Learning: Percentage of students learning in remote or hybrid classes drops amid reopenings

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa: District eyes expansion of manufacturing curriculum with neighboring schools


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Community: Gas for grads award offered

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Teaching: Focusing on impacting the lives of students


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Curriculum: Solutions for red panda earn students recognition

Local students are solving real world problems using their STEM skills in an effort to create a more comfortable environment for one Minnesota Zoo resident.

Two Owatonna Middle School students, Heather Walker and Phoenix Storm, were recently recognized during the annual Minnesota Zoo’s ZOOMS STEM Design Challenge. The challenge encourages students to create solutions for zoo-based problems using their creativity, math, science and engineering knowledge. This year’s challenge involved developing ideas to provide more enrichment for Min, a red panda living in the zoo’s Tropics Trail.

The goal was to create a device to keep Min busy and entertained while supporting her natural behaviors.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Arts: Dover-Eyota powers through recording after weeks of hybrid

The arrangement of Dover-Eyota’s high school band looked different from any concert you've seen.

The students spilled into the seating area, with clarinets taking up much of rows A-F, flutists standing in the middle aisles, and percussionists on the landing. Upright tubas sat toward the back of the stage, blanketed by woodwinds, while student soloists sat along the stage front for maximum access to the auditorium’s ceiling mics.

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Funding: What a summer school education package could do for area schools

ST. CLOUD — After a year of disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, area school districts are creating expanded summer programming for 2021. A $150 million state funding package could help expand them even further.

St. Cloud Area Schools are planning to start their summer programs for grades 6-12 in May instead of June, and extend them into August instead of late July, said Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Laurie Putnam.

“We want to get a jumpstart,” Putnam said, "not only helping support their learning, but also providing the additional social connections and just making sure that we catch the students before they leave for the summer.”

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: Study finds limited charter school impact on city tax coffers

A city-driven review of charter school expansions in St. Paul has quelled a debate within the St. Paul City Council over their financial impact on city infrastructure and tax coffers, at least for now.

Alarmed by the perceived loss of taxable property and industrial land to tax-exempt charter schools, the city council last year asked St. Paul Planning and Economic Development to take a deep dive on the subject and dish up some hard numbers. For years, charter schools eager for construction financing have turned to the city for conduit revenue bonds — a type of public borrowing that leaves the schools, not the city, on the hook to pay back cash to bondholders.

The schools effectively piggyback on the city’s favorable interest rates.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Election: Lone candidate running for Willmar board special election

WILLMAR — Randy Frederickson is the only candidate to have filed to run in an April 13 special election to fill a vacant seat on the Willmar School Board.

Frederickson, 62, is a retired middle school science teacher and currently works as an aquatic invasive species educator for Kandiyohi County and a part-time employee of the Wild Bird Warehouse.

Frederickson plans to campaign as if he had an opponent. “I don’t want to take people or their votes for granted,” he said last week.

The School Board has a vacancy because board member Michael O’Brien was elected to the Willmar City Council in 2020. There are nearly two years remaining in his unexpired term.

Polls will be open April 13, and voting for the entire school district will be in the rehearsal hall of the Willmar Education and Arts Center. Absentee voting is now open during business hours at the school district office at WEAC.



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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Governor Walz says normalcy is on the horizon

Safety: New education commissioner says safe in-person learning remains the top goal

WCCO

Safety: Centennial students plan walkout after student receives anti-Asian text

NPR

Learning: After a year of remote classes, teachers are meeting students for the first time

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID-19: Reopening hurdles linger for U.S. schools, despite rescue funding

USA TODAY

Safety: Asian American activists are demanding equal civil rights, better education in schools after hate attacks


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ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: A building-wide intervention approach

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Planning: Administration reviews strategic roadmap

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Arts: Students celebrate music month



FRIDAY, MARCH 26

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: All Minnesotans 16 and up will be eligible for vaccine starting March 30

Editorial: Making up for lost learning

MPR

Teaching: President Biden says schools are on track to open, but will kids go?

MINNPOST

Column: Minnesota needs a new system of early childhood care

FOX 9

COVID-19: New guidance helps Minnesota schools plan for prom and graduation

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Committee hears proposal that aims to reduce childhood hunger

Politics: Minnesota House lawmakers pass extension of COVID-19 workers’ comp presumption for certain workers

CHALKBEAT

Funding: Unprecedented federal funding is on the way — high-poverty schools are starting to reckon with how to spend it

DISABILITY SCOOP

Funding: U.S. Education Department urged to direct more COVID-19 relief funds to students with disabilities


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Teaching: Making distance learning possible


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FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS
Curriculum: Career exploration considered vital for ninth-graders
“You don’t know what you don’t know” is one of the reasons many high schools start exposing students to career options early, particularly in ninth grade. According to Gwenn Wolters, regional college and career readiness coordinator for South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC), career exploration is “vital for high school students.” That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, but what has changed is the way career expos have introduced students to potential job opportunities. One program local schools like Faribault, Medford and Tri-City United often use is Career Navigator, an SCSC program that launched in 2017 to target ninth graders. The program allows these students to explore career fields of interest to them, or careers they may not know anything about. And being in their first year of high school, that early exposure can influence the classes they take in the years before graduation.

MANKATO FREE PRESS
Budget: Mankato Area cuts could include loss of 100 staff
As Mankato Area Public Schools administrators presented their recommendations for budget cuts, they said their focus was minimizing the impact on classroom learning. At a workshop Monday night, district administrators presented School Board members with their plan to cut spending by $7.5 million next school year. The proposal includes cutting the equivalent of nearly 100 staff positions. The district does not have to set the next budget until June but its leaders are preparing early to make substantial cuts. Up to $7.5 million in reductions could be needed to balance next school year’s budget in the wake of the pandemic, administrators have projected. The district already has used up most of its savings to cover shortfalls this year and last.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Funding: Make a donation, get a piece of Forest Lake’s old gym floor
In the 1980s, David Drolson used to play basketball, go to school dances and sing in choir concerts in the gymnasium at the old Central Junior High School in Forest Lake. So when Drolson learned that the old school was being partially demolished and the gym would be dismantled, he came up with an idea to raise money for the Drolson Family Foundation: give away sections of the old gym floor in return for a donation. “I knew the building was coming down, and I knew it was coming down soon,” Drolson said. “I woke up one morning, and I turned to my wife (Laurie) and said, ‘Here’s my idea. Tell me if I’m crazy.’” Within a few days, Drosland and friends were “yanking the floor out,” he said. “It was one of those 9-below days in February. Here we are in the gym with no heat, no lights, no power, no nothing. We hooked up a generator for lights and for power to cut it.”



THURSDAY, MARCH 25

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Minneapolis, St. Paul prepare for older students’ return to class

Teaching: Homeschooling doubled from pandemic’s start to last fall

MPR

Teaching: New data highlight disparities in students learning in-person

Teaching: Survey shows critical gaps for in-person learning

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal would modify Minnesota’s compensatory education revenue formula

Politics: Proposed pilot program aims to simplify the college application process

CNN

Politics: President Biden announces $81 billion for schools as part of COVID-19 relief law

HIGHER ED DIVE

Higher education: Enrollment declines for 2020 high school graduates may not be as big as projected


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: Many high school students are taking college classes

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Planning: New Ulm School Board to hear about strategic planning


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BRAINERD DISPATCH
Budget: Brainerd will work to increase district’s rainy day fund
Brainerd Public Schools officials will work to increase the district’s “rainy day” fund over the next five years. The district’s unassigned general fund, which Business Services Director Marci Lord described essentially as a rainy day fund, sits at less than 8% of the yearly operating budget, which is less than one month of expenses. But before changes approved Monday, March 22, the district’s policy stated the fund balance only had to have 5-7% of yearly operating expenses. Board members have toyed with the idea of changing the policy over the past couple years, with 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic driving the district into a budget deficit and increasing the urgency for ensuring there is extra money in the bank. Lord brought proposed revisions to the board March 8 for preliminary approval and again March 22 for final approval. Instead of requiring 5-7% of yearly operating expenses, the policy now states the district will work to increase the fund balance each year to attain at least 10% the annual budget. Lord said the goal is to get to 10% in the next five years, which would mean putting $400,000 away each year.

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS
Funding: Faribault to prioritize summer programming with COVID funds
Faribault and Owatonna students could see more robust opportunities for enrichment this summer, but expanded programming is reliant on funding. These districts hope to offer enrichment classes to students who need an extra boost after a year of learning during a global pandemic and for students who simply want to explore their own interests. A new bill approved by the House panel would aid post-COVID-19 catch-up by appropriating $104.5 million to summer school funding. While districts are not sure of the monetary amount they will receive, Owatonna and Faribault schools both plan to direct it toward the expansion of summer school programming.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN
Buildings: Zumbro Education District to build new facility in Kasson
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Zumbro Education District is building a new, large-scale facility of its own to call home. The education district has acquired land in Kasson for the project. Sitting on a little more than 6 acres, the building will be 61,000 square feet and cost $16 million. Those involved with the project say it will allow the district to better serve its students. “This has been a labor of love for many people for two and half years,” said Patrick Gordon, executive director for ZED. “We’re going to have state-of-the-art learning environments for the students who have probably the most challenges. ... this is just a win for our students who have the highest needs.”

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Buildings: St. Paul approves five-year construction plan
The St. Paul school board on Tuesday approved a five-year construction plan that features two big school renovations and scores of smaller projects throughout the city. “SPPS Builds” is the new brand name for a major building initiative started by Superintendent Valeria Silva, who in 2016 increased yearly construction spending to $112 million from around $30 million. After early cost estimates proved wildly inaccurate, Superintendent Joe Gothard halted construction planning in 2019 and ordered an external review that produced 52 recommendations for changing their processes. John Brodrick, the only current board member who was in office in 2016, cast the lone vote against the new plan on Tuesday.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

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Food service: How Governor Walz’s supplemental budget could impact education

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff in honor of Boulder shooting victims

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Buildings: St. Paul will consider renaming Ramsey Middle School

MPR

Courts: Anoka-Hennepin to pay $300,000 to settle transgender student discrimination suit

Politics: School aid plan clears House as budget debate sharpens

MINNPOST

Column: As the 26th Amendment turns 50, we should recommit to our youth

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House leadership proposes $52.5 billion budget for upcoming biennium

Politics: Funding sought to help teachers teach economics and personal finance

Politics: Minnesota House passes $104.5 million student summer learning package

CBS NEWS

COVID-19: Teachers union “not convinced” social distancing can be safely be cut to 3 feet

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Poll: Learning setbacks are a top concern for U.S. parents


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NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop OKs staff, program cuts of $290,000


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BRAINERD DISPATCH
Awards: Board, staff praise Larson for hard work, passion

Laine Larson was not expecting all the praise she received Monday, March 22. “I’m extremely humbled and really appreciative,” the Brainerd Public Schools superintendent said at Monday’s school board meeting after being recognized for her recent reception of the Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

The award recognizes excellent leadership and involvement in Minnesota Association of School Administrators and other educational organizations by a female administrator. Larson was honored for her leadership, concern for students and active involvement in professional and community affairs at a statewide recognition ceremony during the association’s virtual spring conference March 11-12. School board members read words of praise from district teachers and staff members, while peppering in their own gratitude as well.

Staff members expressed gratitude for Larson’s dedication to students and staff; tireless, hard-working nature; infectious smile and warm heart; passion for education and compassion for all those she works with.

FARGO FORUM
Teaching: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton students return to distance learning until April 5

DILWORTH, Minn. — Students at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Public Schools will be in distance learning until April 5.

The district's COVID-19 numbers show nine active student cases across the three schools, with over 100 students in quarantine.

Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said since the cases are so spread out, it was hard to contact trace. "I would really struggle with the idea of bringing kids back, when you believe there's a high probability that some may be symptomatic," Thygeson said. Thygeson added the district will either go back to fully in-person, or hybrid learning, after the Easter break.

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN
Administration: Rochester School Board prepares community survey for interim superintendent search

Rochester Public Schools is hoping to get some feedback from the public about the qualities they would like to see in an interim superintendent.

The Rochester School Board reviewed on Monday a survey that it plans to send to the community as one of the first steps toward finding a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Michael Muñoz.

The board reviewed the proposed survey, as well as a timeline for the rest of the process with Barb Dorn from the Minnesota School Boards Association. "We are recruiting already and I have to tell you: there's a lot of interest in this position," Dorn said about the interim superintendent opening.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Buildings: Students seek name change for Ramsey Middle School

The St. Paul school board could vote later this year to scrub Alexander Ramsey’s name from one of its schools.Students and staff at Ramsey Middle School are asking for the name change, noting that the Minnesota Territory’s first governor called for the extermination of the Sioux Indians.

By district policy, building name changes must be initiated by that school’s community. Superintendent Joe Gothard on Tuesday gave formal notice that that process is underway. The school will spend at least four months on stakeholder engagement before bringing a new name forward for board approval.

Students and staff are expected to make their pitch to the board next month for dropping their school’s namesake.

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE
Administration: BOLD superintendent to retire

OLIVIA — BOLD School Board will be looking for a new superintendent to help them develop a path forward to address the district’s facilities needs.

Interim Superintendent Dale Brandsoy informed board members at their meeting Monday that he will be retiring at the end of June.

Brandsoy, who is 72, told board members that it was time for him personally to move on to devote more time to family and other interests. “Thank you for your support,” Brandsoy said. He told board members that they have an “outstanding school district” and encouraged them to move forward by keeping their focus on the needs of the students. Board members thanked him for his leadership. They have not made decisions on how to undertake a search for a new superintendent to lead the district that serves the communities of Bird Island, Olivia and Lake Lillian.



TUESDAY, MARCH 23

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Funding: President Biden eyes $3 trillion package for infrastructure, schools, families

MINNPOST

Column: On learning loss and the need to address inequities in education

KELO

Food service: Minnesota campaign launches for universal free school meals

POLITICO

Politics: Members of Congress, FCC intend to help get more students online from home

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: District seeks input from community on strategic plan


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BRAINERD DISPATCH
Teaching: Pequot teacher bonds with students over TikTok adventures

Engaging students is no easy feat. Doing it during a pandemic is even tougher. But a Pequot Lakes teacher turned to social media as means of connecting with his students while teaching valuable lessons at the same time. Josh Borchardt has hundreds of views on each of his TikTok videos, with one reaching more than 3,400 views. The high school biology teacher is an avid adventurer — mountain biking, scuba diving, mountaineering — and turns his excursions into learning opportunities.

“When I started getting into teaching in the K-12 setting, I started realizing how much science and everything goes into my gear and my equipment and forces when I’m using ropes and building anchors, and my nutrition and everything — the things my body goes through from going through high elevation or really cold temperatures — and I just started kind of blending my interests with education to loop kids into that mix and have them practice this stuff and get outdoors and realize what’s out there,” Borchardt said during a phone interview Thursday, March 18.

His most recent expedition was a ski trip across Mille Lacs Lake in frigid temperatures last month. He and a couple friends trekked the roughly 16 miles from Garrison to Liberty Beach on skis, passing through the geographic center of the lake where they set up a camp for the night, as the journey took two days.

DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE
Curriculum: Duluth students learn science, Ojibwe culture

To the tune of “I’ve been working on the railroad,” first and second grade students in Winonah Ojanen’s class gathered around a boiling trough of sap singing a song about the sugarbush. All in the Ojibwe language.

“It’s just something fun we made up,” Ojanen said. Every spring, students in the Misaabekong Ojibwe Immersion Program at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth tap the maple trees in the woods behind the school and wait for the sap to start flowing.

When it’s time to start boiling the sugar, they gather around a fire and hear creation stories about Manabozho, the great uncle who encountered all the natural phenomena on Mother Earth.

GRAND FORKS HERALD
Teaching: At-risk students saw significant improvement

The East Grand Forks School District's investment in a student success coach program appears to be paying off.

Student Success Coach Alex Reed told the East Grand Forks School Board, at their regular meeting Monday, March 22, that of the roughly 75 students he works with, about half have gone from failing all their classes to passing at least one in the last month. He believes many of those students were helped at least in part by returning to their classrooms every day, as well as receiving support from teachers and administrators on a daily basis.

But regardless of the reason why those students are doing better in class, Reed said the impact on those students has been huge. He used the example of one student struggling with substance abuse issues. On a recent day in health class, after about six months of working with Reed, the student made a bet with a friend to see who could stay sober longer.

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS
Insurance: Claims rise while self-insurance helps keep costs down

While Northfield Public Schools is increasing health insurance premiums by 5% for the first time in nearly 10 years, administrators say the district still has a competitive advantage.

The planned spike comes as insurance claims have dramatically increased.

The district's self-funded option is reportedly becoming more popular for districts across the state, including Owatonna Public Schools and Faribault Public Schools, two organizations that started their own similar plans this year to have more control over future health insurance premium increases. 

ST. CLOUD TIMES
Buildings: Council to renovate old Tech high school

ST. CLOUD — The St. Cloud City Council is set to approve bids Monday night to renovate the former Tech High School building into a new City Hall.

The school, parts of which are 104 years old, was vacated by the St. Cloud Area School District in 2019, and the city's plans to move to the site were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

In January, the council reissued bids for the demolition of the 1955 and 1975 additions and renovation of the 1917 and 1938 portions of the former Tech High School.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Administration: New education commissioner talks about future plans for schools

In the late 1990s, social studies teachers Tim Walz and Heather Mueller had neighboring classrooms at Mankato West High School until Mueller left for a larger classroom in the school’s annex.

Mueller joined the Minnesota Department of Education as a senior director in April 2019, a few months after Walz was sworn in as governor. She became deputy commissioner in January 2020 and has been the face of the state’s education response during the coronavirus pandemic, working with health officials to issue and revise guidance to public schools around when and how they can safely bring students back to school.

Next month, Mueller moves into the education commissioner’s office following Mary Cathryn Ricker’s resignation.



MONDAY, MARCH 22

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Mapping of virus shows spread from sports

COVID-19: Concerns grow over variants as cases grow near spring break

Testing: Minnesota prepares for in-person standardized tests

MPR

Safety: CDC says schools can now space students 3 feet apart

KARE 11

Funding: Minnesota schools to receive $1.32 billion from COVID-19 stimulus bill

REUTERS

Funding: Survey: Student mental health suffered as U.S. schools shut down amid pandemic

USA TODAY

COVID-19: CDC relaxes social distancing guidelines for schools, paving way for more in-person instruction

COVID-19: U.S. schools already testing students and staff for coronavirus say it’s crucial to in-person class

U.S. NEWS & WORD REPORT

COVID-19: In poor U.S. school districts, pandemic overwhelms counselors


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ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: An explanation about various student assessments

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Community Education classes to get back on track


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DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE
Administration: New education commissioner focused on learning recovery
The new Minnesota Department of Education commissioner believes this summer will be an important time for the state and school districts to focus on the recovery of learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Current Education Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller, who starts in her new role April 1, told the News Tribune during a one-on-one interview that Gov. Tim Walz's summer education package "provides supports that our schools and students need right now to recover from our COVID school year, and that includes a variety of things." Walz introduced a $150 million package in his budget proposal to help fund expanded opportunities for summer learning programs, field trips, mental health support programs, summer preschool and college courses for graduating seniors.

Health: Three area schools added to outbreak list
Three Northland schools were added to the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday and one was removed. A school building is put on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests. The three schools added to the list Thursday were Hibbing High School, Mesabi East School in Aurora, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Grand Rapids. Merritt Elementary School in Mountain Iron, added Feb. 4, as removed from the list Thursday.

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS
Teaching: Teaching during the pandemic
Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges that no college teacher-preparation course prepared teachers for. "Uncertainty has been the most difficult aspect for me, but, also, it has provided learning opportunities. Each week brings revised restrictions and new struggles for in-person and distance learning," said Krista Kielmeyer Swanson, a first grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. This is her 11th year teaching at Faribault's Lincoln Elementary School. Additional sections of classes were added at the elementary level to limit the number of student in a classroom to allow them to be seated at desks six feet apart. In addition, parents have the option of having their children in distance learning, all year, even when in-person learning within schools opens up. Swanson said that additional teachers were hired at the elementary level to teach those who are in "full distance" learning mode.

FARGO-MOORHEAD
Teaching: How far behind has COVID left Moorhead students?
FARGO — Some school administrators are careful not to attribute a recent dip in student achievement to the coronavirus pandemic, and though the cause is unclear, data shows that failure rates among local students increased during the isolated months of virtual and distance learning. As the world raced to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, public schools across the nation struggled to find ways to maintain an equitable education for all students. Instructional plans included total virtual learning, part-time distance learning, and eventually back to in-person learning, but with face masks, deep cleanings and social distancing. Here in North Dakota and Minnesota, the struggle was no different than anywhere else. Finding the technology and internet access for every student was a monumental endeavor, according to Fargo Public Schools IT director Bill Westrick.

MANKATO FREE PRESS
Curriculum: Ethnic Studies courses coming to Mankato high schools
Students at Mankato East and West high schools will have the opportunity this fall to learn about how ethnic and racial discrimination in history are connected to current events. The schools are two of the growing number of Minnesota secondary schools implementing ethnic studies courses. Ethnic studies is the interdisciplinary study of the perspectives of historically underrepresented and disenfranchised groups of people. Advocates say the study is needed to help all students see themselves reflected in the curriculum. “It’s about having a more robust, accurate history,” said Daisy Hernandez-Barguiarena, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College and fellow for Unidos Minnesota who has been advocating for an ethnic studies academic requirement. “Our schools are so diverse, our curriculum should also be diverse.”

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN
Buildings: Rochester schools sells its stake in Eyota land
Rochester Public Schools recently sold its interest in a piece of property for $1,000. That may not sound like a lot of money, but to be fair, it wasn't a lot of land. Plus, it probably won't be missed since the school district didn't even realize it had anything to do with it in the first place.



FRIDAY, MARCH 19

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THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff on March 19 and March 22

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: State extends lifeline to foster youth

Funding: Governor Walz revises budget plan

MPR

Politics: U.S. Education Department begins rolling back Trump-era policies

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Sanneh Foundation mentoring program could receive ongoing state funding

KSTP

COVID-19: Fifth Minnesota school staff member dies of COVID-19

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Learning: U.S. schools prepare summer of learning to help kids catch up

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: Contrasting CDC studies show pitfalls of rejecting guidance on school reopenings


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: Fairmont High School seeks to provide extra support


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EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: New U.S. education secretary keeps tough stance on state tests as he focuses on school reopening

FARGO FORUM

Awards: Minnesota student wins national Heart of the Arts award

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Administration: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva picks new superintendent

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Health: Mankato Area schools COVID-19 cases are down

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Awards: Cheryl Johnson named special education administrator of the year



THURSDAY, MARCH 18

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: Teen shares story of her long wait for help

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Educators paying out-of-pocket for school supplies could get additional tax relief

Politics: “Long-standing structural inequities” is the target of Women of Color Opportunity Act

Politics: Economic development panel OKs $120 million for rural broadband expansion

Politics: Grant program aims to support young adults with learning differences and autism

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: Facing competing pressures, CDC weighs relaxing six feet rule in schools

NBC NEWS

Politics: Biden administration to provide $10 billion for COVID-19 testing to speed school reopenings

K-12 DIVE

COVID-19: U.S. Education Department to host National Safe School Reopening Summit next week

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: U.S. Education Department releases $122 billion in coronavirus relief funds to states


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FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Martin County West keeps interim superintendent

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Graduation: Sleepy Eye seniors get career tips virtually


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OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Safety: Medford to continue testing through pandemic

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: School lunch leaders want free meals for all students



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Board: St. Paul appoints new board member to fill vacancy

COVID-19: Teens fuel virus activity

MPR

Community: Minnesota Parent Union seeks to empower students and families

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Seeking to aid post-COVID catch-up, House panel approves summer school funding bill

Politics: Teachers included in proposed funding increase for school-linked mental health grants

Politics: New proposal targets drivers who ignore school bus stop-arms

Politics: State lawmakers could make four Minnesota tax credits bigger — and simpler

KARE 11

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers mull school bus stop arm cameras to catch outlaw drivers

KSTP

Politics: Educators ask lawmakers to help 21-year-old students set to age out of high school

ABC NEWS

Diversity: Racial diversity in children’s books grows, but slowly

NBC NEWS

STEM: Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is helping to teach STEM skills to Black and Latino students


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NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: Motion to cut GFW positions dies


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BRAINERD DISPATCH

Administration: Crosslake Community Schools director resigns

FARGO FORUM

Discipline: Marshall County Central teacher accused of inappropriate behavior resigns

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Teaching: Medford secondary students return to in-person learning

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Buildings: High school roof work to cost $1.4 million

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester School Board approves new strategy for pool projects



TUESDAY, MARCH 16

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Politics: The House education omnibus bill — how it impacts school boards

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Democrats laud funding in federal stimulus package

MPR

COVID-19: Minnesota students look back at a year of school during the pandemic

MINNPOST

Diversity: Teacher diversity bill may push teachers of color out of the classroom

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Eligibility for substitute teaching licenses could be expanded

HEALTHDAY

Poll: Pandemic has harmed mental health of nearly half of U.S. teens

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID-19: U.S. schools weighing whether to seat students closer together

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Enrollment: Why public school enrollment matters to district bottom lines


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Teaching: Plan will connect schools and community resources

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Curriculum: Making the best out of a difficult year


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BEMIDJI PIONEER

Buildings: Bemidji Area School votes to close Central School

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Teaching: Over half of families are satisfied, neutral with distance learning

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Health: COVID-19 cases in Mankato Area schools top 40

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Teaching: Owatonna school embraces uncertainty



MONDAY, MARCH 15

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Accident: Student killed in Woodbury crash

Arts: Minneapolis parks program hopes to engage students in creative arts

Column: Schools must aim higher with the Page amendment

Teaching: Governor Walz lays out rollbacks for COVID-19 restrictions

MPR

Politics: Effort to increase teachers of color finds bipartisan support at the Capitol

Teaching: How the pandemic can reinvent schools and learning

Technology: Why is it taking so long to get high-speed Internet to Greater Minnesota?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Omnibus education policy bill clears committee

MASHABLE

Technology: How to slash your community’s digital divide

THE NEW YORK TIMES

COVID-19: New study suggests 3 feet is sufficient distance for school students, with mask-wearing and other safety measures kept in place


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ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: The Genius Hour at Hawthorne

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Testing: Proficiency scores show a district holding steady

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Granada-Huntley-East Chain approves reading training


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ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Technology: Big burden for schools trying to give kids internet access

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Bemidji residents weigh in on Central School

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Brainerd superintendent wins state administrators award

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Two schools added to breakout list

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Diversity: High school group provides social justice training to students, teachers

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Teaching: Byron teacher tries to turn history into more than memorization



FRIDAY, MARCH 12

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Governor Walz to roll back restrictions

Column: Teacher diversity depends on licensing alternatives

Politics: Governor Walz urges Legislature to pass summer education package

Teaching: Community learning pods aim to meet shifting needs as students return to class

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Awards: 25 semifinalists named for Teacher of the Year

MPR

Learning: A glimpse into a year of virtual high school

MINNPOST

Teaching: Why some school districts haven’t yet gone back to in-person learning

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Early Learning Scholarship program would be fully funded under proposal

Politics: Proposal would support the Girl Scouts ConnectZ program

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Poll: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. parents support in-person schooling

USA TODAY

Politics: Biden administration will devote $650 million to help schools expand testing

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Weather: School snow days aren’t history yet

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Two schools added to breakout list

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: GHEC approves reading training

MANKATO FREE PRESS

COVID-19: Virus cases jump in Mankato schools

Diversity: High school group provides social justice training to students, teachers

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Buildings: Board tours donated CTE building

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Awards: Rochester teacher a semifinalist for Teacher of the Year

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: Sartell-St. Stephen picks new superintendent

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Health: COVID rates continue at low levels



THURSDAY, MARCH 11

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Billions headed to governments, schools and businesses

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Board: Eight apply for St. Paul School Board seat

Teaching: Union president who led strike is retiring

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Policy Committee begins work on omnibus education policy bill

Politics: Proposal aims to expand students’ access to support personnel

CHALKBEAT

Funding: Congress approves massive infusion of funds for schools

Learning: For some kids, remote learning will continue this fall — can schools make it better?

K-12 DIVE

Funding: Superintendents call for sustained funding as American Rescue Plan provides nearly $123 billion for K-12 schools

Learning: Breaks can boost concentration, memory for students stressed by pandemic

Report: High-dosage tutoring in Chicago improved high school math grades

Research: Elementary school reading development stalled during pandemic

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Teaching: District suspends in-person learning through spring break

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd approves gym expansion for school

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Buildings: CER to change office location

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Funding: USDA extends free meal program for kids through the summer (subscription or sign-in required)

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Teaching: Sleepy Eye gets good news COVID update (subscription or sign-in required)

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Special Education team connects early and virtually (subscription of sign-in required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: District takes steps to cut the risk of virus spread

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: Sartell-St. Stephen interviews Kay Nelson for superintendent job



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR TIM WALZ

Press release: Governor Walz appoints Heather Mueller to serve as Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Education

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Education commissioner resigns

Feature: Custody over pieces of war memorial heats up

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: St. Paul School District to spend $81 million on two school remodels (subscription or sign-up required)

MPR

Teaching: Majority of students now have option to attend school in person

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Rural Minnesota school districts could receive more transportation aid to help offset busing costs

KARE 11

Politics: Minnesota Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker to resign

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Curriculum: Opportunity of a lifetime (subscription or sign-up required)

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd School Board delays naming of performing arts center

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Budget: Blue Earth Area School Board approves budget

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Faribault School Board postpones ALC decision, cuts director (subscription or sign-up required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Ex-Mankato administrator appointed state education commissioner

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Budget: Owatonna to decide on cuts next month (subscription or sign-up required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Diversity: Rochester finds footing on gender-neutral restrooms

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Teaching: In-person classes going well for Willmar



TUESDAY, MARCH 9

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: How insurance bills will impact education

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Lessons learned in pandemic will transform St. Cloud Area schools

MPR

Child care: Greater Minnesota’s child care crisis squeezed by pandemic

COVID-19: Minnesota expands vaccine eligibility

Politics: South Dakota passes bill restricting transgender girls from sports teams

MINNPOST

Politics: What does the latest federal COVID-19 relief bill mean for Minnesota?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House lawmakers consider amending Minnesota Constitution to guarantee all kids a “quality public education”

KARE 11

Learning: Governor Walz says more than 90 percent of districts and charter schools are offering in-person classes

K-12 DIVE

Report: Teacher shortages may make it difficult to reopen school safely

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Brainerd School Board delays naming of performing arts center (subscription or sign-up required)

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Learning: After nearly a year, Duluth secondary school students return to classroom (subscription or sign-up required)



MONDAY, MARCH 8

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Federal relief package includes funding to address digital divide in education

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minnesota health officials report COVID-19 variant clusters in Carver County, call for youth sports pause

COVID-19: Minnesota health officials stress travel risks as COVID-19 variants spread

Crime: St. Cloud man accused of sexually assaulting girl at high school basketball game

Curriculum: Minnesota’s K-12 social studies review looks to broaden class lessons

Editorial: Adding diversity to state teaching ranks is a critical goal

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Learning: Governor Walz wanted schools open this week — how many met that goal? (subscription or sign-up required)

MPR

Learning: As many parents fret over remote learning, some find their kids are thriving

Poll: Nearly one-third of parents may stick with remote learning

MINNPOST

Column: Education equity — what’s ailing Minnesota?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota high school seniors might be required to take personal finance course

Politics: Minnesota lawmaker pushes “common sense” interventions for kids with asthma

CNN

Attendance: U.S. educators trying to track students who dropped out of school amid pandemic spotlighted

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID-19: U.S. teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Program: Apprenticeship program offers Pequot Lakes and Pillager students real work experience (subscription or sign-up required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Program: Local colleges see boost in PSEO enrollment



FRIDAY, MARCH 5

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Buildings: Duluth plans to vacate Old Central for apartments

Teaching: New institute at University of St. Thomas will train teachers to identify and respond to student trauma

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Diversity: Auditor says grant program largely unsuccessful at producing teachers of color (subscription or sign-up required)

MINNPOST

Column: Here’s how teachers can build trust with students as schools open up

SESSION DAILY

Politics: College in the Schools teacher training program could get funding extension

Politics: House State Government Finance and Elections Committee OKs plan targeted at “ending systemic racism” in Minnesota

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Budget: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage’s budget planning spares class sizes, program cuts

COVID-19: Forest Lake Area continues vaccination efforts

Learning: Hopkins secondary students to transition to hybrid, in-person learning

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Cannon Falls Area: Music teachers make adjustments for hybrid school year

Hutchinson: Program benefits from $100,000

St. Louis County: School district moves ahead in construction dispute

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: A sense of team (for full article, right-click and open in an incognito window)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

COVID-19: Mankato Area schools had eight coronavirus cases this week

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Elementary school design moves forward (subscription or sign-up required)

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: BOLD School District to talk to neighboring districts about joint facility possibilities (subscription or sign-up required)

Learning: BOLD School District returns to hybrid learning (subscription or sign-up required)

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Learning: Older Winona Area students to go in-person learning starting on April 8



THURSDAY, MARCH 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: First doses of new COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Minnesota

Learning: St. Paul schools bid farewell to snow days

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal would prohibit Minnesota schools from suspending young elementary students

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Committee considers extending funding for suicide-prevention training

CHALKBEAT

Testing: After the federal government says tests are still required, critics mobilize and states look for loopholes

K-12 DIVE

Learning: Three superintendents say collaborations with chief technology officers improved pandemic responses

Report: Parent school reviews correlate with test scores, not growth or effectiveness

KSTP

Politics: Bill proposed in Minnesota would prevent early childhood students from being suspended or expelled

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: Wisconsin governor floats allowing K-12 schools to open before September 1

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Program: Career and tech education center coming to New Ulm

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Learning: Rochester School District looks toward creating online school (subscription or sign-up may be required)

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: Sartell-St. Stephen selects three superintendent finalists

WINONA POST

Learning: Winona High School, Winona Middle School returning to in-person school on April 8



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Action Alert: Ask the Legislature to act now for COVID-19 recovery

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Equity: Parent-led equity groups aim to address racism in Minneapolis schools

Program: State auditor says impact of Minnesota grants to train teachers of color is unclear

MPR

Politics: Deal brewing on quick tax relief bill in Minnesota

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal would limit youngest learners’ device usage

Politics: Lawmakers consider a boost to funding for program targeted at low-income students pursuing higher education

KARE 11

Politics: Push to give hourly school workers jobless benefits

REUTERS

COVID-19: President Biden calls on states to prioritize vaccinations for teachers

ABC NEWS

Absenteeism: Thousands of students reported “missing” from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Donation: Eastern Carver County School District accepts $2.5 million donation

Grant: Eastern Carver County School District receives Youth Skills Training grant

Learning: More in-person learning for secondary Eastern Carver County students

Learning: Prior Lake-Savage Area planning transition to in-person learning model for secondary students

Referendum: Edina School Board approves May 11 vote on tech levy and bond issue

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Fillmore Central: School district to continue with four-period days in 2021-2022

Houston: District begins superintendent search

Kingsland: Board approves 2021-2022 school calendar

Lanesboro: School’s enrollment numbers continue to grow

Rushford-Peterson: Schools return to in-person instruction

Staples-Motley: Questions answered on bond referendum

Upsala Area: District preparing for school referendum vote on May 11

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Learning: Bemidji High School, Bemidji Middle School to shift back to full in-person learning on March 25 (subscription or sign-up required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Learning: Rochester secondary students on track to go in person (subscription or sign-up may be required)



TUESDAY, MARCH 2

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: What the February budget forecast could mean for education

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Child care: Rural Minnesota facing child-care deserts as pandemic makes bad situation worse

Reading: Six Dr. Seuss books won’t be published any longer due to imagery

Teaching: Advocates renew push for funding, recruiting teachers of color in Minnesota

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: New Roseville Area superintendent to prioritize racial equity and tax referendum (subscription or sign-up may be required)

Learning: St. Paul students may have woken up to their last snow day (subscription or sign-up may be required)

MPR

Learning: Some Minnesota school districts will bring older learners back later than Governor Walz wanted

Politics: Lifelong educator Miguel Cardona confirmed as U.S. education secretary

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Policy Committee considers changes to the teacher licensure system

Politics: Benefits extension sought for Minnesota school bus drivers, other hourly school workers

CNBC

Teaching: More teachers plan to quit as COVID-19 stress overwhelms educators

NBC NEWS

Politics: U.S. Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as U.S. education secretary

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Learning: Albert Lea Area School Board approves move to four-day in-person learning (subscription or sign-up may be required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Mankato Area school budget cuts could exceed $7 million

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Program: Marshall School District plans expansion for career and technical education (subscription required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Learning: Rochester elementary students back in classrooms full time (subscription or sign-up may be required)

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Athletics: Longtime La Crescent-Hokah baseball coach dies



MONDAY, MARCH 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Caution on return to schools is the safest approach

Learning: Enrollment, funding drops challenge school budgets

MPR

Politics: Tide turns on Minnesota legislative session

MINNPOST

Politics: Why Minnesota’s projected $1.6 billion budget surplus isn’t going to end the Legislature’s debate over taxes

ABC NEWS

Learning: Some U.S. school districts requiring struggling online learners to return to the classroom

KARE 11

Learning: Lakeville family moves to South Dakota for open schools

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Latest budget forecast puts state back in the black

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Court: Federal judge hears arguments in Connecticut transgender athletes case

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Funding: The ongoing battle for funding for educating students in the area (registration or sign-up may be required)

Learning: Lifelong learning for every age (registration or sign-up may be required)

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Program: Granada-Huntley-East Chain introduces FFA program

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Politics: Minnesota Senate hears rural broadband bills

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Facilities: St. Charles School District purchases land for future expansion

Politics: Minnesota Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee hears three bills for expanded broadband access

February 2021

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Learning: St. Paul School District targets April 14 return for middle school and high school students

MPR

Politics: Projected $1.6 billion surplus shoves aside Minnesota's budget deficit

Program: Teaching students a new Black history

MINNPOST

Discipline: How the pandemic has altered school discipline

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Funding for mental health and school support staff included in Governor Walz’s E-12 proposal

Politics: House Capital Investment Committee considers more money for getting to school safely

Politics: Early childhood educator incentive programs could get funding boost

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Survey: More Americans now say academic concerns should be a top factor in deciding to reopen K-12 schools

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Transportation: Fairmont Area students safe after bus accident

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Administration: Winona Area School Board praises superintendent’s work



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minnesota health officials ask students and families to take COVID-19 tests every two weeks

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: Minnesota health officials want families with kids in school tested every two weeks

MPR

Politics: Sex education bill in Minnesota House draws opposition

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Governor Walz’s education policy plan draws strong reactions on House panel

Politics: Minnesota students could have better access to after-school programs

Politics: Workers’ compensation changes proposed for Minnesota teachers with COVID-19

Politics: Alternate access sought for children requiring residential mental health treatment

CHALKBEAT

Testing: Experts warn this year’s state test results will be tough to make sense of

KARE 11

Transportation: Minnesota celebrates school bus drivers “going the extra mile”

NPR

Learning: Millions of kids learn English at school — teaching them remotely hasn't been easy

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COVID-19: Minnesota officials ask families to get tested every two weeks

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Poll: Concerns about safety of U.S. school staff diminishing as a reopening concern

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Advocacy: Robbinsdale Middle School principal advocates for education

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Belle Plaine: School board approves renewal of superintendent’s contract

Cannon Falls Area: Referendum vote set for May 11

Cannon Falls Area: Minnesota School Board Recognition Week set for February 22-26

Crookston: School district to pursue a long-term home for football, track facilities

Chatfield: School board approves in-person, full-time learning for all grades

Glencoe-Silver Lake: District back to in-person learning

Houston: School district to consider purchase of church building

Litchfield: New elementary school’s STEAM program teaches science, technology skills

Mabel-Canton: District mulls senior trip and prom

Minnewaska Area: Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is February 22-26

Randolph: Board approves 2021-2022 school year calendar

United South Central: School board updates students’ computers

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Politics: Lawmakers agree on major broadband funding, undecided on how to spend it

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Facilities: New Ulm School District to buy property for trades center

WINONA POST

Learning: Will Winona Area, Lewiston-Altura middle schools and high schools fully open?



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: CDC says teachers were key to infections in Atlanta study

Health: More students are vaping marijuana

Column: Can we stop fighting about charter schools?

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Board: Applications due to fill vacancy on St. Paul board

Teaching: St. Paul planning full return to school in spring

MPR

Testing: States must test students this spring

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee advances paid family and medical leave bill

K-12 DIVE

Testing: U.S. Education Department must assess students, but with flexibilities

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: Biden administration withdraws from transgender athlete case

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

COVID-19: Lakeville elementary school closes due to school virus cases

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Austin School Board hires Byron superintendent (for full article, right-click and open in an incognito window)

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: South campus project comes in over budget (subscription or sign-up required for access)

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Teaching: Some Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton students to resume in-person learning full-time (subscription or sign-up required for access)

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Faribault School Board cuts $1 million from budget (subscription or sign-up required for access)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Feature: Student-led fundraiser gets Cleveland teacher a new wheelchair

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Teaching: Owatonna to release plan to return students to school (subscription or sign-up required for access)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Board: Rochester School Board reviews self-evaluation data (subscription or sign-up required for access)

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: Montevideo picks new leader (subscription or sign-up required for access)



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: What you need to know about Governor Walz’s education policy bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers propose bill of rights for student borrowers

Testing: Feds say school testing can be delayed but not cancelled

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Lakeville Area settles lawsuit over student asthma attack (subscription or sign-up required for access)

Teaching: More middle schools and high schools open as new state guidance takes effect (subscription or sign-up required for access)

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Civics class could be mandatory for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors

CHALKBEAT

Testing: Biden administration says schools must still give standardized tests this year

DISABILITY SCOOP

Data: U.S. schools servicing more students under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area School Board to close Central Elementary, Paul Bunyan Center and Community Center (subscription or sign-up required for access)

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Board: Martin County West School Board looks to fill openings (for full article, right-click and open in an incognito window)

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Health: COVID-19 cases drop but East Grand Forks monitors spikes in other counties (subscription or sign-up required for access)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Diversity: Systemic racism still permeates from housing to education

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: Schools experience bumpy vaccine rollout (subscription or sign-up for access)



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Enrollment: Public school enrollment drops 2 percent amid pandemic

Health: Pandemic a tough test for students managing eating disorders

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Enrollment: Report details enrollment decline in public schools during pandemic (subscription or sign-up required for access)

Teaching: Stillwater secondary students returning to in-person learning in March (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

MPR

Teaching: COVID drives home-schooling surge

Teaching: If schools follow CDC guidance, Biden’s reopening goals could be hard to reach

MINNPOST

Column: The right way to help students returning to school

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Communication: Entire San Francisco Bay Area school board resigns after hot mic comments

USA TODAY

COVID-19: Most U.S. schools aren’t yet requiring teachers to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Learning: Educators warn learning gap widening as millions of children skip kindergarten

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Enrollment: Minnesota public school enrollment drops 2 percent amid pandemic

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Community partnerships that help schools manage COVID (for full article, right-click and open in an incognito window)

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area School Board to make tough decisions tonight (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Brainerd schools celebrate School Board Recognition Week (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Health: COVID-19 cases remain low in school-age children (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Board: Fairmont Area School Board honored during School Board Recognition Week (for full article, right-click and open in an incognito window)

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: ALC graduates tell how the school saved their lives (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Enrollment: Superintendent attributes East Grand Forks enrollment decline to pandemic (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Health: Teachers roll up their sleeves for COVID vaccine (subscription or sign-up requred for access)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Community: Return to School advocates elevate their message with multiple billboards (subscription or sign-up requred for access)



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Couple suspected of torching St. Paul school are caught in Mexico

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: GOP-led Minnesota Senate votes to block Governor Walz from closing schools (subscription or sign-up required)

MPR

Diversity: Caledonia grapples with what it means to belong

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota students in residential facilities could have better access to extra learning opportunities

Politics: Proposal would establish a new state agency focused on early childhood

CHALKBEAT

Data: Polls show most — though not all — parents are getting the type of instruction they want for their kids

K-12 DIVE

Study: Increased internet access improves student achievement, school district finances

KARE-11

Politics: Minnesota Senate votes to strip Governor Walz school powers

POLITICO

Communication: Residents call for resignation of California’s Oakley Union School Board members after they disparage parents

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Learning: Divides in parent opinion complicate U.S. school reopening push

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Edina Superintendent John Schultz announces retirement

Advocacy: Elk River Area School Board OKs legislative platform

Budget: Waconia School District eyes path out of operating debt

Learning: Eastern Carver County School District to send middle school and high school students back to hybrid model

Learning: Elk River Area’s blended learning options increasing exponentially

Personnel: Edina School District hires assistant human resources director

Project: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approves financing for artificial turf field

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Blue Earth Area: School district’s enrollment numbers are up

Braham Area: District celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Cannon Falls Area: School board continues referendum, levy discussion

Chatfield: School board moving closer to in-person learning

Fairmont Area: High school student named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Hutchinson: Secondary students returning to full in-person learning

North Branch Area: Appointee brings education experience to school board

Red Wing: School board accelerates return-to-school plan

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: Albert Lea Area School Board considers more in-person days for secondary students

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Byron superintendent chosen to lead Austin schools (subscription or sign-up required)

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Linda Henkel may be the only three-time Pine River-Backus Teacher of the Year (subscription or sign-up required)

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Teaching: Moorhead Area sets dates for high schoolers to return to in-person classes (subscription or sign-up required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: More classroom time for Mankato Area secondary students

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Safety: Grant to help with student safety in Tyler

WINONA POST

Learning: Winona Area meets special needs with more classroom time

Personnel: Group recommends Winona Area hires cultural liaisons



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Action Alert — Ask legislators to pass Summer Program Bill

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff in honor of lives lost to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Governor Walz says it’s time to get all students back in schools

Teaching: Governor Walz rings the school bell

Column: Public school students aren’t learning the wrong thing

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Teaching: All middle schools and high schools can open Monday under new guidance

Teaching: Muddled promises on schools pose political problem for President Joe Biden

MPR

Safety: Governor Walz says middle school and high school students can return Monday

MINNPOST

Learning: What to know about Governor Walz’s plan to get Minnesota middle school and high school students back in the classroom

K-12 DIVE

Teaching: Distance learning increases copyright risks for educators

NBC NEWS

Politics: Vice President Kamala Harris says teachers should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Education committee considers “Seizure Smart Schools” legislation

Politics: Proposed ban on flavored tobacco moves ahead

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Houston: Superintendent to retire

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: District to celebrate School Board Recognition Week (subscription or sign-up required)

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Three finalists named for Austin superintendent

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Buildings: Still undecided about elementary, ALC transitions, Faribault School Board weighs pros and cons (subscription or sign-up required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: New school guidelines facilitate full-time return

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Hiring: Blooming Prairie considers hiring special education staff (subscription or sign-up required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Safety: Academy for the Deaf eyes security upgrades (subscription or sign-up required)

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: Montevideo to interview six superintendent finalists (subscription or sign-up required)



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: As vaccine milestone nears, Governor Walz readies school plan for high schools

COVID-19: Minnesota schools fast-track plans for permanent online learning options

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: Ellen DeGeneres gives Falcon Heights teacher $20,000 (subscription or sign-up may be required)

Teaching: Governor Walz to discuss guidance for middle and high school students today (subscription or sign-up may be required)

MPR

Safety: New research finds armed officers increases mortality at school shootings

Safety: Is it safe enough for kids to return to classrooms?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: More Minnesota children could be eligible for early learning opportunities this summer

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: President Biden reframes goal on reopening of elementary schools

WALLET HUB

Survey: Minnesota is ranked 9th best in education for the nation

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Eden Prairie: School board considers whether to increase public access to workshops

Jordan: Deborah Pauly transitions out of role as MSBA president

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: Albert Lea Area School Board considers more in-person days for secondary students

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Farm and Food Week brings ag-themed books to classrooms (subscription or sign-up may be required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Mankato Area School District drains reserves to cover deficit

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester School Board approves name for elementary school (subscription or sign-up may be required)



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Safety concerns ripple through ranks of basketball officials

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Page amendment seeks to guarantee children an equal right to quality education

MPR

Teaching: Schools plan to continue virtual learning options in the fall

KAPPAN ONLINE

Media: The reinvention of Minneapolis schools coverage

NPR

COVID-19: U.S. schools wrestle with CDC’s athletics recommendations

SESSION DAILY

Politics: New teachers could have better access to mentorship opportunities

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Health: School mindfulness programs try to calm “storm of stresses”

WCCO

Learning: Minnesota middle school and high school students returning to classrooms

Politics: Renewed push for Page amendment

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Pine River-Backus names Teacher of the Year (subscription or sign-up required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID-19: Rochester teacher calls vaccination a miracle



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. House committees advance key pandemic funding measures for K-12 schools and to help close the homework gap

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Governor Walz touts state approach to getting kids back in school

Politics: Bill would let teens take driver’s education online without an instructor

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: CDC says there is strong evidence that in-person schooling can be done safely

Teaching: Kindergartners are the best medicine for teacher diagnosed with cancer

MPR

Safety: CDC offers clearest guidance yet for reopening schools

Safety: On Parkland anniversary, President Biden calls for tougher gun laws

MINNPOST

Teaching: More students are heading back to school

Column: Tired of waiting for more teachers of color

EDUCATION WEEK

COVID-19: How one principal keeps his school safe from COVID-19 during in-person schooling

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: CDC issues guidance for safely reopening schools

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Grateful for everyone doing their part

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Extracurricular: Bemidji students participate in Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day (subscription or sign-up required)

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Pillager teacher recognized for student success during pandemic (subscription or sign-up required)

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Marshall school announces new leader (subscription or sign-up required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Planning: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop seeks planning input

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Politics: GOP bid to give more control to open schools fails

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Diversity: Rochester schools need to go beyond Black history, panelists agree (subscription or sign-up required)

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Here’s what $52 million did for Willmar Public Schools (subscription or sign-up required)



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: Former teacher given probation for sending nude photos to minors

Politics: Legislature considers bill to close mandatory reporting loophole

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Teaching: St. Paul to offer in-person support to middle and high school students once a week

MPR

Politics: White House says it will defer to CDC on reopening schools

K-12 DIVE

Health: Telehealth, motorhomes helping U.S. school nurses respond to drops in preventative child health services

KARE 11

Politics: Republican lawmakers want to subtract Governor Walz from the school equation

PROPUBLICA

COVID-19: Dr. Anthony Fauci says vaccines for kids as young as first graders could be authorized by September

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota school boards could get authority to renew expiring referendums

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Health: Pine River-Backus vaccinates 40 staff members

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Teaching: Hermantown High School added to state outbreak list (subscription required)

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Teaching: New report highlights teaching shortage (subscription required)

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Mankato middle and high school students return to classroom

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Politics: Republican Sen. Gary Dahms concerned about social studies changes

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Teaching: New Ulm School Board hears about learning in a pandemic

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Funding: Owatonna superintendent supports change to operating levy funding (subscription required)

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Election: Only one person files for Willmar special election (subscription required)

Teaching: Willmar superintendent says successful return to in-person learning depends on the community (subscription required)



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff to honor victims of Buffalo tragedy

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Column: Why a shift in social studies standards is needed

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Planning: St. Paul drafts new five-year construction plan

Teaching: Stillwater Area opens pre-registration for online school next year

MPR

Politics: President Biden’s goal of one day a week in school draws blowback

Safety: Anthony Fauci says vaccines for kids could be authorized by September

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School districts could see 2 percent increase in general education revenue

Politics: House Education Policy Committee approves comprehensive sex ed proposal

DENVER ABC

Higher education: Groups raising awareness about the importance of students filling out Free Application for Federal Student Aid

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY

Report: Closing the education digital divide will cost billions

K-12 DIVE

Court: U.S. school districts brace for pandemic-related special education litigation

Learning: How individual conferences can benefit students and teachers

NBC NEWS

Politics: White House could target mask-mailing proposal to schools and most vulnerable

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Negotiations: Chicago Teachers Union votes to return gradually to classrooms

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Arts: Aitkin choir performs for MSBA conference (subscription required)

Community: Nisswa Elementary celebrates Joe Haeg Week (subscription required)

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Referendum: Fairmont Area vocational project approved

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Springfield passes two-question bond

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Teaching: Elementary school focuses on learning first, technology second (subscription required)

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Rochester School Board discusses search for superintendent (subscription required)



WEDNESDAY, FEBRAURY 10

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Action Alert: Support bill to increase education funding formula

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Teacher shortage challenges state schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Planning: St. Paul drafts new five-year construction plan

K-12 DIVE

Survey: Thirteen percent of teachers never used digital learning tools before pandemic

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: White House says President Biden’s goal is for 50 percent of schools to reopen at least one day per week by end of April

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: Teachers don’t want the rug ripped out as district stresses COVID safety

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Enrollment decline has Faribault School Board looking at major budget cuts

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Slow vaccine pace tapers teachers’ return to classrooms

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Lakeview referendum passes

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Budget: Owatonna faces difficult financial decisions

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Community: Rochester School Board considers surveying public on referendum increase

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Voters reject BOLD bond referendum

Teaching: Willmar students transition to in-person learning



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Teachers of Color bill introduced

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: Caledonia coach gets heat for comments about school’s Diversity Club

Teaching: Minneapolis schools welcome the youngest students back to classrooms

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Lawmakers press for quicker return for secondary students

Safety: Stillwater elementary shut down because of COVID numbers

MPR

Safety: Advocates say help for child care providers is key to economic recovery

Teaching: Keep schools open all summer and other ideas to help kids catch up

Teaching: Schools plan for remote learning into the fall

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Teachers unions get more say in class sizes, testing frequency under bill OK’d by House Education Policy Committee

Politics: House Workforce and Business Development Finance and Policy Committee OKs $4 million toward Greater Minnesota child care needs

CBS EVENING NEWS

Learning: President Joe Biden says closed schools are a “national emergency”

CNN

Learning: The battle over schools reopening heats up

INSIDER

Learning: Students are struggling to manage remote learning and work, which could lead to an increase in school dropouts

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Learning: U.S. schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

La Crescent-Hokah: District searching for new superintendent

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Extracurricular: Robotics are wave of the future

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: Schools nationwide walk the tightrope between ideal safety and COVID reality

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Pine River-Backus students learn to snowshoe

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Mountain Iron school added to outbreak list

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Community: Middle school adopts its own necessities store

GRAND FORKS HERALD

COVID-19: Virus spread slows to a crawl in East Grand Forks

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Slow vaccine pace tapers teachers’ return to classrooms

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Lakeview hoping for good turnout at polls

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Policy: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop OKs resolution to immediately discharge an employee facing allegations

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Blooming Prairie Elementary starts a new chapter

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Diversity: Caledonia’s Diversity Club becomes talk of the town

Referendum: Byron voters to decide on $41 million question in May



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. Senate education committee considers nomination for education secretary

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Curriculum: A move is on for accurate Indigenous history in schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: President Joe Biden’s reopening plan tests ties with teachers’ unions

MPR

Safety: CDC to weigh in on whether schools should reopen if teachers aren’t yet vaccinated

NPR

Politics: U.S. Education Department launches first federal effort to track school reopening

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Column: From upheaval grows innovation

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Albert Lea High School career pathways

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Five finalists selected for Austin superintendent

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area School Board discusses cuts, including a school closure, grade level redistribution

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Teaching: Brainerd students return to the classroom

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Teaching: Duluth outlines hybrid learning plan

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Assessing the legacy of Superintendent Michael Munoz

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: BOLD voters going to polls Tuesday



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Sports: High school state tournaments are back – if it’s safe

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Governor Walz proposes $745 million in new state aid for E-12 education

CNN

COVID-19: School districts and teachers are at odds over when kids should go back to class during pandemic

USA TODAY

Technology: Thousands of U.S. students still can’t get reliable Wi-Fi a year into the pandemic

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Advocacy: Prior Lake-Savage Area officials talk legislative positions with local lawmakers

Budget: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage prepares for budget cuts

Learning: Lakeville Area plans for secondary students to return

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Virtual community education classes available statewide

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: Northland school budgets become casualty of COVID-19

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Mankato Area secondary students to return February 11

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester School Board split over elementary school name



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Plan to strip Governor Walz of power to close schools passes first test

Safety: Minneapolis prepares elementary schools ahead of students’ return

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Senate panel considers banning transgender girls from state girls school sports

Testing: Accountability plan would throw out attendance data, minimize impact of academic tests during pandemic

MPR

Politics: Prospective U.S. education secretary tells lawmakers that in unity, there is strength

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal to diversify the teacher workforce receives a second hearing

Politics: Lawmakers hear of “broken economic model” that hinders early learning, child care

K-12 DIVE

Report: Students with historically higher absenteeism rates struggle most during COVID-19

NBC NEWS

Court: San Francisco sues its own school district, demands restart of in-person instruction

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: U.S. education secretary nominee pledges new guidance, more virus testing

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Columbia Academy mourns loss of assistant principal

COVID-19: Bloomington closes school buildings for two weeks

Learning: Phased returns, testing and vaccines in Anoka-Hennepin as more students go back to classrooms

Learning: Back to school for Eastern Carver County elementary students

Learning: Elk River Area approves back-to-school plan

Learning: White Bear Lake Area schools forge onward

STEM: Fridley elementary school students learn from school-wide STEM activity

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: School board tweaks return-to-school plan

Belle Plaine: Elementary school principal among candidates for Le Sueur-Henderson superintendent position

Blue Earth Area: School board discusses possible addition of staff positions

Fillmore Central: School board welcomes new member

Houston: Superintendent Krin Abraham announces retirement

Lanesboro: Mark Holmen joins school board

Litchfield: High school teachers video cooking show offers students recipes for life

Minnewaska Area: All students are now returning to the classroom

Randolph: District introduces virtual e-calming room to help distancing students

Rushford-Peterson: School board approves early retirement incentive, moves to make policy

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: Albert Lea Area adding Fridays to in-person learning model

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Administration: Lancaster principal picked as new superintendent for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Crime: GFW teacher charged with assaulting kindergarten child

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Century High School gets a new interim principal

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Teaching: St. Cloud secondary students to return to in-person learning March 10

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: BOLD clears up uncertainties in $62.6 million project in Olivia

Teaching: Willmar moves to in-person learning, but some teachers are hesitant



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Rochester superintendent resigns

COVID-19: Cases dropping as vaccination success emerges

Editorial: Provide more, not less transparency on school decisions

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: CDC releases two new studies of COVID-19 school safety — here’s what they find

HARTFORD COURANT

Politics: What to watch for during Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing to be U.S. education secretary

NPR

COVID-19: Physicians say pandemic has created perfect storm of stressors for kids

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Learning: Pressure builds on schools to reopen during the pandemic

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Column: From upheaval grows innovations

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: HVAC work nears completion

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Health: High school alumni see powerlifting success

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Enrollment: What is average daily membership?

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Learning models varied for secondary students

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Graduation: Owatonna schools go online for job fairs

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Rochester superintendent resigns

Teaching: Board approves return to in-person learning

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Teaching: Willmar’s return to learning goes well



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA monitors school district mandates

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Graduation: Governor Walz proposes automatic college acceptance for qualifying seniors

Politics: Amendment backers push for constitutional fix to school equity gap

Teaching: Some teachers apply to stay home as students return to classrooms

MPR

Courts: Judge’s reprieve sides with Minneapolis teachers

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Chicago Public Schools calls for two days of “cooling off” as it reports progress in averting teachers strike

K-12 DIVE

Report: Attention to K-12 cybersecurity grows in nearly 100 bills introduced in 2020

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Public weighs in on racial justice recommendations for Minnesota schools

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Thanks this week to paraprofessionals

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Teaching: Speaking out against the stigma of attending an Alternative Learning Center

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Teens making a difference recognized by national scholar group

Teaching: Another first day of school

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Administration: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton superintendent search down to three finalists

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Program prepares students for health care careers

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Buildings: ECFE settles in at Parkside

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: Rochester educators experience sluggish vaccination rollout



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Board: Lakeville Area to stop recording work sessions

Column: Schools need new ideas, not more goals

Editorial: Skepticism expected on Walz education plan

Safety: Court orders Minneapolis to accept teachers work-from-home accommodation requests

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Community: Barber offers free back-to-school kids cuts

Teaching: Push to reopen schools could leave out millions of students

Teaching: Long wait to reopen St. Paul schools ends today

MPR

Safety: Bloomington shutters classrooms again after bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

CHALKBEAT

Learning: Most U.S. school districts have not detailed plans to return high school students to in-person learning

FOX 9

Court: Judge rules Minneapolis School District can’t force teachers to return to in-person classes

K-12 DIVE

Report: As many as 12 million U.S. students remain disconnected in digital divide

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Safety: Student safety at school

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Health: Lakewood Health pledges commitment for Staples-Motley

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Teaching: Cloquet teachers, students bring lessons from virtual classes back to school

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: High school unveils rolling restart

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Funding: Donation funds community room at new high school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Community: New London-Spicer students create their own Polar Plunge for Special Olympics