MSBA eClippings Archive

A few months' worth of previous MSBA eClippings story weblinks are stored on this page for a limited time. (Note: Some links, if not accessed within a few days, may not work as stories are archived on newspaper sites.)

June 2020

MONDAY, JUNE 1

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Board meetings: MSBA issues updated guidance for school board meetings

Politics: U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions plans hearings focused on return to school

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Virus-proofing sports facilities presents a big challenge

Safety: Minneapolis schools urged to break contract with police

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Grading: No grades in some schools during distance learning isn’t making all students happy

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: Who gets to decide how schools work this fall?

EDSOURCE

Administration: Superintendents from around U.S. hold discussion about online learning, rethinking education

EDUCATION DIVE

Survey: Lower-income students struggling with remote learning

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Finance: Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Program: USDA approves program to feed kids in Minnesota

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Grading: St. Michael-Albertville School Board talks grading, staff cuts

Teaching: Eastern Carver County teachers honored with retirement car parade

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Alexandria: Students and staff all smiles at graduation

Braham Area: High school celebrates commencement

Maple River: Families share the good and bad of distance learning

Maple River: High school student completes National Honor Society project to benefit veterans

Menahga: Graduates complete drive-in ceremony

Menahga: School board approves early learning model

Milaca: Parking lot graduation ceremony honors Class of 2020

Montevideo: School district seeks renewal of operating referendum

Mora: Classes resume for high school emergency response students

Nevis: School board approves summer programs

New Prague Area: Community celebrates graduates

North Branch Area: School board taking applications for vacancy

Northfield: Despite looming uncertainty, online commencement features hope, optimism

Park Rapids Area: Rain stops on time for high school graduation

Princeton: High school celebrates graduates with drive-through ceremony

Tri-City United: High school holds graduation experience

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Graduation: Austin goes red and green in honor of graduates

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Teaching: Summer School to happen via distance learning

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: A celebration of East graduates

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Awards: Martin County West student earns rare FFA award

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Teaching: Special education parents struggle, but feel supported during pandemic

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Six sets of twins graduate from Kasson-Mantorville

ST. CLOUD TIMES

COVID-19: How will back-to-school look this fall?

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Graduation: Willmar seniors honored in parade

May 2020

FRIDAY, MAY 29

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Athletics: Minnesota State High School League sets summer plans despite hazy fall outlook

Grading: Districts change grading policies for distance learning

Health: Extra food assistance extended to students

History: Missing nautical relics found on display at Minnetonka High school

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Community: Flint Hills Family Festival school week is virtual

DISABILITY SCOOP

Special education: School groups want flexibility on special education spending due to COVID-19

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Graduation: Farmington Area parents organizing parade for graduates

Graduation: Osseo Area School District decides on virtual commencement ceremonies in July

Personnel: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage building and grounds chief retires

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Fergus Falls: Teacher publishes book on helping children

Fulda: Graduation ceremony held in parking lot

Fulda: High school business class continues online learning

Henning: School board chooses interim superintendent

Hutchinson: High school graduates will have drive-in ceremony

Hutchinson: Pandemic budget restraints lead to school layoffs

Kasson-Mantorville: School district nearing partnership with business

Kenyon-Wanamingo: District to hold modified graduation ceremony on May 31

Litchfield: High school graduation plans head to track complex, virtual stage

Litchfield: School board rejects teacher contract proposal

Luverne: Seniors wrap up school year with virtual commencement, community parade

Madelia: High school principal retires

Madelia: Teacher wraps up 40-year career

Minnewaska Area: School board hears graduation plan, other administrative reports

Tri-City United: Tony Johnson prepares to step up as Lonsdale Elementary School principal

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd celebrates groundbreakings

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: Teachers explain new routines

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Graduation: Virtual graduation in the making

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Graduation: Reverse parade for St. Peter graduates

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Planning: Schools plan for summer, fall

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Graduation: Owatonna names trio of student speakers

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: More than 1,300 seniors to graduate today

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Graduation: Seniors roll up to graduation parade

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Health: Willmar offering free summer meals



THURSDAY, MAY 28

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: Duluth creates African Heritage Commission

EDUCATION DIVE

Report: Per-pupil spending would increase if local property tax revenues for schools were pooled at county or state level

EDSOURCE

Special education: Virtual special education meetings popular in some districts, but a major hurdle in others

FINANCE AND COMMERCE

Buildings: School construction plans advance for now

NPR

Survey: Big remote learning gaps for low-income and special needs children

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Jordan School Board enters negotiations with interim superintendent candidate

Budget: Budget shortfall forces termination of 45 full-time teaching positions in Eastern Carver County

Budget: Shakopee School District officials say cuts, referendum levy combo needed

Distance learning: Centennial School District gathers feedback about distance learning

Graduation: Centennial School District steps up to honor the Class of 2020

Graduation: Central High School graduation ceremony taking place this week

Graduation: Jordan High School administration eyes drive-thru graduation ceremony

Graduation: Community honoring Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan graduating seniors

Graduation: Spring Lake Park High School graduation goes virtual on June 5

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Carlton and Moose Lake: Schools celebrate graduations in unique ways

Carlton and Wrenshall: Referendums delayed

Ely: Drive-up graduation set for May 30

Ely: School board revises budget amid pandemic

Grand Rapids: These kids are resilient

Lester Prairie: School board to discuss groundbreaking for building project

Mabel-Canton: School board sets contingent dates for graduation

Spring Grove: School year comes to a successful close amid a global pandemic

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Brainerd School Board member pushes for creationism to be taught in science

Graduation: Brainerd parade in pictures

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Award: Teacher earns Gold Star recognition

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Politics: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demands that public schools share pandemic aid with private schools

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Graduation: Day 1 of drive-thru graduation is in the books

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop plans August operating levy in hopes of getting out of debt

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Administration: Owatonna educator chosen to head special education co-op

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Finances: Rochester School Board previews $400 million budget



WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Minnesota Department of Education updates Summer Programming Guidance

MPR

Funding: Pandemic is driving schools toward a financial meltdown

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Court: Transgender student who sued Virginia school over restroom access takes case to federal appeals court

USA TODAY

Poll: One in five teachers unlikely to return to reopened classrooms in the fall

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Distance learning: Survey reveals where Anoka-Hennepin teachers need support for distance learning

Graduation: Lakeville Area adds parade, graduation stage photos for Class of 2020

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Aitkin: Graduation at the drive-in

Alexandria: Flags honor high school graduates

Becker: Parades will ease the pain of final weeks of school

Benson: Graduation ceremony will be held at aquatic center

Blue Earth Area: High school principal resigns

Brandon-Evansville: Graduates recognized in parade

Crookston: Class of 2020 honored with graduation parade

Sibley East: Graduation ceremony will be held in parking lot on May 31

United South Central: School district prepares for graduation ceremony

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Glenville-Emmons holds alternative graduation ceremony

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Class of 2020 encouraged to persevere

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: A celebration for Denfeld graduates

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Planning: Schools await state input

GRAND FORKS HERALD

COVID-19: With prom cancelled, what to do with all the prizes?

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Graduation: Diplomas by appointment

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Graduation: Medford picks graduation speakers

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester weighs possibilities for middle school

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Graduation: Sauk Rapids-Rice holds drive-in graduation



TUESDAY, MAY 26

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Funding: School Finance Working Group addresses teacher development and evaluation, Q Comp and early childhood programs

Safety: FBI warns of abuse material being displayed during Zoom meetings

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Eastern Carver County chooses superintendent

Athletics: Minnesota high school athlete eligibility rules get fresh scrutiny

COVID-19: ICU beds in short supply as infection rate rises

Testing: ACT to offer online, at-home version this year

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Board: St. Paul School Board chair remains critically ill from COVID-19

POLITICO

Politics: Sen. Lamar Alexander splits with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on stimulus support for private school students

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Elk River Area principal takes new position at Minnewaska Area

Administration: New principal comes “home” to Forest Lake Area’s Wyoming Elementary School

Budget: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board discusses COVID-19’s impact on school finances

Community: Edina School District pen pal program bridges generations, counters isolation

Community: Arby’s donates lunches to Rockford Area teachers

Distance learning: Osseo Area School District receives distance learning survey results

Distance learning: “Sheltered in Place” film depicts Rockford Area family coping with distance learning

Distance learning: Hard copy learning materials reaching in-between students at Robbinsdale Cooper High School

Facilities: Anoka Middle School expansion approved

Facilities: New Hope City Council extends trial period with Robbinsdale Area for high school stadium

Food service: Waconia School District lunch program to continue through summer

Graduation: How to watch Anoka-Hennepin graduation ceremonies

Graduation: Talking with Wayzata High School’s Class of 2020

Honors: Two Brooklyn Center schools named Project Lead the Way distinguished schools

Honors: St. Louis Park High School student named recipient of national peace award

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Isle: Graduation ceremony tentatively set for July 17

Isle: School board approves calendar, budget

Little Falls: District plans for 2020-2021 school year

Milaca: School board approves parking lot graduation ceremony for May 29

North Branch Area: School board makes decision on whether to pay spring coaches their remaining stipends

Onamia: School board makes plans for a May 29 graduation

Princeton: Drive-through graduation ceremony is set for May 29

Royalton: School board discusses whether to pay spring coaches

Swanville: School district reveals vision for technology referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Lessons learned in pandemic will help later in life

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: CEO program heads online as participants cope with COVID-19

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Crosby-Ironton graduates parade through town

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Testing: Why the SAT is falling out of favor

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Graduation: Ceremony took an unusual turn

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID-19: Moving on with education

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Diversity: Area diversity is growing, but not in elected bodies

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Graduation: Route mapped out for Willmar graduation



FRIDAY, MAY 22

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Minnesota Department of Education updates distance learning, summer programming guidance

STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minneapolis mayor orders people to wear masks in stores and schools

MINNPOST

Teaching: How COVID-19 has interrupted — and modified — teacher licensure in Minnesota

KARE 11

COVID-19: Case linked to graduation serves as warning

FORBES

COVID-19: Top 10 education policy moves for states in the COVID 2.0 era

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Safety: Hackers hijack South Carolina high school WebEx meeting

WCCO

Food service: St. Paul School District delivers 2 million school meals during lockdown

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Budget: St. Michael-Albertville School Board talks budget implications

Court: Company sues Anoka-Hennepin over high school construction bids

Donation: Foundation pledges $25,000 for Eden Prairie School District

Facilities: Summer construction at St. Louis Park School schools begins early

Grading: Elk River Area School Board approves distance learning grading

Graduation: Edina High School plans virtual commencement ceremony

Graduation: St. Francis High School to have virtual graduation

Graduation: Waconia graduation plans coming together

Group: Minnetonka students give back through new service club

Planning: Bloomington School District prepares for final weeks of disjointed school year

Technology: Robbinsdale Area Community Education goes digital

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Cleveland: School district to hold parking lot graduation, implements new grading options

Crookston: Students weigh in on COVID-19

Le Sueur-Henderson: Not classified as MSHSL, high school trap shoot team can practice

Monticello: Parking lot graduation for high school seniors

North Branch Area: District receives Initiative Foundation grant

Rockford Area: Machine gives school district speedy disinfecting tool

Rush City: Superintendent submits resignation

St. Peter: Charlie Potts goes the distance for seniors

Waseca: Seniors recognized for achievements and awarded scholarships virtually

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Administration: Jonathan Clark accepts offer to become Pine River-Backus superintendent

Graduation: Crosby-Ironton graduation, parade slated for Saturday

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: North Shore graduations in the age of COVID-19

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Referendum: With operating levy set to expire, Owatonna School District seeks renewal at minimum

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: A season of grieving for students

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: BOLD School District postpones survey on facilities needs

WAHPETON DAILY NEWS

Distance learning: Distance learning causes concern for Breckenridge students



THURSDAY, MAY 21

PIONEER PRESS

Higher education: Minnesota State system plans 3 percent tuition hike amid sluggish college enrollment

MPR

COVID-19: Governor Walz takes cautious approach on June 1 reopening

MINNPOST

COVID-19: What to know about Minnesota’s latest guidelines for reopening bars, restaurants and salons

ABC NEWS

Distance learning: Remote learning forces teachers to find new ways to interact with students

MAXPREPS

Athletics: Where things stand with high school sports in all 50 states amid pandemic

REUTERS

COVID-19: CDC says U.S. schools should only reopen with social distancing as benchmarks met

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Special education: Chicago Teachers Union sues U.S. Department of Education secretary, school district over special education policies

Testing: Students sue College Board over glitched AP exams

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Cannon Falls: Pandemic helps graduate plan his future

St. Peter: Virtual ceremony and community parade will honor seniors

Waseca: Seniors are making the most of their final days of high school

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Guidelines laid out for Brainerd High School graduation parade

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Arts: Faribault music students solo with YouTube presence during quarantine

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Grading: Rochester School District releases grading guidelines to reflect distance learning



WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Minnesota schools are in line for pandemic relief

Graduation: Celebrations are in limbo for Twin Cities high school seniors

Graduation: Ceremonies draw thousands nationwide despite pandemic fears

MPR

COVID-19: Minnesota to unveil plan to reopen bars and restaurants

CHALKBEAT

Guidance: U.S. Department of Education says schools must continue serving English learners during pandemic

MARKETWATCH

COVID-19: Coronavirus expected to transform K-12 schools in the fall

THE WASHINGTON POST

COVID-19: CDC releases guidelines for reopening schools

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Le Sueur-Henderson: School district to hold parking lot graduation, senior parade

Tri-City United: High school graduation returns to May 29

Tri-City United: District selects next elementary school principal

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Graduation: Area schools plan graduation celebrations

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Grading: Duluth School District makes grading changes amid distance learning

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Planning: Faribault School District officials planning for 2020-2021 school year

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Personnel: Mankato Area names new administrator

OWATONNA PEOPLE’S PRESS

Food service: Medford School District changes food service provider

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Graduation: Sartell-St. Stephen, Sauk Rapids-Rice high schools to hold drive-in graduation ceremonies

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Election: Filing period open for Winona Area School Board positions

Grading: Winona Area School Board may waive Ds and Fs for distance learning



TUESDAY, MAY 19

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Legislature adjourns — what bills were passed and what didn't get done

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Minnesota Department of Health updates social distancing guidance for K-12 schools, student programs

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff on the 19th of every month in honor of Minnesotans who have died from COVID-19

STAR TRIBUNE

Opinion: Kids need to get back in school to stay safe

Teaching: Patrick Henry High School teachers in Minneapolis connect with students via caravan

MPR

Community: Graduates to get top billing at Austin theater

Higher education: U.S. Congress gave colleges a $14 billion lifeline — here’s where it’s going

Teaching: “Kindergartners are huggers” — a teacher stays connected in a virtual classroom

MINNPOST

Politics: Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session was defined by what got pushed aside to respond to COVID-19

CHALKBEAT

Testing: Study suggests low-income students may benefit from colleges dropping SAT, ACT

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Testing: Students can now submit AP test answers by email

EDUCATION DIVE

COVID-19: How feasible are school reopening plans for fall?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: As session ends, Minnesota Legislature leaves much unresolved — but leaders say that could yet change

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Pequot Lakes graduation parade, mobile ceremony to take place on Friday

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Teaching: Proctor elementary school teachers celebrate students

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Graduation: Granada-Huntley-East Chain, Truman, Martin County West form graduation plans

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Health: Faribault middle, high schools will stock anti-opioid

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Mankato Area, St. Peter school districts tighten belts in wake of pandemic

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Administration: Marshall School Board OKs contract for interim superintendent

Graduation: A different kind of graduation

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board OKs levy amount request

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Distance learning: Houston School District has help from its virtual academy

Graduation: Rochester School District amends graduation plan

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Food service: BOLD School District food service staff on front lines daily, serving 1,000 meals to go



MONDAY, MAY 18

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Summer learning and child care — governor issues executive order, MDE issues guidance

Politics: U.S. senators introduce emergency E-rate legislation

Politics: U.S. Department of Agriculture extends three nutrition waivers

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff on the 19th of every month in honor of Minnesotans who have died from COVID-19

STAR TRIBUNE

Boundaries: How will Minneapolis reshape its school district?

Community: St. Paul ministers disappointed by lack of black high school principals

COVID-19: What you need to know about the new “stay safe Minnesota” order

Politics: “Flurry of negotiations” but no deal on Minnesota Legislature’s final day

PIONEER PRESS

Charters: St. Paul charter school to close permanently

MPR

COVID-19: Minnesota schools allowed to reopen for summer — here’s what is means

Politics: Minnesota House defeats attempt to allow in-person graduation ceremonies

Politics: Minnesota Legislature lurches toward likely special session

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR TIM WALZ AND LT. GOVERNOR PEGGY FLANAGAN

Funding: Governor Walz announces priorities for education, child care with $91 million in federal funds

MINNESOTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION

Honors: Lakeville Area’s Bret Domstrand named Minnesota’s 2020 NAESP National Distinguished Principal

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House passes omnibus education policy bill that includes anti-vaping measures

Politics: Omnibus higher education policy bill heads to governor

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: New CDC guidance offers few details for schools deciding how to reopen

USA TODAY

Graduation: Graduation ceremonies become political battleground for schools, students, parents

Testing: Technical problems frustrate online AP exams

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Personnel: Longtime Glenville-Emmons administrator to retire

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Grading: Austin School District adjusts distance learning grading platform

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Broadband: Distance learning highlights broadband inequity

Graduation: Graduation parade to precede virtual Brainerd High School commencement

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Hermantown School District celebrates seniors with music, cheers

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Administration: Marshall School Board makes offer for interim superintendent position

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop approved for operating levy question by Minnesota Department of Education

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Graduation: Schools planning out-of-the-ordinary graduations for 2020 graduates across west-central Minnesota



FRIDAY, MAY 15

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Governor Walz issues executive order, MDE issues guidance for summer learning and child care

Proclamation: Governor Walz orders flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Governor Walz gives flexibility on summer learning

Editorial: Recognizing graduates during a pandemic

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Teaching: Minnesota can offer in-person and distance learning to students this summer

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Distance learning: Some U.S. schools are pulling the plug on distance learning

CHALKBEAT

Court: What the resolution of Detroit’s literacy case could mean for American schools

KEYC NEWS

Politics: Latest executive order gives school districts option to implement summer hybrid learning

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Eastern Carver County selects next superintendent

Administration: Chanhassen High School principal announces retirement

Administration: New principal named for Bloomington’s Ridgeview Elementary School

Administration: New principal named for Minnetonka Middle School West

Budget: St. Louis Park School District furloughs 82 employees amid budget crunch

Court: Strip search lawsuit against Edina School District still in court

Distance learning: Attendance improves in St. Louis Park schools, but disparities persist

Distance learning: Hands-on learning at a distance for Waconia High School

Facilities: Inspiration from coaches, teammates line hallways at St. Louis Park High School

Graduation: Bloomington’s plans for outdoor commencement sacked by state

Graduation: Elk River Area School Board learns of graduation plans

Graduation: Lakeville Area schools to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

Graduation: Prior Lake, Burnsville high schools announce virtual graduation ceremonies

Graduation: Waconia graduation plans still in limbo after latest state guidance

Honors: Elk River High School students win art awards

Personnel: Prior Lake-Savage Area says farewell to retiring staff members

Program: Substance use prevention program goes online to reach students

Survey: Majority of families in Anoka-Hennepin approve of district’s rollout of distance learning

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Alexandria: School district gets grant from foundation for Chromebook

Belle Plaine: District settles on graduation plans

Benson: Graduation plans must change again

Carlton: Photographer creates memories for 2020 graduates

Carlton and Wrenshall: Districts take next step toward consolidation

Cloquet: Seniors get caps, gowns via drive-thru

Cloquet: District cuts staff to ease $1 million deficit

Crookston: Sixth-grader donates masks

Lester Prairie: School district hosting last day of school parade

Detroit Lakes: High school graduation will go on June 28, but with format TBD

McGregor: School board hears facilities report

Moose Lake: District hires new superintendent

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva: Bittersweet time for seniors

North Branch Area: School district receives grant for child care

North Branch Area: Yard signs spotlight high school graduates

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Budget: Brainerd reviews preliminary budget

Graduation: Crosslake seniors to graduate via Facebook

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Arts: A Fergus Falls music director’s one-man band Pomp and Circumstance

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Diversity: Increasingly diverse community has board looking at ways to bring those voices to the table

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Graduation: Sleepy Eye sends off seniors

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Awards: English teacher wins district honor

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Teaching: Willmar grading policy adjusted for distance learning



THURSDAY, MAY 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Governor Walz loosens stay at home restrictions

COVID-19: Governor Walz talks about decision to close schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Graduation: Minnesota Orchestra offers to put pomp into your graduation circumstances

MPR

Health: With schools closed, children’s mental health is suffering

MINNPOST

Enrollment: Minneapolis School Board OKs district redesign plan

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Learning: U.S. schools mull ways to make up lost time

EDUCATION DIVE

Learning: Educators look for informal ways to connect with students to prevent summer slide

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan superintendent says distance learning has challenges, silver linings

Arts: Robbinsdale Area high school theater directors and students discuss their canceled productions

Community: Forest Lake Area teachers find creative ways to engage with their students

Community: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan’s Parkview Elementary School has a parade

COVID-19: Coping with COVID-19 at Brooklyn Center Community Schools

Facilities: St. Francis Elementary School playground build moved up

Honors: Robbinsdale Area seniors honored with peace award

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Fergus Falls: Seniors receive banner tribune

Fergus Falls: Grant gives school weight room a lift

Fergus Falls and Underwood: Area schools plan for modified ceremonies

Fulda: School board confirms non-public parking lot graduation for 2020 graduates

Glencoe-Silver Lake: Teachers, staff reconnect with students and families with a vehicle profession

Minnewaska Area: Staff throws parade to honor students

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Administration: Three finalists selected for Pine River-Backus superintendent

Technology: Brainerd School District to work with families on Chromebook insurance fees

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Community: Duluth East seniors return to school for creative celebration

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Survey: Blue Earth Area using data

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Graduation: East Grand Forks prepares for unique graduation

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Graduation: Celebrating Marshall seniors

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Graduation: Sleepy Eye School District to hold parade for seniors

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: School access plan worries neighbors

Graduation: Wabasha-Kellogg brings banner response to graduation

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Graduation: St. Cloud Area School District cancels individual graduations

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Montevideo considers next step after bond request was rejected

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Graduation: Local high school seniors stay in good spirits



WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Buildings: St. Paul school renovation wins final approval

COVID-19: Legislators expect extension of pandemic emergency order

Enrollment: On 6-3 vote, Minneapolis approves major revamp

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Honors: Minnesota’s distinguished high school students honored for exemplary levels of performance

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: Will schools be able to reopen in the fall? Dr. Anthony Fauci says answer will be “very different” across the country

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Centennial School Board approves hire of new elementary school principal

Administration: Rockford Area hires high school principal

Administration: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan assistant selected to be next principal of Echo Park Elementary School

Budget: Osseo Area School Board approves revised 2020 budget

Extracurricular: Bloomington student advances to national speech tournament

Grading: Jordan School District modifies grading under distance learning

Grading: White Bear Lake Area School District makes switch to pass/no pass grading

Graduation: Anoka-Hennepin graduations to go virtual after state bans in-person graduations

Graduation: Eden Prairie High School sets new graduation date of July 31

Graduation: St. Louis Park High School cancels plans for postponed graduation at stadium

Grant: Bloomington Career and College Academy receives pathways grant

Program: Lakeville North High School mentorship program continues through distance learning

Safety: Safety enhancements at Wayzata High School intersection to begin in June

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Cleveland, Le Sueur-Henderson, Tri-City United and St. Peter: Unable to relive high school fields of dreams, seniors look forward to college

Jackson County Central: Board gets its first look at design, cost plan for new middle school space

Kenyon-Wanamingo: School board selects next superintendent

Kenyon-Wanamingo: Music instructors drum up new ways to recognize students

Litchfield: School board votes to end distance learning on May 22

Little Falls: School district confirms first case of COVID-19 involving a staff member

Little Falls: Mayor proclaims May 15-24 as time to show appreciation for high school Class of 2020

Little Falls: High school students continue to help each other amidst school closing

Luverne: Graduation banners honor seniors

Mora: Voters approve bond referendum question

Northfield: High school student combines talent with dedication to inspire others

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Graduation: Board continues formulating graduation plan

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Local businesses to host alternative prom

BRAINERD DISPATCH

COVID-19: Little Falls confirms staff member has virus

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Consolidation: Virginia, Eveleth-Gilbert vote to consolidate

Graduation: East High School seniors push for more than a virtual graduation

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Community: Crazy creative teachers putting smiles on students’ faces

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Survey: Teachers get an A

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Obituary: Chisholm School Board mourns loss of board director

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Communication: Superintendent hosts virtual Q&A on end of year plans

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Stewartville holds reverse parade for cap and gown pickup

Referendum: Voters reject Byron bond question

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Health: School kitchens have been busy while students are at home



TUESDAY, MAY 12

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Legislative session coming to a close soon

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Contact tracing next phase of virus plan

Funding: Give at Home raises $5 million for nonprofits and schools

Teaching: Parents say what they really think of distance learning

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Budget: South St. Paul rallies to save theater director from budget cuts

MPR

Enrollment: Redesign plan to go before Minneapolis board this week

MINNPOST

Column: Redesign is a small step toward equity for black children

Column: Redistricting plan doesn’t improve education equitably

USA TODAY

Testing: Students facing unusual AP testing process amid shutdown

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: Homeschool parents offer advice to public school parents

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Awards: School receives Promising Practices award

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Aitkin staff parade to show support for seniors

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Graduation: Plan put in place

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Community: Parents have prom, despite concerns

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: Students face added stress as essential workers

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Awards: Kasson-Mantorville receives national recognition

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Awards: Food service director wins national award



MONDAY, MAY 11

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Funding: U.S. Department of Education provides FAQs about Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

Politics: U.S. senator plans to introduce emergency e-rate legislation

Safety: School violence prevention grant, mental health resources available

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: Teachers, parents stress need to maintain personal connection with students

Column: My child has special learning needs and distance learning is helping

COVID-19: Health officials encourage more people to seek COVID-19 testing

Enrollment: Minneapolis superintendent in the spotlight with redistricting plan set for a vote

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Board: St. Paul chairwoman in critical condition with COVID-19

Graduation: Lawmakers push back as officials call for virtual graduation

MPR

Graduation: What would you say to the class of 2020?

MINNPOST

Funding: Schools grapple with new financial uncertainties amid pandemic

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House passes measure raising legal age to buy tobacco to 21

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: How school will change when students return to classrooms

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Distance learning is balance, teamwork

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Awards: School receives Promising Practices award

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Column: A thank-you from the Brainerd School Board

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Proctor continues senior symposium tradition

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Graduation: Plan put in place

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Graduation: From a tornado to a pandemic, this senior class endures

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: No prom, no problem

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Rochester seeks further guidance after state guidelines counteract its graduation plan

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Community: Prom safely marches on



FRIDAY, MAY 8

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Graduation: State leaders announce guidance for graduation ceremonies

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: Masks are another barrier for deaf and hard of hearing

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Stillwater Area finance director sues district, board chair

Transportation: Lake Elmo gives Stillwater Area a deadline to vacate bus terminal

MPR

Teaching: School leaders, families struggle to plan for summer and fall learning

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House approves $208 million in COVID-19 economic relief

EDUCATION DIVE

Politics: School administrators say new Title IX rules make jobs “more challenging”

Technology: Student internet access concerns rise as discounted hotspot programs end

NPR

Graduation: New York high school plans graduation at drive-in theater

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Edina School District hires assistant superintendent

Administration: Former Prior Lake-Savage Area superintendent Sue Ann Gruver dies at 72

Budget: Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board passes budget cuts

Distance learning: Amid challenges, distance learning brings new perspectives and connections in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools

Distance learning: Osseo Area School Board discusses distance learning

Graduation: Bloomington School District eyeing replacement commencement ceremonies

Planning: Stillwater Area School Board addresses COVID-19 impacts; high school makes new graduation plans

Technology: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan elementary school teacher uses 3D printers to make PPE equipment

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Butterfield-Odin: State official applauds school district

Ely: School district on track for facility referendum

Menahga: District hosting drive-in graduation

Nevis: District looking at two graduation options

Park Rapids Area: High school plans drive-in graduation

St. James: School officials adjust grading scale

St. Louis County: School board hires assistant principal for elementary school

Stewartville: Graduation ceremony set for July 24

St. Peter: District plans virtual graduation

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: Students get to see their teachers

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Pequot Lakes considers mobile graduation

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Noel Schmidt to become superintendent of Virginia-Eveleth-Gilbert schools

Graduation: Lift bridge will be lit to honor graduates

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Graduation: Fertile honors seniors on main street

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Politics: Elections bill could make major changes in how we vote

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Teaching: Teen spends senior year advocating for alternative learning



THURSDAY, MAY 7

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Distance learning: Minnesota Department of Education updates distance learning guidance

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: 30 deaths set new daily high for virus

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Policy Committee approves omnibus education policy bill

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Jordan Superintendent Matt Helgerson announces resignation

Administration: Eight candidates vying for Eastern Carver County superintendent position

Distance learning: Central School District prepares for another month of distance learning

Distance learning: Attendance increases across the board for Eden Prairie students

Distance learning: Shakopee survey pinpoints who's logging in to distance learning and how teachers, parents are faring

Distance learning: Waconia School District lays out plans for remainder of school year

Graduation: Chanhassen, Chaska high school graduations postponed to July 25

Schedule: St. Louis Park School District considers options for future schedules

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Adrian: School board selects Molly Schilling as next superintendent

Pine Island: School district sues travel company

Red Wing: School board starts digging into five-year outlook

Waseca: District boosts morale with cruise around school

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Reaching another milestone

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Brainerd construction projects progress

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Duluth plans virtual graduation

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Graduation: Senior drive-thru set up for decision day

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Graduation: Schools get creative in planning graduation ceremonies

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Communication: District website gets mobile-friendly makeover

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID-19: Video shows commitment to unity in fighting virus

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board approves bids for renovations

Graduation: St. Cloud plans individual graduation ceremonies



WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Distance learning: Minnesota Department of Education updates distance learning guidance

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Worthington, St. Cloud fuel COVID-19 rise

Editorial: Report shows long-term benefits for distance learning

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: Minnesota’s $1.5 billion surplus is now a $2.4 billion deficit

MINNPOST

Distance learning: Teachers point to ways Minnesota can build back better

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota’s new budget forecast projects $2.4 billion deficit

Politics: House Government Operations Committee approves creation of cybersecurity commission

Politics: House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division approves higher education omnibus bill

REUTERS

Safety: U.N. agency warns children at risk of cyberbullying as pandemic pushes them online

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Community: NRHEG celebrates seniors

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Community: Nisswa students learn about community with virtual field trip

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Courts: Charter school sues Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert over bus garage

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: District now looking to cut $3.9 million

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Graduation: College degree first, then high school diploma



TUESDAY, MAY 5

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Ten legislative days remain in regular session

MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Budget: State officials to present updated budget projection for fiscal year 2020-2021

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Surgeries, other care set to resume

Enrollment: Minneapolis taking final comments on redistricting plan

Politics: Democrats advance bill guaranteeing pay for hourly school workers

MPR

Budget: COVID-19 damage to state budget will be assessed

Graduation: An uncertain fall means students are weighing their options

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House passes added wage protections for hourly school workers

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Division OKs omnibus E-12 education finance bill

Politics: Minnesota House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division approves bill aimed at reducing prekindergarten suspensions, expulsions

Politics: Minnesota House OKs elections bill that aims to minimize risk of voting amidst pandemic

Politics: Moratorium on new local sales tax requests part of property and local taxes mini-omnibus

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Reuniting with their teachers

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Seniors share disappointments and support

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Funding: Educare awards $76,000 in grants

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Administration: Marshall superintendent submits resignation

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Community: Teacher parade connects with kids

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Awards: Student goes above and beyond



MONDAY, MAY 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Graduation: Schools reimagine graduation ceremonies

COVID-19: Wider testing drives up virus count

Funding: Finance chief sees likely deficit from pandemic costs

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Graduation: Her senior year was challenging even before the pandemic

Graduation: Seniors face season of loss

MPR

Graduation: Today’s grads face a dim job market

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: School districts grapple with summer school logistics

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Policy Committee includes anti-lunch shaming provisions in omnibus E-12 education policy bill

Politics: Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee sends COVID-19 economic aid package to House floor

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Finance: Country’s largest school districts ask Congress for billions more in coronavirus relief

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Appreciating school district teachers

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: Grand Meadow staff connect with students

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Student success is principal’s priority

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Extracurricular: Speech team twins aim for national win

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Driver’s ed switches to online format

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Curriculum: Summer school could be delayed

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Driver’s ed switches to online format

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Pine Island Lions Club honors seniors

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Calendar: St. Cloud tweaks end of year plans

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Graduation: Seniors reflect on end of school year without closure



FRIDAY, MAY 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Stay at home extension has new flexibility

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Graduation: St. Paul to hold virtual ceremony

MPR

Graduation: How to decide post-high school plans during a pandemic

MINNPOST

Testing: Schools can host on-site assessments that can’t be done remotely

SESSION DAILY

Politics: K-12 Innovation Research Zone Pilot program could be made permanent

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Graduation: Mountain Iron-Buhl does senior shout-outs

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Sports: Distance coaching continues despite sports being canceled

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: Blooming Prairie students gather for virtual bingo

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Virtual college tours replace the real thing

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Calendar: Breckenridge to finish the school year early

April 2020

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: School Finance Working Group meets remotely

Politics: U.S. education secretary announces new grant program through CARES Act

THE MSBA ADVOCATE WEEKLY

Politics: Committee meetings increase, time in session decreases

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Minnesota Republicans, DFLers split on economic relief for coronavirus

COVID-19: Gov. Walz to unveil what’s next for Minnesota after stay-at-home order

COVID-19: COVID-19 cases rise as testing increases

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: Minnesota allows for limited in-person testing despite closure

MPR

COVID-19: Gov. Walz decision on stay-at-home order due today

Higher education: Minnesota State system prepares for lessons ahead

KSTP

Transportation: Minnesota to pilot electric school bus program

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota Youth Council presses on with legislative initiatives

Politics: Bill would make state eligible for child protection, mental health federal funds

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: Returning to school buildings in the fall will be complicated

USA TODAY

COVID-19: What schools will look like when they reopen

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: American Federation of Teachers releases its plan for safely reopening schools

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Community: An emotional parade for Cedar Park Elementary School

Community: Waconia High School seniors sell shirts to mark year, give back to community

Distance learning: Eden Prairie’s schools teachers were ready for long-term closures — here’s how they are handling it

Distance learning: With schools closed for rest of academic year, Edina educators reflect on radical upheaval

Distance learning: Attendance emerges as a concern for St. Louis Park School District

Graduation: End of Jordan school year is bumped up, graduation plans are still up in the air

Referendum: Jordan School Board tables referendum survey

Referendum: Waconia School District talks operating levy for November ballot

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Alexandria: School district hires new assistant superintendent

Alexandria: Residents donates fish house to special education teacher for distance learning

Belle Plaine: School board considers graduation, career and technical education space

Cambridge-Isanti: School district to reduce budget by $3 million

Crookston: High school announces graduation plans

Crookston: School board reduces second grade sections in 2020-2021

Crookston: Distance learning theme emerges — it’s going great, except when it isn’t

McGregor: School board extends offer on new superintendent

Red Wing: School district looks at re-equipping its special education “toolbox”

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Higher education: Minnesota colleges, universities cautiously plan to reopen campuses in the fall

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Learning: Fairmont Area School Board approves creation of hybrid and online classes

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Waseca names next principal of junior/senior high school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: BOLD School District to move all elementary students to Olivia while addressing mold problems in Bird island building

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Graduation: Winona Area School Board lowers Area Learning Center graduation requirements to Minnesota minimum



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

THE MSBA ADVOCATE WEEKLY

Politics: Committee meetings increase, time in session decreases

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Duluth names new principal

COVID-19: Death toll surpasses 300 in state

Teaching: Teacher is at it 24/7 balancing home, virtual schooling

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Teaching: How distance learning is breaking parents

MPR

Politics: President Trump urges states to open schools before summer

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Committee reviews pared down version of the governor’s education policy proposal

Politics: Minnesota’s colleges and universities brace for turbulent financial future

Politics: House DFL leaders map out 2020 session’s road forward

THE HILL

Teaching: Nation’s two biggest teachers unions would consider striking if schools reopen without proper safety measures in place

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: City approves banner project

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Making history online

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Curriculum: Brainerd approves curriculum changes

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Denfeld High School names principal

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Safety: Universities test drones to spray disinfectants on playgrounds

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

COVID-19: District reinstates child care fees

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester approves land purchase for new middle school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Buildings: Willmar middle school project on hold because of pandemic loss in revenue



TUESDAY, APRIL 28

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. education secretary releases waiver recommendation under CARES Act

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Committee meetings increase, time in session decreases

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Shelter at home decision to come this week

Health: School counselors connecting with students from a distance

MINNPOST

Teaching: Students, parents and teachers reflect on four weeks of distance learning

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers advance broadband expansion bill as demand intensifies

Politics: Minnesota House State Government Finance Division gives stamp of approval to vote-by-mail measure

CHALKBEAT

Politics: U.S. education secretary approves $180 million in coronavirus relief grants to expand remote learning options

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: President Trump urges states to consider opening schools before summer

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: U.S. education secretary recommends maintaining core aspects of special education law amid pandemic

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Awards: School receives Level 1 status

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Health: COVID-19 case confirmed at Bemidji school construction site

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Finance: Pine River-Backus expands search for bonds to fund facilities projects

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Community: Moorhead yearbook will capture student life during pandemic

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Special ed co-op will consolidate programs

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Curriculum: Teachers get creative to continue experiential learning

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

COVID-19: Distance learning will permanently change schools

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Graduation: Curbside pickup of cap, gowns marks the end of year for seniors

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Willmar teachers miss their kids



MONDAY, APRIL 27

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. Department of Education opens applications for CARES Act funds

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Daily deaths hit 28

Editorial: Pandemic targets Minnesota’s racial gaps

Graduation: Grand Rapids billboard celebrates seniors

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: Minnesota makes plans for in-person instruction and home visits despite school closure

MPR

Teaching: Homeless students hit hard by shuttered schools

WCCO

Video: Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker discusses distance learning

ABC NEWS

COVID-19: Study links school closures with increase in adolescent mental health problems

Distance learning: Digital divide persists for many students nationwide, particularly in rural areas

NPR

COVID-19: Staggered schedules, smaller class sizes among ideas to safely reopen schools

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

COVID-19: Coronavirus likely to shape children’s collective experience

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Budget: Waconia School Board OKs facilities, capital budgets

Budget: Waconia School District zeroes in on debt recovery plan

Community: Community members to receive free flags to display in support of Stillwater Area students

Honors: Osseo Area awarded Certificate of Excellence in Finance Reporting

Honors: Osseo Area earns 2020 Best Communities for Music Education honor

Honors: Maple Grove students win national medals in 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Personnel: Edina School District hires elementary deans for added support

Personnel: Minnetonka School District names new communications specialist

Personnel: Waconia School District cuts staff due to coronavirus pandemic

Program: Safety is a priority for Forest Lake Area schools child care workers

Program: Donations sought for St. Louis Park High School journalism endowment

Testing: Three Bloomington Jefferson High School students earn perfect scores on the ACT

Transportation: Lake Elmo City Council to vote on Stillwater Area bus terminal on May 5

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

COVID-19: State outlines education challenges

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Politics: Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks about e-learning and broadband

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Column: Building our future

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Health: Schools continue to provide meal distribution

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Grading: Some schools are making grades pass-fail

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

COVID-19: Cruise through parking lot connects students, staff

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID: Yearbook students document a chaotic year

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Discipline: Albany Area coach out after sex assault charge

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Crisis becomes learning opportunity for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg



FRIDAY, APRIL 24

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Schools will offer distance learning through the end of the school year

Editorial: Minnesota’s turn-the-dial approach brings welcome news for workers, but not schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: St. Paul program starts career exploration in preschool

Sports: MSHSL cancels all spring sports

MPR

Safety: What it might look like to reopen schools

Teaching: Harried parents forgo home schooling

MINNPOST

Attendance: Keeping attendance during distance learning paints an incomplete picture

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal would give school boards authority to renew expiring referendums

Politics: House health panel weighs in on partnership aimed at expanding state's COVID-19 testing

Politics: Lawmakers aim to bring child care program into federal compliance

Politics: Vote-by-mail issue could be hurdle to bipartisan deal on 2020 election assistance

EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: U.S. education secretary releases billions more in coronavirus education aid

THE HECHINGER REPORT

COVID-19: School districts slowly finding ways to cope with COVID-19

COVID-19: Coronavirus opens doors to rethinking education

REUTERS

COVID-19: School shutdowns threat to deepen digital divide

USA TODAY

Distance learning: Families of special education students struggling with distance learning plans

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Health: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board member deals with COVID-19-like symptoms

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Banners show support for seniors

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Teaching: Pequot Lakes prepping for a fall like no other

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Graduation: Schools plan to honor class of 2020

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Board cuts $1.5 million, intends to cut another million

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Teaching: Schools prepared to extend distance learning

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Teaching: New Ulm School Board reviews distance learning

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Administration: Minnetonka names assistant superintendent

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: Dover-Eyota schools partner with Channel One food bank



THURSDAY, APRIL 23

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Governor Walz to order Minnesota schools closed the rest of the year

COVID-19: Governor Walz rolls out virus test plan

 

Awards: Robbinsdale School of Engineering and Arts receives national award for being green

Enrollment: Parents vocal about Minneapolis restructuring plan

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: $9.8 million in funding awarded to child care providers

MINNPOST

COVID-19: Why the state of Minnesota isn’t sure how (or when) it will be able to spend federal COVID-19 response money

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Honors: U.S. Department of Education recognizes Robbinsdale School of Engineering and Arts as a 2020 Green Ribbon School

EDUCATION DIVE

Testing: Eighth-graders’ NAEP scores drop in U.S. history, geography

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Honors: U.S. News & World Report releases 2020 best high schools list

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Fridley elementary school principal set to retire after 14 years

Administration: Minnetonka School District names assistant superintendent

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

Distance learning: Bloomington School Board, staff discuss successes and challenges of distance learning

Distance learning: A day in the life of an Eastern Carver County School District teacher

Distance learning: Elk River Area School Board praises district’s response to COVID-19 challenge

Distance learning: Hopkins families with special education students navigate distance learning

Distance learning: Robbinsdale Area English learning students adjust to virtual learning

Facilities: Eden Prairie School Board approves most bids for middle school project

Facilities: Elk River Area School Board approves bids for improvement projects

Negotiations: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board approves teacher contract

Program: Wayzata High School’s Y.E.S. students continue to serve the community from home

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Alexandria: Virus delays elementary school realignment and remodeling plans

Alexandria: Teachers overcoming challenges of distance learning

Blooming Prairie: First-grade teacher helps flatten the curve

Brandon-Evansville: Graduation still up in the air; principal resigns

Carlton: Superintendent resigns

Carlton and Wrenshall: Debt equalization bill moving through the Minnesota Senate

Detroit Lakes: Activities, graduation still on hold for students

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva: Teachers deal with challenges

North Branch Area: Darryl Goebel resigns from school board

Owatonna: Teacher provides 3D printing for COVID-19 shields

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: District rolls out new distance coaching program

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Teaching: Online is no substitute for face-to-face classes with music teachers

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Duluth superintendent contract lays out evaluation and communication process

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Planning: District resumes strategic planning virtually

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Community: Teachers go on tour of kindness

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Safety: Board approves new secure entrance for Medford high school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester looks north after city declines to annex southwest site



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Spread of coronavirus exposes racial inequalities

Higher education: University of Minnesota to freeze tuition next school year

Negotiations: St. Paul School Board approves new teacher contract

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Community: A drive-by show of support — kids and parents parade for Woodbury teachers

Negotiations: St. Paul School Board formally approves deal that ended teacher strike

MPR

COVID-19: Minnesota put $200 million into a COVID-19 fund — where is it going?

Higher education: University of Minnesota freezes tuition for most students next year

Politics: Minnesota DFL lawmakers continue push for mail-in voting

Politics: U.S. Senate OKs bipartisan deal for $484 billion more in coronavirus aid

MINNPOST

COVID-19: Seventeen more deaths equal largest one-day spike in Minnesota

Politics: COVID-19 has even changed the way the Minnesota Legislature appropriates money

EDUCATION DIVE

Report: Teacher pension debt is “crowding out” funding for education

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Division advances measure aimed at protecting hourly school employees’ pay

USA TODAY

COVID-19: Most states’ education leaders say their buildings will remain closed until at least late summer or fall

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: Albert Lea Area rolls out new distance coaching program

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Teaching: School library media specialists wear many hats through COVID-19 transition

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Administration: Duluth School Board approves superintendent contract

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Facilities: Low interest rates may have districts moving on facilities project without Pine Island

Teaching: Teachers turn to TikTok to quickly demonstrate labs, exercises and more

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Food service: Dover-Eyota School District partners with regional food bank

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: St. Cloud Area superintendent appoints two elementary school principals

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Transportation: Winona Area School Board folds transportation duties into existing staff



TUESDAY, APRIL 21

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Education committees meeting this week to discuss School Trust Lands, pay for hourly employees, child care, vaping

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Back to business with virtual committee meetings and floor sessions

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Officials scramble to find safe place for senior citizens

Editorial: Early education programs are feeling the effects of COVID-19

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Teaching: Twin Cities schools report widespread absences during distance learning

MPR

COVID-19: School counselors have a message for students that it is OK to not be OK

Teaching: Students with special needs could slip behind

NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION

Administration: NSBA names Anna Maria Chávez executive director and CEO

REUTERS

COVID-19: School closures put homeless students at risk

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Administration: Farmington Area School Board offers superintendent position to interim superintendent

Budget: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board agrees on budget adjustments

COVID-19: Residents reminded to avoid group gatherings at Wayzata School District athletic fields

Distance learning: Mahtomedi School District practices distance learning

Technology: Apple Valley robotics team is 3D-printing protective equipment for medical workers

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Fulda: School board votes to proceed with bids for boiler replacement

Hancock: District monitors distance learning

Le Sueur-Henderson: Distance learning brings new opportunities and new challenges to classrooms

Litchfield: District making education work, keeping hope during pandemic

Litchfield: New custodial director joins district

Litchfield: Board votes against teacher’s leave request

Little Falls: Student sews and donates hundreds of homemade masks

Little Falls, Swanville and Upsala Area: Distance learning is a new adventure for both students and teachers

Minnewaska Area: Voter support of technology levy proves prophetic

Morris Area: Elementary school teachers using several methods for distance learning

Morris Area: High school greets distance learning with unique ideas

Waseca: District cancels junior high spring activities

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: District moves graduation ceremony to July 24

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: School construction continues during pandemic

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Health: District helps families with free school lunches

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Extracurriculars: Mankato to expand winter extracurricular options

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Teaching: Students are adapting to distance learning

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Teaching: Impact of distance learning will live on

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Administration: Sauk Rapids-Rice selects new principal



MONDAY, APRIL 20

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. Congress stalled on additional emergency relief

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: 13 deaths in one day as virus cases increase

Funding: Schools will have to detail how they spend money for struggling students

MPR

Teaching: With school year in disarray, students feel lost

THE ATLANTIC

COVID-19: Pandemic is a crisis for students with special needs

EDUCATION DIVE

COVID-19: Coronavirus not expected to impact education funding until next school year

EDUCATION WEEK

COVID-19: Thirty-two states, plus D.C., have called for schools to stay closed for rest of year

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Budget: Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board asks for second try after district proposes budget cuts

Budget: Shakopee School District to reduce stipends for coaches and advisers

COVID-19: Spring Lake Park School District packs, delivers meals to students

Facilities: Lake Elmo City Council to hear permit for Stillwater Area bus terminal

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Barnum: School officials thank staff for work during distance learning

Lester Prairie: School board to approve construction contracts

Maple River: Superintendent commends teachers, staff on distance learning

New Richland-Hartdale-Ellendale-Geneva: Workers coordinate efforts to prepare, deliver hundreds of meals

North Branch Area: School board selects next superintendent

Onamia: District’s graduation rate highest on record among American Indian students

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Take this time to engage at home

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Technology: A new way of teaching

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Technology: Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference honors students

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth faces large deficit

COVID-19: Northland seniors share their struggles

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Elections: Faribault revokes resolution to be subject to primary election system, filing dates moved to July

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Teaching: Distance learning could stay in schools for remainder of year



FRIDAY, APRIL 17

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minnesota joins coalition on when to open up economy

MPR

Teaching: To stay in touch with students, teachers pick up phones

MINNPOST

Enrollment: Minneapolis redesign moves magnet schools and boundaries

FINANCE & COMMERCE

Buildings: How outstate schools are figuring out ways to update facilities

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Secretary of state pushes for vote-by-mail amid coronavirus concerns

Politics: COVID-19 pandemic worsening state’s child care crisis

Politics: State health officials say testing is key for COVID-19 strategy

Politics: Lawmakers consider post-pandemic workforce development needs

Politics: House committee discusses $67 million appropriation for public safety and disaster contingency

EDUCATION DIVE

COVID-19: Report details education leaders’ greatest concerns about potential pandemic fallout

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

COVID-19: Wisconsin governor closes schools for the year, extends order to stay at home until May 26

NPR

COVID-19: Half of U.S. public schools are home for the school year

BRAINERD DISPATCH

COVID: Brainerd School Board hesitant to cancel summer parks and rec programs

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area School District names two principals

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Buildings: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop to discuss land sale

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

COVID-19: With low child care numbers for emergency workers, fees outside of school day possible

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Testing: Students prepare for changes to AP test format



THURSDAY, APRIL 16

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minnesota sees 8 more deaths; 114 cases

MPR

Teaching: Immigrant families face complex challenges with distance learning

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division hears bill to save students from abrupt college closures

EDSOURCE

Testing: Students may take SAT, ACT exams at home this fall if schools remain closed

NPR

Distance learning: Educators get creative to serve students with disabilities

U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Distance learning: Schools struggle to educate students with disabilities amid pandemic

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Distance learning: Distance learning is full of challenges and silver linings for Eden Prairie teachers and students

Distance learning: Richfield Public Schools attack distance learning challenges

Distance learning: Shakopee students and teachers adjust to a not-so-normal new normal

Facilities: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approves bids, financing for artificial turf fields

Honors: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan high school students win video production awards

Honors: Perpich Arts students receive national awards

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Park Rapids Area: School board to add two teachers and a social worker

Park Rapids Area: Building trades house to be sold “as is”

Pelican Rapids: Death of superintendent saddens community

Pequot Lakes: Distance learning is not one-size-fits-all

Pipestone Area: Student loses earned D.C. trip to pandemic

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: We are all persevering together

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Graduation: Principal keeps hope alive for in-person graduation ceremony

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Awards: Hermantown superintendent named Administrator of Excellence

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Community: Teachers, students using 3D printers to make mask components

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Teaching: Sleepy Eye discusses distance learning

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Will city support annexation for new school?

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Referendum: COVID-19 pauses school referendum planning



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: CDC, Minnesota Department of Health provide health guidance for school-age child care programs

Politics: U.S. education secretary releases guidance for Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

Politics: Minnesota Senate committee discussing education finance, policy

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Enrollment: Minneapolis hears voicemail testimony before looming vote

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers pass fourth COVID-19 relief package

Sports: MSHSL cautiously optimistic about spring sports resuming

MPR

Hiring: Closed schools begin to lay off, furlough staff

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Policy provisions take center stage in latest COVID-19 response bill

Politics: House debates — but doesn’t vote to end — governor’s peacetime emergency order

THE HILL

Court: Federal court blocks rollback of some school nutrition standards

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Budget: Austin School Board approves amendments to budget as it adapts to changes from COVID-19

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Negotiations: Blue Earth Area approves contract

Teaching: Fairmont Area works through distance learning

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Community: Albany Area schools offer support in wake of arrest

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Voters approve bond in Benson, reject request in Montevideo



TUESDAY, APRIL 14

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: COVID-19 beginning to impact state budget

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Back to business with virtual committee meetings

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: Irondale robotics team makes face shields for health care workers with 3D printer

COVID-19: Restarting economy requires jump in testing

Crime: Albany teacher charged with sexual assault of student

MPR

Graduation: High school seniors reflect on abrupt ending to year

KEYC

COVID-19: Mankato Area teachers come together to make masks using 3D printers

KSTP

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers to vote on new COVID-19 bill

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Coronavirus-fueled economic uncertainty muddies state budget planning

THE WASHINGTON POST

COVID-19: Education leaders say millions of public school students will suffer from school closures

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Budget: Prior Lake-Savage Area cuts work for more than 100 staff members as COVID-19 impacts revenue

COVID-19: From porch concerts to story time videos and letters, students are making a difference during pandemic

Distance learning: St. Louis Park students adjust to learning from home

Extracurriculars: Minnetonka High School student takes first in STEM research competition

Extracurriculars: Wayzata High School team in the national finals for math modeling challenge

Technology: Robbinsdale Area School District recognized by EdTech Magazine

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Ely: Remote meetings are the new reality for school board

Fillmore Central: District offers programs for all levels of child development

Stewartville: District projects enrollment for 2020-2021 school year

St. James: Two students to have their films featured in livestreamed event

Tracy Area: Learning from a distance is no small feat

Windom Area: School board to meet online

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Students earn awards at state science fair

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Community: Organizations for disabled adults struggle

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Community: Marshall adds two meal sites

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Teaching: One-on-one opportunities a silver lining during distance learning

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Election: Voters in Benson, Montevideo are going to the polls for bond votes



MONDAY, APRIL 13

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: U.S. Senate divided over next round of stimulus funding

Politics: Minnesota House elections subcommittee hears secretary of state’s proposed changes to elections

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: New cases hit triple digits

COVID-19: Driver’s education goes online for now

Buildings: Lake Elmo may reject proposed solution to Stillwater Area school property

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Graduation: Signs for area’s seniors

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: International friendships create learning opportunities

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID-19: Pandemic alters exchange students’ plans

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Community: Mabel-Canton student works to stay positive



FRIDAY, APRIL 10

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Fund transfer guidance, sample resolution available for school districts

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: 11 new deaths reported from virus

MINNPOST

Testing: AP exams scheduled for May, IB exams canceled

EDUCATION DIVE

Data: Report urges school leaders to start planning for coronavirus-related learning gaps now

WIRED

Digital learning: When school is online, the digital divide grows greater

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Music program receives national recognition

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Election: Absentee ballots available for consolidation vote

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

COVID-19: Volunteers needed to make masks for school employees

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Hiring: Sleepy Eye School Board supports coach compensation plan

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Rochester presents plans for new elementary school

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Buildings: MACCRAY approves new building plan



THURSDAY, APRIL 9

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Minnesota Department of Health offers masking recommendations for schools

COVID-19: School board meeting guidance, distance learning resources updated on MSBA website

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Budget: St. Paul School District eyes 2020-2021 budget

COVID-19: Gov. Walz extends stay-at-home order to May 4

Editorial: Iowa, Dakotas should join Minnesota in COVID-19 fight

Honors: Wayzata High School students advance as finalists in national math competition

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: Here’s why Gov. Walz extended stay-at-home to May 4

MPR

Higher education: University of Minnesota considers budget cuts due to COVID-19 pandemic

MINNPOST

COVID-19: What you need to know about Minnesota’s revised stay-at-home order

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Lawmakers consider temporary changes to election process to address COVID-19 pandemic

Politics: Remote meeting participation could extend past current emergency

CHALKBEAT

Technology: Newark School District drops Zoom amid online security concerns

EDUCATION DIVE

Survey: Superintendents want flexibility on assessments, reporting requirements, chronic absenteeism during shutdown

SUBURBAN PUBLICATIONS

Technology: Robbinsdale Area teachers use 3D printers to create ventilator supplies

GREATER MINNESOTA PUBLICATIONS

Crookston: High school seniors get caps and gowns, while keeping a safe distance

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial: Fifth-graders react to online learning

Mankato Area: School district to close playgrounds to combat COVID-19

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Be the Light: Schools turn on the lights to show students they are missed

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Honors: While teaching from a distance, Lake Park-Audubon teacher is recognized as one of Minnesota’s top 10 teachers

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: St. James and Tri-City United school districts select next superintendents

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Facilities: School construction projects move forward in Marshall

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Personnel: Rochester School District looks to add sixth school resource officer

ST. CLOUD TIMES

COVID-19: Outbreak puts proms, graduations in flux

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Willmar High School releases video showing how much teachers miss students



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: School board meeting guidance, distance learning resources updated on MSBA website

Politics: Minnesota House subcommittee meeting remotely to discuss elections

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Gov. Walz to tweak stay at home provisions

Enrollment: Minneapolis delays vote on redistricting plan

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Budget: New process, no major changes to St. Paul budget

Obituary: Former St. Paul superintendent Pat Harvey dies at age 72

Teaching: Finalists named for Teacher of the Year

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Division considers greater protections for hourly school workers

CHALKBEAT

Finance: Spending cuts could disproportionately hurt low-income districts

EDUCATION DIVE

Open meeting law: School boards navigate open meeting law during closure

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Security: Hackers target video conference calls during pandemic

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Distance learning: Early signs show distance learning is a success at Anoka-Hennepin

Distance learning: Orono School District implements distance learning

Distance learning: Carver County schools roll out distance learning protocols

Finance: Anoka-Hennepin approves nearly $100 million in bonds for next phase of construction project

Honors: Bloomington seniors earn National Scholastic Art Competition medals

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Big Lake and Monticello: School districts adjust to online learning

Cambridge-Isanti: District outlines distance learning plan

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle: Teacher’s Facebook group helps educators produce effective distance learning

Monticello: District issues annual non-renewal of contracts

North Branch Area: School board narrows superintendent list to two candidates

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Teaching: Families adjust to new normal of distance learning

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Communication: How an incident at Duluth’s East High School changed the way a district communicates

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

COVID-19: Schools reach out to absent students by turning on the lights

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Preschool: United Community Action partnership to bring Willmar Head Start under one roof



TUESDAY, APRIL 7

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota House Education Finance Division meeting remotely to discuss compensation for hourly employees

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: COVID-19 response workgroups and House Education Committee hearings

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Gov. Walz weighs modified stay at home order

Column: Minneapolis aid leaves out charter school families

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: Virus is mild and rarely fatal for kids, data shows

MPR

Teaching: How is distance learning going?

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Technology: Schools in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas ditch Zoom amid concerns over online learning security

POLITICO

Politics: U.S. education secretary to announce new waiver flexibility for existing K-12 funds

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Thank you for making distance learning work

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Mankato Area begins prepping for budget cuts

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Teaching: Marshall sees good attendance, some struggles with distance learning

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Election: Byron School District continues plan for election in May



MONDAY, APRIL 6

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota Senate COVID-19 Response Working Group to discuss budget today

Politics: U.S. Congress in recess, but preliminary plans are forming for fourth emergency bill

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Distance learning: Twin Cities schools report mostly smooth transition to distance learning

Plan: Minneapolis School Board plans vote on redistricting proposal

State of the State: Gov. Walz calls for a united Minnesota amid COVID-19 pandemic

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Administration: Stillwater Area official picked to be next superintendent in Hastings

Distance learning: St. Paul’s plan to keep teaching through the coronavirus pandemic

State of the State: Gov. Walz addresses coronavirus, economy and Minnesota future

MPR

COVID-19: Schools are closed across Minnesota — but stadium lights still brighten the night

COVID-19: Minnesota bracing for possible budget deficit because of COVID-19

COVID-19: Is it safe — and ethical — to send you child to day care?

State of the State: Gov. Walz says staying at home is the only vaccine we have right now

MINNPOST

Higher education: Amid COVID-19 uncertainties, Minnesota colleges are trying to hang on to prospective students

KARE 11

Distance learning: Minnesota education commissioner discusses first week of distance learning

SESSION DAILY

State of the State: Gov. Walz urges Minnesotans to stick together during troubling time

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Distance learning: Experts consider longtime impact online learning will have on the U.S. education system

NEWSWEEK

Politics: U.S. senators push to close “homework gap” by providing Wi-Fi to 12 million kids in next coronavirus stimulus bill

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Crookston: Early reviews are solid for distance learning

Tri-City United: Three superintendent candidates move to second round of interviews

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Distance learning: Teachers, parents discuss ups and downs of distance learning

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Nutrition: Meal distribution for Duluth’s children will continue despite public school recess

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

COVID-19: Warroad high school senior 3D-prints masks for health care workers

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

COVID-19: Breckenridge High School students help in a time of need



FRIDAY, APRIL 3

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota Senate working group to discuss COVID-19 response

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Minneapolis closes beaches, pools and programs for the entire summer

COVID-19: Minnesota high school sports return in doubt

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

COVID-19: Gov. Walz says “relatively slim” chance students return to school

MPR

COVID-19: University of Minnesota designers build prototypes to fill the urgent needs for masks and ventilators

Distance learning: Minnesota’s first week of distance learning

MINNPOST

COVID-19: Minnesota has 742 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Distance learning: Distance learning begins for area students

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Proctor teacher helps in the fight against COVID-19

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Project: Rochester student tests technology's ability to provide mental health help



THURSDAY, APRIL 2

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

COVID-19: Feedback sought for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Equity: Minnesota of Department of Education provides Equity Lens Reflection resource

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: With 689 cases, state upset with lack of testing supplies

MPR

Community: Chefs team up with schools to offer spring break fare

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House of Representatives’ remote rules meeting a likely preview for things to come

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Distance learning: More than 9 million K-12 students lack access to home internet

Distance learning: Districts, teachers stepping up to help bridge digital divide

BEMIDJI PIONEER

COVID-19: Schools to close buildings to public

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

COVID-19: Duluth students to receive classwork Thursday

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

COVID-19: Austin students celebrate spirit week online

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Health: Mold issues return to BOLD elementary



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

COVID-19: CDC predicts 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from virus

COVID-19: Minnesota deaths at 12; cases at 629

Editorial: Support, patience needed as teaching goes online

MINNPOST

Teaching: What the first day of distance learning looked like

EDUCATION DIVE

COVID-19: Pandemic could lead to major upheaval in school district budgets

BRING ME THE NEWS

Testing: Minnesota receives federal approval to cancel statewide tests

CHALKBEAT

COVID-19: Many educators trying to balance teaching and parenting as classes shift online

EDSOURCE

COVID-19: California schools unlikely to reopen this school year

BEMIDJI PIONEER

COVID-19: Schools take care of emergency workers’ children

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

COVID-19: Pandemic may put a hold on school strategic planning

NEW ULM JOURNAL

COVID-19: New Ulm logs in first week of distance learning

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

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