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May 2019

FRIDAY, MAY 17

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Referendum: Voters say yes to $539 million in school upgrades

Politics: Budget talks break off between Governor, legislative leaders

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Video shows fourth-grader narrowly missed being hit by motorist who ignored bus stop arm

Curriculum: Mounds View teens’ science project is on the Space Station

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Lawmakers, governor quiet as budget negotiations continue — and deadline draws near

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Safety: U.S. schools turn to technology to guard against shootings

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: School bus driver removed from route for having alcohol in her system

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Awards: Brainerd teacher among 59 educators honored

Technology: Brainerd School Board approves purchase of Chromebooks

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: Owatonna schools continue to build connections with Japanese educators

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Funding: Retiring music teachers talk budget cuts

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Students get trucking

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area chooses new superintendent from Pine City



THURSDAY, MAY 16

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Graduation: Minnesota attorney general says schools can’t withhold diplomas because of unpaid lunch debt

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Facilities: West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area seeks names for new Sibley High School athletic field

MPR

Graduation: Minnesota attorney general says schools must allow students to graduate despite lunch debt

Politics: Talks over state budget stretch on as adjournment approaches

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Politics: STEM bill heads to U.S. Senate floor

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: School board digs deeps into career and technical education, harassment

Crookston: High school student part of legislative page program

Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia: Voters pass school referendum

Frazee-Vergas: School district voters say no to bond referendum

St. Peter: School district adds American Indian, special education advisory councils to better serve diverse community

St. Peter: School board taps former superintendent Jeff Olson for one-year interim position

Worthington: Funding for multiple projects tops meeting agendas

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Voters say no to bond referendum

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Project: Austin 4-H students take reins in research of E.coli

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Program: Bemidji Area offers summer food service program

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Court: Lawsuit alleges racial discrimination at charter school

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Judge could decide as late as September whether lawsuit will need a jury trial

Negotiations: Winona Area gives administrators 3 percent raise in new contract



WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Planning: Parents protest at Minneapolis School Board meeting

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Referendum: North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale voters approve school construction plan

MPR

Audio: A conversation with MPR’s education reporter

Politics: Four issues keeping DFL, GOP from a deal at the Capitol

MINNPOST

Higher education: How bad is Minnesota’s student-debt situation?

CBS DULUTH

Referendum: Voters in Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia pass referendum to combine schools

KTTC

Referendum: Zumbrota-Mazeppa referendum fails

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Referendum: Eden Prairie voters approve school project

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Evelth-Gilbert and Virginia: Voters pass school referendum

Moose Lake: School district’s two-tiered referendum fails

Round Lake-Brewster: Voters approve school addition

Wrenshall: School district referendum fails

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Pillager School District voters approve both referendum questions

Referendum: Pine River-Backus referendum shot down by voters

Referendum: Both Staples-Motley referendum questions fail

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Policy: New Duluth School District policy to require preliminary background checks before start date

Referendums: School referendums pass on the Iron Range, fail in Carlton County

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Personnel: Fairmont Area honors 25-year staff members

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Jeff Olson returning to St. Peter superintendent position

Health: Student PSA warns of vaping risks

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Marshall School District referendum approved

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: Vote for new Owatonna High School narrowly fails

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: MACCRAY School District to bring referendum on single campus

Facilities: Clara City Economic Development Authority offers to build auditorium for MACCRAY

Program: Schools, industry partner to train students to obtain commercial driver’s license



TUESDAY, MAY 14

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Gov. Walz orders flags at half-staff on May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Policy: South St. Paul School Board votes to allow students to wear sashes at graduation

Politics: Minnesota budget dispute endgame — what you need to know

MPR

Politics: Capitol budget talks break down

MINNPOST

Higher education: How bad is Minnesota’s student-debt situation?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Republicans, DFL make counteroffers but budget negotiations stall

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Big Lake: District receives school finance award

Chatfield: Administrators report to school board on end-of the-year activities

Kingsland: District to expand life skills program

Park Rapids Area and Menahga: Community input sought for possible football pairing

Royalton: School district looks at making Wednesdays early out or late start

Rushford-Peterson: Longtime teacher retiring this year

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Board: Two citizens seeking spot on Blue Earth Area School Board

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Marshall School District referendum set for today

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Program: Assisted living residents visit school as part of community outreach program

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Facilities: Voting is open to decide name of new Sartell-St. Stephen intermediate school

Facilities: Sauk Rapids-Rice looks to replace fire-damaged elementary school classrooms

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Program: REACH program helps Winona students with career paths



MONDAY, MAY 13

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Licensure: Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board office moving to new location

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Minneapolis high school principal resigns to take assistant superintendent job at Roseville Area

Enrollment: Minnetonka School District’s courting of nonresident students continues to fuel tension

Opinion: Legislators have responsibility to keep schools safe

Personnel: St. Paul school staff member on leave after using racial slur in video

Politics: Gov. Walz, legislators fail to make deal, remain $2 billion apart

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Personnel: St. Paul teacher on leave after using racial slur

Politics: Lawmakers’ budget differences are about more than just numbers

Safety: Minnesota Board of School Administrators official says bullying is a growing issue

MPR

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers have one week left — and a lot to do

SESSION DAILY

Politics: A week to go and still no state budget deal between DFL, Republican leaders

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Analysis: Most school districts have adopted the same approach for safety during shootings

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Technology: Student-run tech support helps schools and teachers

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Report: The high stakes of deepening school segregation

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Referendum: Eden Prairie School District referendum set for May 14

Referendum: North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale bond goes to vote on May 14

Referendum: North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District seeks bond approval

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Crookston: School board member resigning due to move

Frazee-Vergas: Superintendent answers questions about referendum

Round Lake-Brewster: Referendum set for May 14

Red Wing: Learn and Earn program brings students and manufacturers together

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Project: Austin School District’s Lunch Tray Program feeds hungry students, promotes healthy life

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: State official says bullying problem is rising across Minnesota

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendums: Pillager, Pine River-Backus and Staples-Motley referendums go to vote on May 14

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Community: Fairmont High School students ready to offer help around town

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area School Board picks three finalists for superintendent

Election: Special election for Winona Area School Board moves forward



FRIDAY, MAY 10

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Graduation: Officials push for law to keep students from being denied diplomas over school lunch debts

Discipline: St. Paul staff member on leave after using racial slur in video

Editorial: St. Paul mutes talk of charter school moratorium

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Budget differences are more than about just numbers

MINNPOST

Funding: School officials plead with lawmakers to fix special education cross-subsidy

PBS NEWSHOUR

Report: Why retired teachers struggle to make ends meet

SESSION DAILY

Higher education: Four University of Minnesota regents chosen by joint House-Senate convention

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: Florida governor signs law expanding program to allow teachers to carry firearms

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Diversity: Activities director begins work on culture change for district sports

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Graduation: Bemidji American Indian seniors recognized

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Safety: Police arrest juvenile following lockdown of Hibbing schools

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Granada-Huntley-East Chain hires new superintendent

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Awards: School earns honors for behavior interventions

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Extracurricular: Board hears update on student activities

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: Students gain exposure to manufacturing, engineering

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Awards: Cold Spring principal honored



THURSDAY, MAY 9

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Roseville paid $115,000 to principal who resigned

Editorial: Another week, another school attack

EDUCATION WEEK

Court: U.S. Education Department to appeal decision on special education bias rule

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Bruce Miller named next principal of Rosemount-Apple Valey-Eagan’s Eastview High School

Administration: Michael Bolsoni chosen to oversee Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan middle and high school

Event: Free bike give away serves Fridley School District families

Honors: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District earns national award for budget transparency

Program: Robbinsdale Armstrong High School students implement recycling program

Safety: Safe Routes to School plan for Elk River Area’s Zimmerman schools to be released after months of input

Safety: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan elementary school adds bike safety to physical education

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Blooming Prairie superintendent readies for retirement

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Weather: Snow delays area schools

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Curriculum: Superintendent looks at On the Job training possibilities for students

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Politics: St. Cloud school funding hangs in the balance at Capitol

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: MACCRAY considers new bond referendum



WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Awards: Two students selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars

Column: Strengthen, clarify the teaching of civics in high schools

Shooting: Students kill classmate, injure eight at school near Columbine

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Community: Melania Trump honors Farmington robotics team

EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: U.S. House budget would boost Education Department spending by $4.4 billion

THE DENVER POST

Shooting: One dead, eight injured in Colorado school shooting

THE JOURNAL

Teaching: National Council On Teacher Quality releases action guide on teacher prep programs

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: House Democrats propose cuts to federal charter school funding

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Big Lake: Superintendent updates school board on legislative session

Blue Earth Area: School board advertising open seat

Fillmore Central: School board updated on technology improvements

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: Project bids come in higher than expected

Marshall: Board approves second-story addition to high school

Morris Area: Robotics team’s solar panel project almost ready

Nevis: District dealing with bullying

Park Rapids Area: Superintendent responds to bullying concerns

Red Wing: District to begin search for new activities director

Red Wing: Construction set to begin on elementary school

Sleepy Eye: On the job training program wraps up for another school year

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: District holds listening session to inform voters of referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Safety: Southwest Middle School celebrates end of the year with No Bully program

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Technology: Southland VEX teams represent district on world stage

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Teaching: Bemidji Area teacher named Minnesota substitute teacher of the year

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Insurance: Fairmont Area switches insurance plan to PEIP

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Schedule: Faribault School Board wants to press ahead with seven-period day

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Safety: Warren-Alvarado-Oslo bus driver’s quick thinking avoids crash

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Funding: Educare awards $57,000 to support schools

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop looks at facilities options

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Pre-K: Owatonna School Board hears updates on early childhood education progress

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area picks six candidates for superintendent position



TUESDAY, MAY 7

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz, GOP fail to meet self-imposed deadline for budget targets

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Former teacher can take retaliation case to trial

Teaching: Hastings teacher retires from classroom, but not teaching

MPR

Health: Using boxing to help reduce behavior problems

Teaching: Meet Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year

SESSION DAILY

Politics: An amicable start to E-12 education finance conference committee discussions

THE JOURNAL

Report: Career planning needs to start in middle school

REUTERS

Study: Transgender teens face higher sexual assault risk when schools restrict bathrooms

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Enrollment: Albert Lea Area School Board approves boundary shifts

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Awards: TrekNorth, Bemidji among area’s best high schools

Teaching: Bemidji Area teacher named Minnesota substitute teacher of the year

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Buildings: Committee says Mankato will need more school buildings

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Buildings: Security bid approved for two Marshall school sites

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: School Nurse Appreciation Day is Wednesday

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Curriculum: First-graders explore different type of mortars



MONDAY, MAY 6

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: House-Senate education conference committee gets to work today

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Awards: Minnesota Teacher of the Year says every voice matters

Editorial: Minnesota needs a realistic middle ground on school funding

Finance: Ibrahima Diop untangles Minneapolis schools budget

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: Boston picks former state commissioner as superintendent

Technology: Farmington robotics team presents a student with a wheelchair at the White House

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: A sports complex update

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: Students pitch in for new ALC facility

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Data: Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus graduation rates rise

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: After Al Franken’s call out, books pour into Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig high school library

Election: David Kirby seeks re-election to board

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: ProStart offers opportunities at high school

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Politics: Legislature uncertain on future of voluntary pre-K funds

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: St. Cloud Area school leadership changes coming



FRIDAY, MAY 3

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Contact Sen. Paul Gazelka about school funding

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Honors: Northfield charter school student wins national poetry competition

Opinion: E-12 education funding in Minnesota must keep up with demands and costs

Opinion: For too many, school choice doesn’t work

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Court: St. Paul School District pays settlement after complaints about facilities director

MINNPOST

Politics: As legislative leaders meet to hash out spending targets, House and Senate remain miles apart on budget bills

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Pace quickens for legislative session with “aggressive” conference committee schedule

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Mountain Lake: School board approves bids

Pillager and Wadena-Deer Creek: Sourcewell partners with organization to offer RIPL training to regional schools

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Policy: Bemidji Area considers a more refined code of conduct

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Data: Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus graduation rates rise

Honors: Pierz elementary school wins reading award

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Safety: Moorhead High School and police raise awareness about impaired driving

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Six area school districts to welcome new superintendents

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Facilities: Partnerships sought in advancing Breckenridge recreation and event center

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Program: Minnesota author spends three days at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City conducting writing workshops

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area superintendent candidates to begin interviews next week

Grant: La Crescent-Hokah School District will receive Safe Routes to School grant

Program: New La Crescent-Hokah club paves the path for students to “change the world”



THURSDAY, MAY 2

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Contact Sen. Paul Gazelka about school funding

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Minnesota Senate Republicans counter House DFL plan on school spending

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: Boston picks former state education commissioner Brenda Cassellius for superintendent

MPR

Community: Group forms to protect St. Paul kids from effects of homelessness

THE BOSTON HERALD

Administration: Boston Public Schools select former Minnesota education commissioner as its next superintendent

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Negotiations: Teachers in North Carolina and South Carolina protest low pay

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Administration: Albert Lea Area deputy superintendent to return to Austin

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Absentee ballots available for Pine River-Backus bond referendum

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Policy: Minnesota education commissioner advocates for allowing American Indian regalia at graduations

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board chooses next superintendent

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Head of St. Peter School District chosen as Mankato Area’s next superintendent

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Referendum: Zumbrota-Mazeppa voters to decide $49 million referendum on May 14



WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Choice: St. Paul avoids tough talk about charter school competition

Teaching: Minnesota Teacher of the Year boycotts White House visit

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Administration: Albert Lea Area deputy superintendent to return to Austin

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area athletic director moves on

Administration: St. Peter superintendent ready to have broader impact

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: A different approach

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: $22 million pledge is dependent on yes vote

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: Sartell High School should be ready by summer

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Montevideo considers $90 million in school upgrades

April 2019

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Awards: Wayzata wins National Science Bowl

Editorial: Be wary of efforts to put limits on charter school growth

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Community: Hmong American Partnership plans two centers, high school

Higher education: Minnesota Democrats want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrant students

MPR

Curriculum: The debate over homework

THE JOURNAL

Curriculum: Drone training company completes pilot of new curriculum

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Report: Average teacher pay fell over past decade

Testing: Girls outscore boys on NAEP in STEM subjects

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Fillmore Central: District gets technology upgrades

Hancock: School district officially hires superintendent, takes other staff action

Kingsland: School board adjusts workdays, construction

Lake City: School district receives grants for safer routes to school

Lanesboro: School board hears committee reports

Lanesboro: District thanks family for donation

Little Falls: School district adjusts schedule while bridge is closed

Mabel-Canton: School board accepting applications to fill vacancy

Morris Area: School board approves superintendent’s contract

Spring Grove: School board counts snow day as instructional day as allowed by relief bill

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Internal candidate first to interview for superintendent job

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Buildings: Owatonna school officials answer questions about the high school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Superintendent talks about graduation rates

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Awards: Winona Area receives school finance award



MONDAY, APRIL 29

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Facilities: With addition, Minnesota will lose its last public one-room school

Honors: Edina High School robotics team wins national award in Detroit

Petition: Parents angered by incidents at Eastern Carver County School District

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Admnistration: St. Paul School District’s three largest schools to get new principals after flood of retirements

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Crookston: School district holds community input strategic planning session

Redwood Area: High school student awarded $3,000 MSBA Student School Board Member Scholarship

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: School choice coalition looks to rebrand

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Calendar: Flurry of e-learning days provides opportunity for edits to snow day workload

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Program: Math Masters brings students together for competition

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Personnel: Pelican Rapids coach accused of misconduct resigns

Policy: Flag shirt stirs rumor mill in Bemidji Area

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Project: Pine River-Backus’ major school solar project slated for completion with six solar arrays

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Marshall referendum meeting, tours to be held at elementary school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Community: Can you be a tutor for Rochester schools?

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Equity: Equity department serves St. Cloud Area School District’s growing diversity



FRIDAY, APRIL 26

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Minnesota House passes education omnibus bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Long hours take toll at the Capitol

Editorial: Celebrating graduation rates in Minnesota with a caveat

MPR

Curriculum: School is immersing students in both Dakota and Ojibwe

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Community: Listening session brings up concerns on boundary changes

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Graduation: Austin sees progress on graduation rates

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Budget: Technology, art teachers are concerns for student

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Community: Tutors needed at Moorhead schools

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Calendar: Opinions mixed, but board keeps June 5 as final school day

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Safety: Mankato, Blue Earth receive Safe Routes to School grants

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Technology: New Ulm moves toward 1:1 student device goal

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Community: Can you be a tutor for Rochester schools?

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Buildings: Winona drops deed restrictions from three former schools



THURSDAY, APRIL 25

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Minnesota House passes education omnibus bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Unions: Campaign puts public-sector unions in its crosshairs

FOX 9

Compensation: Some school workers say they were shortchanged despite snow day relief

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Laporte outlines $252,000 in budget cuts

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Hiring: Student, staff efforts to keep untenured teacher fall short

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Calendar: Students won’t make up snow days

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area narrows superintendent candidates to three

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Safety: False alarm puts Lynd school in lockdown

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Graduation: New Ulm graduation rate at 94.9 percent

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Rochester graduation rates improving

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Curriculum: Rice Elementary becomes world school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Safety: Local schools share in Safe Routes to school grants



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Budget: St. Paul School District weighing hard choices on budget

Data: Minnesota graduation rate hits new record

Politics: Minnesota House passed education budget increase, setting up clash with Senate

MINNPOST

Data: Minnesota graduation rates up, disparities remain

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House gives passing grade to omnibus education bill with $900 million in new investments

THE HILL

Opinion: An inaccurate census count jeopardizes educational opportunities

Politics: Florida Senate approves bill allowing armed teachers

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Curriculum: Upstream Arts uplifts special needs students at Farmington Area middle school

Data: Hastings School District’s graduation rate at highest point in five years

Facilities: Single high school, new elementary school possible answer to White Bear Lake Area’s growing enrollment

Facilities: Several White Bear Lake Area schools will receive new roofs this year

Program: New class at Centennial builds bridge between early learning and elementary school

Program: Wayzata High School launches business immersion program for staff

Technology: Mounds View student creates virtual reality goggles for MRI scans

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: School district says hello to new principal, goodbye to another

Crookston: Committee to discuss future of extracurricular offerings

Crookston: Staff member’s retirement making return of dean of students possible at high school

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Data: Graduation rates climb at Bemidji Area

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Calendar: Brainerd students will not make up April snow day

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth School Board approves debt refinancing plan

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Data: Graduation rates peak at Mankato Area and St. Peter school districts

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Facilities: Group seeking to reopen Rollingstone school will approach Winona Area School Board



TUESDAY, APRIL 23

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Activities: Boys can join girls on Minnesota high school competitive dance teams

Policy: South St. Paul students lobby to wear ethnic-pride sashes at graduation

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Data: Minnesota high school graduate rate ticks up

MPR

Data: Minnesota high school graduation rate continues to increase

MINNPOST

Politics: Why the Minnesota Legislature loves/hates massive omnibus bills

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Data: Minnesota’s graduation rates continue to climb

THE HECHNIGER REPORT

Analysis: For some school districts, bonds may prove costly

Analysis: Most public high school students lack quality college counseling

Budget: School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

Report: Districts across country struggle to maintain facilities amid funding challenges

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Crookston: Plenty of staff issues in play

Jackson County Central: School board announces six superintendent candidates

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Feature: Teaching the gifted at Albert Lea Area

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area School Board selects superintendent candidates



MONDAY, APRIL 22

MPR

Curriculum: Most teachers don’t teach climate change — four in five parents wish they did

Safety: How effective are school lockdown drills?

Study: Homelessness in high school bodes ill for college

Remembrance: On 20th anniversary of shooting, Columbine honors 13 people lost with community service, ceremony

MINNPOST

Politics: A lot of Minnesota lawmakers agree on the need to recruit and retain teachers of color — there’s a lot less agreement on how much the state should spend on it

EDUCATION WEEK

Safety: K-12 cybersecurity lessons learned from “constant barrage of attacks”

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Grand Rapids: Community invited to groundbreaking ceremonies

Rushford-Peterson: Board discusses building issues, HVED facilities study

Sleepy Eye: Board makes quick work of April meeting

St. Peter: School district looks to replace Tier 1 teachers

Swanville: Construction of new Mid-State Education District building is underway

Waseca: School board fills two vacant seats

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Personnel: Albert Lea Area interim activities director selected to stay in position

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Facilities: Projects, elections and snow days are the subject of Austin School Board meeting

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Teaching: Educators tout benefit of national board certification; studies show improved learning

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Calendar: Pequot Lakes School Board opts to not add school days

Calendar: Pine River-Backus School Board takes advantage of snow day legislation

Personnel: Brainerd High School students petition to keep English teacher

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Boundaries: Duluth School District considering boundary changes

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Construction trades growing at Fairmont High School

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Program: Construction trades academy open to Minnesota and North Dakota students

Teaching: Education commissioner supports national certification for teachers

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Funding: Education commissioner hears Willmar’s concerns about special education, prekindergarten



FRIDAY, APRIL 19

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board picks next superintendent

Community: St. Paul police seeking public’s help in finding 17-year-old boy

Discipline: Anoka-Hennepin parents rally for Ramsey Elementary School teachers

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: St. Paul school administrator named Burnsville-Eagan-Savage superintendent

THE ATLANTIC

Commentary: Segregation is preventable — Congress just isn’t trying

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: District must bid safety grant funds by June 30

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Despite cuts, school district’s future looks bright

Barnum: District officials discuss leasing school bus

Benson: School board makes cuts from budget

Carlton: School board votes to not renew four teacher contracts

Cloquet: Teacher leads push to enroll in DNR program

Cloquet: High school chemistry room gets upgrade

Detroit Lakes: Former Detroit Lakes teacher, Frazee-Vergas superintendent honored with state award

Ely: District considers enrollment, survey in school project

Glencoe-Silver Lake: School board OKs abatement bonds parking lot project

Jackson County Central: Six candidates still in the running for superintendent position

Lake Superior: School board considers possible cuts

Minnewaska Area: Students look to help those in need

Moose Lake: School district seeks referendum to “complete campus”

Moose Lake: School board approves budget cuts

Moose Lake: District launches website on referendum

Red Rock Central: School board selects new superintendent

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Weather: Local districts decide to not add school days

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Personnel: Martin County West School Board hires teachers

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Program: Pen pal program bridges generations

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area makes budget cuts

Crime: Winona Middle School student arrested after threats of school shooting



THURSDAY, APRIL 18

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Grant: Apply for Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program by June 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Safety: Seven-year-old brings loaded handgun to school

Safety: Teen is suspect in fatal stabbing at Grand Rapids playground

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: Former education commissioner a finalist in Michigan, Boston

MPR

Curriculum: How to make high school more interesting

MINNPOST

Funding: Comparing the DFL, GOP and Walz education budgets

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: U.S. education secretary promotes school choice

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Alexandria: School district goes high tech on its buses

Big Lake: Elementary school participates in 3D printer project

Blue Earth Area: School board makes budget cuts

Fillmore Central: School board approves 2019-2020 calendar

Kingsland: School district may have its own childhood special education program

Laporte: District has unique, integrated American Indian education program

Morris Area: School board selects new superintendent

Nevis: School district plans American Indian student recount

Park Rapids Area: School board agrees to do facility assessment

Red Wing: School lunch prices to increase

Staples-Motley: Community divided on referendum

Westbrook-Walnut Grove: New technology detects vaping, bullying in schools

Worthington: School board gives early consideration to 2020 levy

Worthington: Board puts brakes on high school addition

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Buildings: Southland in design phase for renovation project

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: School goes into soft lockdown as police investigate shooting complaint

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Education commissioner says she’s exhilarated every day for work

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Editorial: What will become of new school funding?

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Choice: Construction trades academy open to area teens

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Curriculum: Mankato Area to offer agriculture pathway

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Safety: Board told that active shooter training is a life skill for students

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Budget: Understanding the property tax levy for school districts

Video: Chatfield’s Rube Goldberg machine

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: What will the Winona Area School District cut?



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Grant: Apply for Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program by June 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Accident: Students hurt after SUV hits school bus in Brooklyn Park

Safety: Columbine threat by woman with gun shuts Denver-area schools

Funding: Hastings gets $100,000 gift to repair damaged soccer fields

THE WASHINGTON POST

Safety: Study concludes efforts to harden schools have not been effective

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth working toward balanced budget

Policy: Duluth discusses changes to background policy

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Funding: Inadequate funding could mean another $1.9 million in cuts

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Curriculum: Career, technical programs showcased during commissioner’s visit to New Ulm

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Funding: Commissioner talks education funding

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Funding: State education chief in New Ulm

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Extracurricular: Robotics team gives demonstration to school board

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Politics: Klobuchar staff to discuss workforce training



TUESDAY, APRIL 16

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Feature: Rare one-room Minneapolis school keeps kids learning as they battle grave illness

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Personnel: St. Paul superintendent scales back after teachers criticize plan for 70 new “learning leads”

MPR

Report: Rediscovering apprenticeships is old idea in new economy

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Film: KARE 11 to debut documentary about Minneapolis elementary school on April 13

THE JOURNAL

Technology: Study finds teachers use classroom technology for different purposes

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Boundaries: Albert Lea Area continues discussion on overcrowding at elementary school

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area School Board approves initial staffing cuts to deal with shortfall

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Politics: Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Tina Smith help introduce bill to increase special education funding

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Visit: Education commissioner praises Fairmont Area schools

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Elections: Lynd School District moving board elections to even years

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board OKs budget cuts

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Visit: Owatonna Middle School hosts education commissioner

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Budget: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board approves cuts that save Academic Extensions position, cut classroom teachers

Facilities: Community to vote on new name for Sartell-St. Stephen intermediate school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Politics: Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s staff to discuss workforce training in Willmar

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Appellate court denies group’s appeal of Winona Area school closures

Personnel: Winona Area School Board discusses transportation coordinator position



MONDAY, APRIL 15

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Education commissioner to host listening tour April 15-18 for governor’s education budget

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Choice: St. Paul officials debate ways to rein in growing charter schools

Editorial: Minnesota is a laggard in raising tobacco age to 21

Safety: Students protest decision to lock school bathrooms to curb vaping, vandalism

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Calendar: St. Paul won’t reschedule days lost to snow, cold

Funding: Legislators start education funding negotiations nearly a billion dollars apart

Safety: Middle school students fly home without their teacher

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Updates underway for sports complex

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Health: How Austin schools makes sure no child goes hungry

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Environment: Schools saving more than expected with solar panels

Funding: Minnesota GOP and DFL nearly a billion dollars apart on education spending

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Buildings: Recent acquisitions crucial for Moorhead Area achieving its planning goals

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Parents: Parent educator presents tips, resources to help children learn self-control

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Technology: Students explore virtual escape room



FRIDAY, APRIL 12

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Senate E-12 Finance and Policy Omnibus Bill introduced

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Discipline: Former Minneapolis teacher could lose license

Safety: Teacher says American Airlines bumped him from a flight with 16 middle-school students

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board selects three superintendent finalists

Advocacy: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan keeping busy during legislative session

Budget: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approves capital expenditure budget

Discipline: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage middle school administrators say behavior, school climate on upswing

Facilities: Outdoor classroom in the works at Rosemount High School

Honors: Prior Lake-Savage Area superintendent named administrator of excellence

Partnership: Shakopee High School partnering with bank on financial literacy academy

Project: Prior Lake student mappers ready for statewide contest

Referendum: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage looks to November levy referendum

Referendum: Eden Prairie School District officials field questions about upcoming referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

STEM: All-female coding club provides space for Albert Lea Area middle school students to explore STEM technology

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Health: Austin High School student diagnosed with tuberculosis

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Diversity: Ojibwe storyteller regales Bemidji students

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: After referendum defeat, Floodwood School District to look at major cuts

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Granada-Huntley-East Chain pursues new leadership

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Politics: North Dakota governor signs bill for “armed first responder” in schools



THURSDAY, APRIL 11

STAR TRIBUNE

Weather: Storm disrupts travel, closes schools

Safety: Duluth man charged with threatening violence in schools

EDUCATION WEEK

Study: Achievement gap between rich and poor is unchanged after 50 years

SURBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Rosemount High School principal reflects on time with school district

Budget: Eden Prairie School Board hears review of capital budget

Budget: Forest Lake Area School Board sets priorities for new levy dollars

Facilities: Columbia Heights School Board reviews summer projects

Facilities: Hastings School Board accepts bid for middle school work, receives update on district’s finances

Group: Parent group forms at Centennial School District to aid in “dyslexia journey”

Health: Mahtomedi Middle School students promote mental health awareness

Program: Centennial School District’s Future Problem Solving program teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Schedule: Farmington Area School Board discusses school start times

Visit: Mental health, special education highlighted during education commissioner’s visit

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Braham Area: Foundation supports students with spring grants

Pierz: School officials learn about problems with diesel bus fleet

Royalton: School board learns about local Reading is Fundamental program

Upsala Area: School board revises weather-related makeup days

Upsala Area: Superintendent named 2019 administrator of excellence

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Most area schools cancel classes

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendum: What’s next for Austin School District after failed bond referendum?

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Brainerd School Board acquires property

Project: Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes superintendents say solar savings may be higher than estimated

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Honors: Marshall High School band director named Minnesota’s music educator of the year



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

STAR TRIBUNE

Health: St. Paul School Board hears pitch to raise tobacco age

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Administration: Former education commissioner applies for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage superintendent position

MINNPOST

Politics: Should Minnesota grade its schools?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House committee OKs nearly $1 billion omnibus state government finance bill

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Floodwood: Referendum comes up 16 votes short

Kenyon-Wanamingo: Superintendent named administrator of excellence

Pipestone Area: Voters approve bond for new school, safety improvements

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Referendum: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva voters pass referendum for upgrades

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendum: Austin voters turn down school district’s bond referendum

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area weighs staffing cut

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Brainerd School Board awards contracts for projects

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Crime: Man charged with school threats

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Budget: Blue Earth Area School Board approves budget reductions

Calendar: Snow days decision pending at Fairmont Area

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Referendum: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva voters pass referendum for building improvements

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Incoming Winona Area School Board member welcomes the work of tough decisions ahead

Budget: Winona Area inches closer to decision on budget cuts

Referendum: La Crescent-Hokah voters approve new elementary school; maintenance proposal shot down



TUESDAY, APRIL 9

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: 3 Percent and 2 Percent — How Does Your District Do?

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Nine named as finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

MPR

Politics: House Democrats seek tax increase to pay for education and health care

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House Ways and Means Committee combines three omnibus bills to start busy week, approves omnibus education finance bill

Politics: State government finance bill includes nearly $1 billion in spending, many elections changes

EDUCATION WEEK

Study: Analysis suggests career and technical education likely to emerge as substantial education reform movement

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: Superintendent recognized for excellence in public education

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendum: School bond vote is today

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Absentee ballots ready for Pine River-Backus vote

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Chisholm teachers’ contract ratified

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Buildings: Moorhead approves purchase of Sam’s Club site for career and tech academy

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Calendar: Despite legislative pardon, some school districts still holding snow makeup days

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Community: Marshall PTA needs more volunteers to keep operating

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Diversity: Rochester updates Minnesota Department of Human Rights plan

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Budget: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board votes down budget cut proposal

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Referendum: La Crescent-Hokah bond referendum is today



MONDAY, APRIL 8

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: New law breaking down student ethnic data triggers battle among parents

Editorial: Minnesota takes the lead on special education

Politics: DFL bill aims to rein in teacher licensing changes

Safety: GeoComm helps dispatchers track emergency calls from schools

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Teachers are important

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendum: Will voters say yes or no to $24.8 million bond?

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Awards: Lakeview superintendent receives state award

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Curriculum: New Ulm High School students learn about law in court

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Budget: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board to consider budget cuts

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Feature: Struggles with loss shape future of Mabel-Canton student



FRIDAY, APRIL 5

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Film: Documentary chronicles Minneapolis school, shines spotlight on students

MPR

Court: Attorneys general sue Trump administration over school nutrition rollbacks

MINNPOST

Higher education: House DFL’s budget raises higher education funding to encourage tuition freezes

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House committee OKs omnibus education finance bill

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Behavior: CLIMB Theatre teaches self-control with superheroes

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: No agriculture classes being lost at Martin County West

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Health: More youths addicted to the vaping buzz

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Curriculum: New Ulm High School students learn about law in court

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Transaction: St. Cloud Area School Board OKs sale of vacant lot

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area School Board mulls superintendent’s recommendations for budget cut



THURSDAY, APRIL 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz tells Minnesotans’ stories at State of the State

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Gov. Walz delivers first State of the State

KSTP

Court: Minnesota among six state suing U.S. Department of Agriculture over school lunches

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Gov. Walz urges compromise in first State of the State address

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER

Politics: North Carolina bill would give teachers $400 for classroom supplies

THE JOURNAL

Diversity: Report cites lack of diversity in K-12 technology leadership

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: Reports to aid in tracking school district’s financial trends

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Board discusses loss of staff for fall school year

Benson: School board makes difficult budget cuts

Cambridge-Isanti: Program provides mentorship for ninth-graders, leadership opportunities for upperclassmen

Cloquet: Renovated high school auditorium opens

Crookston: School board non-renews teacher’s contract

Eden Valley-Watkins: Board approves bond sale

Edgerton and Pipestone Area: Districts to receive extra funding to help reduce achievement gap

McGregor: Superintendent says school district is well-equipped in technology

Montevideo: High school students volunteer to help with flooding

Pipestone Area: April 9 is election day for referendum

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton: Board selects site for new school

Wadena-Deer Creek: Board approves more projects in elementary school remodel

Wadena-Deer Creek: Cyber Café board presents $39,000 donation to scholarship fund

Willow River: Board discusses school improvements and renovations

Wrenshall: School district relying on open enrollment

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: School board to discuss budget

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Election set for Pillager School District referendum

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Transportation: Marshall School District says bus service is still on

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva voters to decide on bond referendum in special election

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Transaction: St. Cloud Area School Board OKs sale of vacant lot



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: St. Paul moves to loosen rules on bars near schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Former Lakeville principal pleads guilty to several crimes

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Blue Earth Area: School board selects new superintendent

Cannon Falls Area: Board to offer superintendent job to Southland superintendent

Ely: School district begins search for part-time superintendent

Hancock: High school nominated for National Blue Ribbon School program

Kingsland: Board approves 2019-2020 calendar

Lanesboro: Board updated on upcoming construction project

Lester Prairie: School board conducting superintendent search through MSBA

Menahga: School addition is roughly 40 percent complete

Morris Area: School board search committee selects superintendent finalists

Nevis: School district’s weather-related costs climbing

Rushford-Peterson: District waits on new deadline for facility sale

Sleepy Eye: School board approves all-day, every-day kindergarten

Spring Grove: Board contemplates school-age care

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Facilities: Work on school continues

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Graduation: Fairmont woman to be first student to graduate from high school as a registered nurse

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Safety: No threat found after Waubun lockdown

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Safety: Medford placed on lockdown after threat

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Safety: Waubun High School students safe after school placed on lockdown

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Community: Businesses open doors to help students choose careers

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Buildings: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop task force favors new school

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: School gains support from Chamber

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Diversity: Native American students undercounted, parents say

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Safety: Nothing found after bomb threat at Kimball school

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Citizens come back to bat for the arts at Winona budget cuts listening session

Program: Winona High School students tour Winona Health through Chamber’s REACH program



TUESDAY, APRIL 2

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: House education finance omnibus bill introduced

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz signs "snow day relief" bill

Editorial: City, schools believe stable housing is key to student learning

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Court: Ethnic charter schools seek judge's protection in desegregation lawsuit

Politics: Gov. Walz signs bill giving schools a pass on snow day makeups

MPR

Politics: Snow days? More like "no" days under new law

MINNPOST

Politics: Does the 2019 legislative session have the makings of a state government shutdown?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Omnibus education finance bill proposes $900 million in added investments

Politics: Rep. Heather Edelson looks to keep cursive handwriting alive in elementary schools

WTVR-TV

Community: Farmington High School robotics team builds custom wheelchair for 2-year-old who cant't walk

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Facilities: Crowded elementary school has Albert Lea Area School Board evaluating options

Funding: Low federal funding for special education hits Albert Lea Area School District harder than some

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Safety: Safe Routes to School is ready for spring

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Online survey shows support for Marshall School District referendum

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Budget: Winona Area School Board hears from public on budget cuts

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area School Board split on budget cuts

Health: Winona Area Learning Center students take on practive of yoga

Technology: Technology helps Winona Middle School students better understand the world



MONDAY, APRIL 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: Former Shakopee superintendent to serve two years in prison

Curriculum: Teacher, students share lessons in battling Park Board

Extracurricular: Blaine eighth-grader wins state geography bee

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Technology: Mom’s computer game helps students with disabilities

MPR

Safety: Current school safety measures aren’t enough to prevent shootings

MINNPOST

Funding: Special education shortfalls strain Minnesota districts

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: Why the April 9 special election matters

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Red Lake students take part in traditional way to tap trees

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Health: Fairmont school nurses say vaccines are essential

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Teaching: Social studies teacher finds inspiration in trip to nation’s capital

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Petition: Greenbush Middle River School Board rejects property owners’ request to shift tax base to another district

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Diversity: Growing diversity brings funding for integration, opportunity

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: Vote No group comes out against Owatonna bond referendum

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Enrollment: Destination Medical Center drives school growth

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Politics: Education issues take center stage at Rep. Dan Wolgamott’s town hall meeting

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Curriculum: Winona Adult Learning Center tasked with trying to increase graduation rates

March 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Calendar: Lawmakers approve snow-day relief for schools

Politics: Wisconsin’s voucher/choice program found to divert $193 million from public schools

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Diversity: High school installs QR codes so people can hear Ojibwe language on signs

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: Pine River-Backus conference to focus on opioids and helping parents deal with the challenge

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Gronseth to step down as Duluth superintendent

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Politics: New bill, if passed, could mean Faribault qualifies for universal breakfast

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Buildings: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton chooses new school site

Budget: Board OKs budget revision

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Funding: Mini-grants make major impact in schools

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Staff propose possible budget cuts



THURSDAY, MARCH 28

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: St. Cloud student mentor charged with rape

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Legislature to consider relaxing snow day makeup rule

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School districts could receive a boost in general education revenue

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Perham: Community provides input for upcoming strategic plan

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Diversity: Celebrating cultures

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Weather: How cold is too cold to play outside?

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Chisholm working on contract resolution

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Buildings: Schools updated on maintenance needs

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Curriculum: Students plan to establish pollinator garden

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Funding: Without state funding, 45 pre-k seats are at risk

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: Equity for all students tops the priority list for EL coordinator

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Referendum: Bond update video



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: State wants to intervene in transgender student’s lawsuit

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: Chopper class revs up Lakeville North manufacturing program

MPR

Safety: Researchers say Minnesota is still getting school safety wrong

FOX9 TV

Politics: School snow day relief moves at glacial pace

THE WASHINGTON POST

Funding: DeVos defends billions in cuts to her education department

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Administration: High school principal to stay with Albert Lea

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: New school district budget process unveiled

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: District appoints Niss as principal of curriculum

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Board finalizes $2 million in cuts

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Funding: Owatonna, NRHEG receive grants to establish habitats for pollinators

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Amazon to help fund computer science classes in Byron



TUESDAY, MARCH 26

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Teaching: Licensing board offering free cultural competency training sessions

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Safety: Minneapolis launches a bold plan to help homeless schoolchildren

Politics: Democrats trim Walz budget

Buildings: Business donations drop the cost of Owatonna school referendum

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Stillwater delays expansion of new elementary school

MINNPOST

Politics: House bill would ban preschool suspensions

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Music has an important role in learning

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Budget: Pequot Lakes sets budget parameters

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Cooperation: Two Iron Range districts collaborate on a new career academy high school

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Buildings: Classes in Moorhead resume today after sewer backup

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Students, engineers create bridges

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Awards: Breckenridge superintendent receives state honor

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona seeks community input on superintendent search



FRIDAY, MARCH 22

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Lawmakers debate snow day relief

MINNPOST

Health: Some schools have low measles vaccination rates

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Expiring School Readiness Plus program could be made permanent

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Report: Millions of U.S. children in danger of drinking lead-contaminated water at school

POLITICO

Politics: U.S. education secretary’s efforts to roll back Obama policies stymied by courts

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Technology: Duluth yearbook tradition continues into the digital age

MESABI DAILY NEWS

Funding: School Trust Lands critical for success of Minnesota students

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Students, engineers create bridges

Editorial: State needs to close special education funding gap

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Winona Area School Board fills vacancy



THURSDAY, MARCH 21

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: Suburban schools add contract counselors as vaping, marijuana use booms

Safety: Bear and cubs seen near Clearbrook-Gonvick school

MINNPOST

Politics: Sen. Paul Gazelka wants private school scholarships using tax credits

Testing: Parents of color want a clearer way to assess schools

CHALKBEAT

Research: New teachers often get most struggling students

REUTERS

Politics: School funding for military children could be diverted to build border wall

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Column: Legislature should give new approach to teaching a chance

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area faces possible $1.3 million deficit

Safety: Authorities issue bear alert for area near Clearbrook-Gonvick school

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Technology: Brainerd School District gears up for Chromebook launch, increases technology reach

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Board: Waseca School Board appoints two new members

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Teachers ecstatic with new reading program

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Referendum: Rochester approves bond question for land purchase

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Courts: Hearing for district lawsuit against Save Our Schools postponed until April



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Teacher licensure changes included in house education policy omnibus bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: St. Francis students score big by turning out parts for MnDOT

Editorial: How to make up for school snow days

Politics: Senate Republicans revive plan to give public money to private schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Discipline: Racial disparities in discipline still a problem in St. Paul schools

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: Minnesota Senate Republicans revive private school scholarships plan

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Division considers a variety of special education funding proposals

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Calendar: Brainerd adds extra days

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth moves forward with debt refinancing

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Technology: Medford School Board hears tech proposal

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Red Wing picks day care option for school sale

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Enrollment: Sartell-St. Stephen to drop school boundaries



TUESDAY, MARCH 19

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Teacher licensure changes included in house education policy omnibus bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Attendance: Winona County truancy court tweaks operations for students

Discipline: Waconia wrestling coach, wife allegedly treated student athlete’s herpes

Safety: Suicides reach record levels

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Central High to name auditorium for retiring principal

Calendar: Lawmakers find common ground on missed school days

Obituary: Former Inver Grove Heights School Board member dies after fall

MPR

Graduation: Can college admissions be equitable?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House passes amended snow day forgiveness bill; sends bill back to Senate

CNN

Health: U.S. schools use peer-to-peer communication to discourage underage vaping

THE JOURNAL

Study: Switch in curriculum alone doesn’t boost student outcomes

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Curriculum: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan seeks parents to serve on curriculum advisory council

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Big Lake: Elementary school to become STEM school next year

Blue Earth Area: Superintendent search is down to two candidates

Central: School district negotiates superintendent contract

Crookston: Last-minute cancellation means school will be held on the Monday after Easter

Kenyon-Wanamingo: School board to tap into funding to aid diverse students

St. Peter: School district extends $700,000 levy for five years

Worthington: Students take advantage of “credit recovery” at learning center

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd School District to acquire properties for building projects

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Reading: Books on the bus program encourages reading during the ride to school

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Curriculum: Student chefs come together for new competition

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: Changes coming to Tech High School



MONDAY, MARCH 18

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota House to take action on snow days bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Court: Winona County’s truancy court tweaks operations for students

Diversity: Looking for books that reflect diverse students, Minnesota teachers publish their own

Graduation: Budget pinch drives St. Francis graduation to the gym

Demonstrations: Minnesota students “strike” over climate change

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Demonstrations: Minnesota high school students gather at Capitol to protest global climate change inaction

MPR

Survey: Should public higher education be free?

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Study: Achievement gap has remained persistent over past 50 years

THE CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE

Politics: U.S. education secretary pushes Education Freedom Scholarship proposal in Iowa

THE SACRAMENTO BEE

Negotiations: Sacramento City Teachers Association votes in favor of authorizing strike

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Budget: Alden-Conger School Board allocates some of its surplus funding

Program: 4-H after-school program offers middle school students weekly science-based learning time

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Funding: Educators, lawmakers want a transportation funding increase

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Honors: Crosby-Ironton elementary school principal up for national award

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth School Board to vote on debt refinancing

Personnel: Seeking solutions for Minnesota’s school counselor shortage

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Fairmont High School class studying health care careers

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Schools: Circle of Life Academy in White Earth faced closure threat over test scores, budget deficit

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Community: Booster Club works on school spirit

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Funding: Funding proposed to halt special education cross-subsidy

Funding: Minnesota School Nutrition Association lobbies for more breakfast funding

Special education: Special education teachers customize coursework

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Winona Area School Board appoints former at-large candidate to fill vacant seat



FRIDAY, MARCH 15

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Sports: Minnesota Wild open practice to kids with autism

MPR

Demonstrations: Skipping school to protest climate change

MINNPOST

Politics: Lawmakers consider retooling equalization aid

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Committee approves omnibus E-12 education policy bill

Politics: Bill aims to stop the “pre-K to prison pipeline”

Politics: House passes expanded indoor vaping ban

FOX 9

Partnership: St. Francis students get to business with Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow parts production

THE JOURNAL

Politics: Senate bill would boost early childhood STEM education

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Braham Area: School board discusses revised budget

Brandon-Evansville: Residents asked to fill out survey

Cloquet: District moves forward on renovation projects

Ely: School board looking for new superintendent

Glencoe-Silver Lake: School board accepts bid for parking lot project

Hutchinson: Local special education expenses on the rise

Kingsland: School board reviews referendum, reductions and enrollment

Kingsland: Students win national poster competition

Lake Superior: Typo blamed for district’s budget deficit

Litchfield: School board approves revised budget

Litchfield: Launch Your Future Today career and technical education grants available

North Branch Area: School board reduces budget

Pequot Lakes: Detection canines keep schools safe

Red Wing: City council approves creation of youth council

Swanville: School project grants awarded

Spring Grove: School board discusses makeup days, e-learning days

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Administration: Cannon Falls Area hires Albert Lea Area principal as new leader

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Safety: Icy roads cause school bus to slide off road

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Safety: Granada-Huntley-East Chain moves toward hiring resource officer

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Sartell principal chosen to lead Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Community: Booster Club works on school spirit

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Rochester shuffles principals



THURSDAY, MARCH 14

MPR

Health: How Inuit parents teach kids to control their anger

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Hill City: School district involves stakeholders in strategic planning

Waseca: Five seek to fill two vacant spots on school board

SESSION DAILY

Politics: House education committee reviews governor’s education funding bill

Politics: Civics engagement requirement added to omnibus E-12 education policy bill

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Administration: Bemidji Area principal to lead statewide principals’ association

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Teaching: Teacher shortages contribute to labor deficit

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Curriculum: Sleepy Eye to offer all-day kindergarten

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: STEM students build tiny model homes



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Minneapolis superintendent receives new three-year contract

Court: Minneapolis School District sued over building projects

Politics: Gov. Walz highlights education proposal in Minnesota tour

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Chatter about weapons leads to lockdown of St. Paul school

SESSION DAILY

Politics: MSBA advocates for additional school safety grant funding

Politics: Preschool teachers could be subject to K-12 licensure requirements

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Climax-Shelly: School district thanks outgoing and current board members

Worthington: New ideas emerge during school board work session

Worthington: School district operations committee to recommend surfacing middle school track

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Personnel: Alden-Conger, Glenville-Emmons to merge AD positions

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Blooming Prairie selects next superintendent

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Program: Area manufacturers offer $1,000 manufacturing scholarship

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Thirty candidates apply for Fairmont High School principal job

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Facilities: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to close schools for four days after engineer warns of roof collapse

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Personnel: Teacher shortages in career, technical fields contribute to labor deficit

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Referendum: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva to ask voters to fund school building improvements

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Facilities: Sauk Rapids-Rice to hold more listening sessions about potential facilities upgrades

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Calendar: Willmar students may not to need to make up snow days

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Winona Area School Board weighs staff cuts

Court: Winona Area School District argues over lawsuit silence

Referendum: La Crescent-Hokah school officials tout April 9 referendum



TUESDAY, MARCH 12

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Committee introduces House Education Policy Omnibus Bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: At Minneapolis North, lessons include resilience

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Extracurricular: Math is no problem for these stars

MINNPOST

Higher education: For Minnesota’s low-income college students, chances of graduating depend a lot on which school they choose

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Educator licensing system changes included in omnibus E-12 policy bill

Politics: Extra money sought for internet infrastructure in underserved parts of state

CHALKBEAT

Curriculum: New study skeptical that a better curriculum will boost student learning

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: U.S. education secretary allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services to private schools

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Blue Earth Area names superintendent finalists

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Facilities: Moorhead Area School Board hears initial high school renovation ideas

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Faribault School Board weighs possible cuts

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Community: Local students will strike over climate change

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Winona Area School Board member resigns, citing husband’s health and frustration with the board



MONDAY, MARCH 11

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House committee working on K-12 Education Policy Bill this week

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Technology: Broadband plan has rural Minnesotans hopeful

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Parents defend child medical marijuana use

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Committee considers increased eligibility for school-age care programs

THE WASHINGTON POST

Court: Judge says U.S. education secretary illegally delayed special education rule

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Technology: Online learning offers another alternative

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Funding: Fairmont Area pursues state aid reform

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton names superintendent finalists

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Extracurricular: Rochester Mayo chess team claims state title

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Attendance: Winona tweaks truancy court



FRIDAY, MARCH 8

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Extracurricular: Burnsville chess team may get national championship

Sports: High School League cites inappropriate behavior by St. Thomas Academy swim coach

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Snow Day Relief Act advances in Senate

MPR

Politics: Minnesota Senate backs snow-day relief for schools

MINNPOST

Teaching: New licensure proposal sparks old debate

BLOOMBERG GOVERNMENT

Politics: U.S. Congress considering lunch shaming legislation

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Community: South Washington County elementary school fifth-graders ask mayor to ban plastic bags

Event: Alan Page visits South Washington County elementary school

Event: Hastings High School career fair draws students interested in the military to arts

Facilities: Farmington Area School Board debates Instructional Services Center renovations

Referendum: North St Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale to put bond referendum request to vote

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: District starting school in August to accommodate 2020 construction

Cannon Falls Area: School board narrows superintendent search to six candidates

Cloquet: School district’s projected deficit shrinks

Dassel-Cokato and New London-Spicer: High schools receive pollinator grants

Moose Lake: School board considers art murals, patio and community gardens

Red Wing: Board to discuss possible sale of school building

Willow River: Students show growth in winter benchmark testing

Worthington: School district’s space issues receive attention from state legislators

Worthington: District, former employee expected to settle civil lawsuit in July

Worthington: Area school districts find creative solutions to make up snow days

Wrenshall: District seeks referendum

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Politics: Minnesota Senate approves bill to waive snow days for this school year

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Students explore teaching, business fields

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: New principal at Apollo High named

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area will need to make more than $2 million in cuts



THURSDAY, MARCH 7

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: Minnesota nonprofit holds final prom dress giveaway

Politics: Minnesota state senator proposes letting schools count snow days as instruction

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Boys allowed to join girls dance teams

MPR

Choice: School sees gains when kids’ art, social needs take center stage

Politics: Bill would aid Minnesota schools struggling with snow days

SESSION DAILY

Politics: As snow days pile up, school districts ask lawmakers for relief

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: Local bus drivers honored for Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Cambridge-Isanti: Dollars for Scholars honors former school board member

Chatfield: Former member returns to school board to fill vacancy until general election

Glencoe-Silver Lake: Parking lot plan draws favorable bids

Minnewaska Area: Student safety is priority when deciding to close, delay school

Pipestone Area: Pipestone City Council supports new school

St. Louis County: Teachers planning innovative methods next year

St. Louis County: School board offers compromise to custodians union

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Politics: Governor visits Bemidji to highlight education spending plan

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Community: Pequot Lakes raises $21,000 for Special Olympics

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Safety: Gas leak prompts start delay for Cloquet schools

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Community: Southern Plains Co-op helps special education students recognize their skills

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Politics: Gov. Walz says budget is a moral document about priorities, values

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Awards: Paraprofessional recognized as Hidden Gem

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Too much snow on roof closes Byron school for the day

Buildings: Survey shows bond has support at the ballot

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area School Board prepares again for a new superintendent



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Budget: St. Paul School District projects budget deficit

Community: At Minnetonka High School, students make the grade by lettering in kindness

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Budget: St. Paul School District facing budget deficit

MPR

Health: Minnesota’s school funding formula provides some students of color less than their white peers

Politics: Minnesota House panel eye tougher teacher licensing standards

EDUCATION WEEK

Advocacy: National School Boards Association pushes for federal special education law overhaul

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Students with dyslexia could be identified sooner

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

St. Peter: School board praises flexible learning day use

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Arts: In honor of late band director, Austin High School to debut commissioned music piece

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Politics: Gov. Walz’s education tour to stop in Bemidji

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Event: Sourcewell to host science fair

Facilities: Brainerd School Board opens bids for three building projects

Politics: Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan embark on statewide education tour

MESABI DAILY NEWS

Referendum: Eveleth-Gilbert, Virginia school boards approve special election for joint high school academy, elementary school

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Politics: Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan hear St. Cloud students, teachers on education budget

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area School Board considers superintendent search options

Court: Group to drop lis pendens notice from school property

Court: Group drops building from school suit



TUESDAY, MARCH 5

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Police arrest sex offender found on school bus with kindergartners

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Critics say lawmakers’ moves on teacher licensing will mean less diversity

MPR

Health: The science of sensitive kids

Pre-K: The vital need for better early education

KARE 11

Politics: Proposal would amend state licensure law

KEYC

Politics: Gov. Walz kicks of statewide education tour

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Teacher licensure system, overhauled in 2017, may see more changes

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Funding: American Federation of Teachers launches push for more education funding

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Alexandria: High school to change traffic flow

Chatfield: Students embrace new learning model by helping others in community

Chatfield: Elementary school students organize basketball tournament to help families fighting cancer

Fillmore Central: Board reviews flexible learning days

Goodhue: School forest project is underway

Hancock: School board approves hiring of new science teacher

Kingsland: School board decides on operating levy referendum

Lanesboro: School district continues to fine-tune upcoming facility project

Park Rapids Area: School district hit by ransomware attack

Park Rapids Area: School board looks at e-days, distance learning

Pequot Lakes: School receives $1,500 in tools from professional builders

Redwood Area: School board approves superintendent search plan

Rushford-Peterson: School board selects next superintendent

Rushford-Peterson: Board approves new bid on old building

Swanville: School board approves changes to safety procedures

Swanville: District to make up lost school days

Swanville: School sets out to offer trap shooting

Upsala Area: District will make up most snow days in May

Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Goodhue: Students build two townhouses for class

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Health: Albert Lea Area School Board to show support for increasing tobacco-buying age

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Politics: Teacher licensing “loophole” targeted

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Administration: Michael Kolness to stay as East Grand Forks superintendent; Drake named to lead Fergus Falls

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Funding: Walz tour pitches education spending

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Gov. Walz praises Alternative Learning Center

Editorial: Civics courses should be mandated

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Finance: Sartell-St. Stephen School District will staff community center

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Teaching: Winona teacher reflects on global learning



MONDAY, MARCH 4

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Teacher licensure bills slated for House Education Policy Committee

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Stay the course on teacher licensing

Funding: Mystery donor gives $6 million for hockey arena

Negotiations: Oakland teachers end strike

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Civics, cursive, sex education mandates proposed by lawmakers

Politics: Bill would let school leaders escape funding cuts and jail time for not making up snow days

MINNPOST

Health: Roseville to serve more diverse lunches

FOX 9

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers consider school snow day relief

KARE 11

Politics: Bill would mandate radon tests

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers debate sex education

KEYC

Politics: Gov. Tim Walz bring education tour to Mankato

KVRR

Politics: Gov. Tim Walz to push education proposal during statewide tour

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Negotiations: Oakland teachers strike ends with union members ratifying deal

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Court: More than 20 state attorney generals file amicus brief supporting Florida transgender student

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Mayo staff hosts job fair

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Health: Austin tackles vaping use

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Diversity: Red Lake student among first-ever Indigenous delegates to Model U.N.

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Funding: Pequot Lakes receives $1,500 in tools from builders

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Politics: Advocates call for comprehensive sex education

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Funding: Special education funding gaps growing

Politics: New Ulm leads push to streamline special education paperwork

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Administration: Winona Area superintendent to retire

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Choice: Stride Academy to add seventh and eighth grades

Finance: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board to hear budget cut recommendations

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Policy: Willmar works on deep review of discipline policies



FRIDAY, MARCH 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Education program for Washington County juvenile offenders to be discontinued

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Plan would close four schools, build two in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale

Courts: Parents abandon challenge to teacher union protections

MPR

Vouchers: Betsy DeVos announces support for school choice tax credits

MINNPOST

Health: Roseville to serve more diverse lunches

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Students could have improved access to school counselors and support staff

Politics: Budget forecast — projected surplus drops by almost $500 million, still tops $1 billion

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: U.S. education commissioner backs school choice tax credit proposal

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: Hormel employees spark love of reading

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Accident: No injuries when school bus rear-ended

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Brainerd School Board to address American Indian education concerns

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Journaling helps staff, students recognize gratitude

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Weather: New Ulm School Board adds three school days

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: World Café opens discussion on equity, race, inclusion

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Staching for Seuss

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Preschool: Winona Area offering Getting Ready Together program to prepare students entering kindergarten

Schedule: Winona Area aims to extend early-release days to make up for lost instruction time

February 2019

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Feature: Woman returns school library book 49 years later

Politics: Senator proposes allowing schools to count snow days toward total instruction days

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Discipline: St. Paul teacher who sexually harassed colleagues resigns

Safety: Stillwater Area to hold school despite threatening message

MPR

Health: Schools add healthy, local to the menu

MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Budget: State releases February 2019 budget forecast

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal would aim to increase percentage of teachers of color

Politics: Gov. Tim Walz seeks additional $733 million for E-12 education funding

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Red Wing: New hires will work to address students’ needs

Worthington: Bus drivers remain dedicated, diligent following record snowfall

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendum: Austin special election set for April 9

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Public to weigh in on new Brainerd elementary school name

Transportation: Tina Spielman is a driving force at Pequot Lakes

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Weather: Martin County West eyes snow days plan

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Buildings: Norman County East elementary will be open one more year before closing

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Buildings: Parking lot improvements get green light

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton superintendent hired as new leader for New London-Spicer

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Weather: New Ulm School Board to look at adding school days

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Weather: Will kids have to make up snow days?

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Politics: Bill would require seat belts on school buses



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA special education paperwork reduction bills heard in House committee

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Lawmakers want all high schools to offer civics for juniors, seniors

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Special education: St. Paul settles complaint for $26,000

Health: Should students need a doctor’s note to wear sunscreen at school?

MPR

Funding: Why white school districts have so much more money

Health: Kids’ mental health, opioid crisis get boost in Gov. Walz’s budget

KTTC

Transportation: Byron bus driver among those honored during School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: U.S. House Education Committee advances $100 billion school facilities bill

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Students could be required to take personal finance course

Politics: Grant program could help schools pay for solar power

Politics: For Minnesotans mired in student debt, help could be on the way

Politics: Regional libraries could see funding increase

THE ATLANTIC

Report: Many schools limit or restrict children’s use of bathrooms, putting students at risk

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: State legislatures considering hundreds of school safety measures

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Calendar: Students will have a two-week winter break next year

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Public to weigh in on elementary school name

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Event connects students with construction job opportunities

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Hiring: Fairmont Area shuffles staffing

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Awards: Mankato West student named National Merit finalist

Extracurricular: Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, St. Peter place in Academic Decathlon

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Weather: Owatonna adds days to calendar to make up for weather cancellations

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Transportation: Bus drivers are the unsung profession



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Court: Parent of transgender teen files suit against high school

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Police investigate social media threat against middle school

Awards: Forty semifinalists named for Teacher of the Year

MPR

Preschool: Artificial intelligence debates a human on preschool

Weather: Snow days turn into digital days

KSTP

Funding: New special education funding formula surprises school districts

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Committee considers changes to special education services

THE WASHINGTON POST

Funding: Report finds $23 billion racial funding gap for schools

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Curriculum: STEAM expo fuels creativity

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Buildings: Bagley school roof sags under weight of snowfall

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Branding: Brainerd to retire elementary school mascots

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Weather: Ten snow days pushes board to revise calendar

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Funding: Eveleth-Gilbert, Virginia academy funding goes before Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Weather: Superintendent says Rochester schools will follow the calendar

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Weather: Willmar discusses options for snow days



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Advocacy: House committee will discuss MSBA-supported special education paperwork reduction bills today

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: AmeriCorps programs set to close

Safety: Driver safety stressed for School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Opinion: Now is the time for local foods in our schools

MPR

Weather: Farmington students still learn on snow days

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Teaching: 2 + 2 Program gives help to schools in light of teacher shortages

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Column: Changes to school entrances enhance security

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Politics: Teen helping state leaders shape legislation

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Weather: Board discusses snow makeup days

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Choice: Commissioner hears pitch for community schools concept

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Funding: Two schools win grants to grow native plants

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Teaching: Liking science depends a lot on liking your teacher



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee holding hearing today at Windom High School

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Weather: School districts digging out from chaos brought on by cancellations

MPR

Politics: House committee looking to take gun bill hearing off site

KSTP

Politics: “Erin’s Law” meant to aid children who may be victims of sexual assault

TECHCRUNCH

Technology: Amazon to fund computer science courses in more than 1,000 high schools

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Report: Number of homeless students soars

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Chatfield: School district observes Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Mora: School district honors school board during recognition week

Pine River-Backus: District recognizes School Board Recognition Week

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Students practice kindness

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Extracurricular: Pequot Lakes speech team takes first place

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Awards: Student garners rare honor

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Board: Faribault School Board honored during Recognition Week

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Community: Taylor Corporation sends mentors, homework help for Mankato East High students

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Administration: Superintendent is a finalist for South Dakota job

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Funding: Community member funds an additional counselor and agriculture teacher for five years at Sleepy Eye

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: Human Rights Commission to form new diversity council in response to high school incident

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona inches closer to making decisions



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee holding hearing Friday at Windom High School

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: Survey links marijuana use to lower grades

MPR

Weather: Are students tired of snow days?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill aims to put an end to lunch shaming students

Politics: Teens could have improved access and more affordable driver education

Politics: Committee receives update on border-to-border broadband access

THE WASHINGTON POST

Negotiations: West Virginia teachers end strike after charter school measure expires

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: Albert Lea Area School Board approves parking lot bid

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: Brainerd High School updates security measures

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Funding: Grant allows Early Childhood program at Faribault schools

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Courts: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lawsuit is dropped

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Weather: New Ulm School Board talks about making up snow days

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Cooperation: Blooming Prairie School Board briefed on Zumbro Education District



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Gov. Walz calls for additional education funding in state budget proposal

Politics: President Trump signs consolidated funding bill

STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz proposes more money for schools and roads

Schedule: St. Paul School District prepares to change start times in the fall

Weather: Scores of school districts close as storm advances

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Curriculum: St. Paul School District asked to make ethnic studies class mandatory

MPR

Curriculum: Teaching about racism — does iconic literature help or hurt?

Politics: Gov. Walz calls on Minnesota to meet the needs of “the whole child”

Politics: Gov. Walz’s budget calls for more money for schools, health, roads

Politics: Gov. Walz has a big job in passing budget

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Gov. Walz’s budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care

Politics: Lawmakers consider funding suicide-prevention training for teachers

Politics: More schools could go solar under proposed grant program

SURBURBAN WEEKLIES

Board: New Fridley School Board member takes oath of office

Board: Former Lakeville Area School Board member reflects on time served

Budget: Elk River Area School Board approves bonds

Budget: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approves budget adjustments

Facilities: New Brighton City Council approved special use permit for Irondale High School improvements

Facilities: Lakeville Area elementary school on track for expansion

Facilities: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District to use $1.5 million of general fund for construction

Facilities: St. Louis Park School District plans to add solar panels to school buildings

Food service: Elk River Area superintendent continues to push to pay down lunch debt

Honors: Eden Prairie middle school student honored nationally for volunteerism

Honors: Shakopee School Board OKs plan to honor late superintendent Gary Anger

Planning: Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board approves modified strategic plan

Program: Elk River Area’s technical education program is on the move

Program: “Know the Truth” program visits Fridley High School

Program: Guest speakers teach Mound Westonka High School students about the dangers of drug use

Program: Learning, bonding, growing through Shakopee High School program

Project: Mound Westonka High School club spreads the warmth

Technology: Eden Prairie High School students create app to help peers navigate school hallways

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Alexandria: School district observes Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Braham Area: School district celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Cambridge-Isanti: School board members and superintendent call for predictable, forecasted state funding

Little Falls: Student shares his passion for cooking with school board

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Calendar: Albert Lea Area School Board sets pre-Labor Day start, expands staff development time

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Warroad High School class sheds light on careers in the outdoors

CROOKSTON TIMES

Facilities: Crookston School District superintendent says architects are interested in bus garage initiative

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz’s proposed budget includes money for education, streets

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Marshall School Board OKs resolution for May special election

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Sleepy Eye School Board considers $300,000 in maintenance bonds



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA legislative platform moves forward

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee to hold hearing at Windom School District to discuss funding, rural issues

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Minneapolis prepares new three-year contract for superintendent

Politics: Push on to help English language newcomers

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Civics course for high-school students would be required under a Minnesota Legislature proposal

MPR

Politics: Gov. Tim Walz poised to propose budget that reflects his values

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Fundraiser: Community effort adds new instruments to Mounds View School District

Program: Grant will expand student manufacturing program to Mounds View schools

Technology: Centennial School District looks to find solution for aging SMART Boards

Weather: Snow days pile up — here’s how the Hastings School Board plans to get students back on track

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Goodhue County: Vaping “tsunami” is hitting area schools

Goodhue County: Makeup days on the horizon for students

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: School board approves referendum question for May 14

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal aims to reduce students’ mobile device usage during school hours

Politics: Five people forwarded to House, Senate for four seats on University of Minnesota Board of Regents

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Negotiations: Oakland teachers plan to go on strike Thursday

THE WASHINGTON POST

Negotiations: West Virginia teachers prepare to walk out again

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: A bridge for teachers

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Brainerd School District celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Grants: Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers agricultural grants to schools to purchase milk coolers

Hiring: Pine River-Backus accepts teacher resignations

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Should Minnesota require a civics credit?

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Testing: Less than half of Minnesotans pass U.S. history test

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Calendar: District makes adjustments following eight school cancellations

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: Superintendent discusses plans for new high school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Arts: Byron erhu artist featured on NPR

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: St. Cloud Area School Board eyes 2020 vote for Apollo remodel



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Gov. Walz aims to invest in education

Awards: Edina schools win award for reducing use of road salt

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: Teachers union says schools need $4 billion more

MINNPOST

Special education: Breaking down student silos

KARE 11

Politics: Proposed grant program would help schools pay for outdoor field trips

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: Volunteering at school takes many forms

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Hiring: Pequot Lakes approves hiring six positions

Awards: Students honor liaison officer

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Warroad class sheds light on careers in the outdoors

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Technology: Girls robotics team in high gear

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Editorial: Minnesota substitute shortage needs an innovator



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Finance: State auditor reprimands Shakopee School Board after superintendent credit card scandal

MPR

Safety: Some Owatonna parents question decision to call police

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Carlton: School board discusses consolidation

Cloquet: High school starts first robotics team

Detroit Lakes: School district will be making up snow days

Hutchinson: When schools close, classes continue thanks to e-learning

Lake Superior: School board sets snow makeup days

Litchfield: Vaping poses larger issue in rural schools

Litchfield: Digital learning provides unique solution for winter weather

Monticello: Favorable interest rate received on bond sale

Montevideo: Virtual snow days show promise

Murray County Central: Tom Mesner’s school board leadership spans quarter of a century

Pelican Rapids: School district looking into allegations against coach

St. James: New officiating class a big hit at high school

SESSION DAILY

Politics: “Breakfast After the Bell” program would increase student access to first meal of the day

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Striking teachers reach agreement with Denver Public Schools

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Safety: Circulation of online petition against bullying draws attention from administration

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Recognition: Gov. Walz declares February 27 as School Bus Drive Appreciation Day

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Health: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board hears positive news

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Obituary: Former Moorhead Area superintendent Lynne Kovash passes away after fight with cancer

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Buildings: Medford extends closing date for land sale

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area faces new round of budget cuts

Calendar: Will Winona Area schools extend into the summer?



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: To make schools safer, lawmakers focus on student mental health

Politics: Legislators, student groups push for free college

Weather: Superintendents break into song to break the news of another snow day

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: State of St. Paul schools is good, but better with career classes

MPR

Politics: Bill would put more Minnesota-grown food into schools

Referendum: A new school for Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, but not Worthington

Safety: Parkland survivors brace for first anniversary of shooting

EDUCATION WEEK

Data: High school graduation rate hits new all-time high

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill would allow school districts to start before Labor Day

USA TODAY

Safety: Schools using artificial intelligence to stop student violence

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Feature: Freedom Writer inspires students

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Politics: Gov. Walz, Republican lawmakers preview budget priorities

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Court: Man faces charges in locker room attack

Feature: Put down the phones and connect as humans

Technology: Brainerd High School students to receive Chromebooks next year

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Health: Lawmakers hope to create farm-to-school pipeline

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Courts: Charges filed against students in wake of school lockdown

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Calendar: Winter weather tests Breckenridge’s e-learning plan



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: New commissioner brings solution-driven ambition to state’s schools

Extracurricular: Wayzata wins berth in National Science Bowl

Crime: Hastings assistant principal faces theft charges

MPR

Pre-K: Getting kids ready to learn

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: FFA students engage with state leaders at conference

Big Lake: Retired engineer finds joy as volunteer in classroom

Blue Earth Area: District adds two more people to this year’s staff

Brandon-Evansville: Tour of school is eye-opening

Kingsland: School board mulls operating levy

Mabel-Canton: School district signs enrollment agreement with Iowa district for students on the border

Minnewaska Area: Lack of space an issue for district’s early childhood programs

Morris Area: School board seeks input for superintendent search

Morris Area: School district gets lengthy use of e-learning

Nevis: Sprinkler causes flooding at school

Pierz: School district not likely to make up weather closings

Rushford-Peterson: School officials discuss trimester successes and challenges

Worthington: Bond referendum fails by just 17 votes

Worthington: District scheduled first e-learning day

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School boards could gain authority to renew expiring referendums

Politics: Bill would increase funding for early childhood screenings

Politics: University of Minnesota makes $87 million budget request for biennium

CCX MEDIA

Politics: Sen. Paul Anderson, Sen. John Hoffman push special education reform

EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: U.S. House education panel holds hearing on K-12 funding

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Snow days cause calendar concerns

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Calendar: No makeup days needed so far

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton bond issue passes

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Board: School to Work program among topics for board

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Dawson-Boyd voters approve $22.7 million bond

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Weather: Winona gets a foot of snow as schools close again



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Committee to hear special education paperwork reduction bills; bills introduced to address teacher shortage

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota House education committee to examine referendums, board vacancies

Politics: Congressional update — IDEA funding, Higher Education Act and school infrastructure

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Farmington Area school superintendent champions initiative and innovation

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Diversity: How to retain and recruit more teachers of color

MPR

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike over pay

Weather: Schools closed, roads a mess as another round of snow blankets Minnesota

Weather: Minnesota schools may seek reprieve for canceled classes

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Event: State education and housing commissioners to host listening session at Minnesota Homeless Education Conference Wednesday

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Seeking orderly end to session, governor and legislative leaders agree to new deadlines

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Obituary: Former Shakopee School Board member Steve Schneider passes away

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Honors: MSBA honors Triton School Board member for 30 years of service

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Pre-K: Child care is a complex problem

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: The importance of preschool

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Calendar: Spring break not to be included in Brainerd’s 2019-20 school year

Crime: Brainerd school employee injured in early morning attack

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Planning: Moorhead Area School Board approves high school renovation, new career academy

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Buildings: Burst pipe douses East Grand Forks high school

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers aim to boost teacher diversity, shrink achievement gap

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Enrollment: Mankato Area School District weighing options to accommodate growth

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Courts: Former teacher charged with 10 felony porn charges

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Safety: Lockdown fueled by apparent racial slurs



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: St. Cloud addresses effect of adverse childhood experiences

Safety: Study-abroad programs face new pressure to focus on student safety

MPR

Referendum: Paul Dorr works to defeat school referendums across the Midwest

Safety: Parents question whether school shooting drills traumatize kids

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike set to begin today

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Seeing the power of student leaders

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: The importance of preschool

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: Why don’t all school buses have seat belts for kids?

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: Learning Centers aid grades 7-12

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Public input sought as superintendent search begins

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Making an informed decision



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Technology: Online learning has replaced snow days in some Minnesota schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Calendar: Schools might ask Legislature for shorter year after weather cancellations

Safety: St. Paul school employees could be tested for drugs under planned policy

MPR

Politics: Full-service community schools get a deeper look at the Capitol

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: As teachers prepare to strike, Denver School District puts a halt to conferences for educators

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Politics: Legislator wants goals and reports for every school program receiving funding

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Pequot Lakes School Board discusses snow days, staffing

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: Duluth’s compensatory changes seen as a positive

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Extracurricular: Medford adds robotics team to school’s offerings

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Teaching: Statewide substitute shortage hitting local schools

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Dawson-Boyd to decide question Tuesday



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

STAR TRIBUNE

Athletics: Twenty high school teams observe moment of silence in honor of Prior Lake skier

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Policy: St. Paul School District employees could be tested for drugs under planned policy

MPR

Politics: Minnesota black caucus lawmakers plan to address education, economic and criminal justice issues

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Event: Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker to hold listening session Monday with students and educators in Hopkins

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill would increase funds for English language learners

Politics: Students are never too young to suffer from stress, legislators told

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike to begin on Monday

SURBURBAN WEEKLIES

Column: Thanks to North Branch Area School Board for investing in knowledge

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Area school districts cancel classes

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: Paying the bill for exploding special education costs

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Politics: Rep. Ron Kresha authors bill to fund student safety efforts

Program: Proposed street projects to further Safe Routes to School initiative

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: A year later, Duluth’s compensatory education changes seen as positive

STEM: Hermantown Middle School shows what women can achieve in science

Weather: Today’s Northland area school closings

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Project: Fargo-Moorhead schools challenge kids to recycle plastic bags

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Program: New mentoring program introduces students to building careers

Weather: Mankato Area, other school districts closed today

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton meeting rescheduled

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Weather: Today’s school-related closures

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Weather: Schools close as another winter system moves in

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Funding: Gov. Walz considers shift away from referendums to fund Minnesota schools



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Man arrested after shooting school bus driver

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Weather again shortens school day

MPR

Crime: School bus driver shot on I-35W in Minneapolis

Curriculum: District grapples with how to move on from Mockingbird

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Special education providers feeling buried by paperwork

Politics: School lunch participation solid, but breakfast program lags

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Court: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton consolidation lawsuit rescheduled; injunction against referendum dropped

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Extracurricular: Medford adds robotics team to school’s offerings

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Facilities needs survey Q&A

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Funding: Company funds virtual reality equipment for students



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Special education is front and center at House education committee meeting

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Senate education committee taking look at skilled trades, dyslexia and more

Politics: Minnesota House announces committee deadlines

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Column: Federal government must deliver on its special education funding obligation

Program: New $20 million financial learning labs for kids opens in St. Paul

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Stakes high for special Senate election in east-central Minnesota

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver School District prepares lesson plans for looming teacher strike

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Negotiations: Oakland teachers approve strike vote over wages, class sizes

USA TODAY

Analysis: Black students still face racism in suburbs

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Calendar: Albert Lea Area School Board discusses potential fourth year with early start calendar

CROOKSTON TIMES

Faclities: Crookston School District’s bus garage questions slowly turn into answers

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Weather: Snow days don't mean a day off from learning in some area school districts

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Court: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton superintendent says referendum lawsuit dropped

Referendum: Marshall School District referendum set for May 14



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Setting a new course for the Minnesota State system

Program: At Austin school, everyone and everything focuses on kindergarten

MPR

Curriculum: Duluth teacher, school district grapple with how to move on from “To Kill a Mockingbird”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: Gov. Walz’s agenda for rural Minnesota begins to emerge

FEEDSTUFFS

Politics: U.S. House members introduce Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act

MILITARY TIMES

Teaching: Military program aims to help Alabama ease its teacher shortage

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: Lawmakers in three states seek to pass measures “retaliating” against teacher strikes

Politics: White House reverses course on inspector general for U.S. Education Department

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Moose Lake: School board approves three-year contract for superintendent

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Project: Pine River-Backus School District now home to large solar array

CROOKSTON TIMES

Funding: Crookston School District is seeking a 3 percent education funding increase

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Special meeting follows Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lawsuit hearing

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: New London-Spicer School Board selects new superintendent

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Legal: Winona Area School District retains its current lawyers



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Most licensed Minnesota teachers are turning to other careers

Court: Lawsuit challenges Pennsylvania school district’s policy about passing out Bibles

MPR

Weather: Minnesota schools ready to teach, feed kids after cold snap

Weather: Cold spell stirs debate whether school districts are going “soft”

MINNPOST

Teaching: More than half of Minnesota’s licensed teachers not working as teachers

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School districts grapple with growing special education funding gap

Politics: House panel gets rundown of the state’s early learning initiatives

MIAMI HERALD

Curriculum: Florida governor orders up new curriculum standards for schools to replace Common Core

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Weather: After closings, Austin School District tries to smooth out scheduling

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Pillager School District heads toward May election for revised referendum

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Duluth School District’s substitute for “To Kill A Mockingbird” irks faculty