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At their first retreat with new Superintendent Ed Graff, board members tore into their plans to improve graduation rates, test scores and other measures of academic achievement.
Officials will take a hard look at ambitious Acceleration 2020.
The results all but guarantee the state will not reach its goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017.
The trend is especially pronounced in Minneapolis high schools and raises questions about accuracy of test scores.
Gordon Mortrude challenged teachers to treat their students with respect and kindness, even at times when students were acting out. This was back in the…
An unusual clause triggered the nearly $800,000 payout, including $208,000 in health insurance benefits.
Silva is leaving two years before her contract was set to expire. Her six-year tenure was marked by gains in graduation rates and policies aimed at improving outcomes for minority students, but her time was recently marred by declining enrollment and questions of school safety.
Bill Davis had been set to face trial next week on federal charges for spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on lavish trips, personal charges, cars and other questionable spending.
Bill Davis, the former head of Community Action of Minneapolis, was set to face trial next week on more than a dozen federal theft and fraud charges. Jordan Davis, Bill's son, is still expected to stand trial.
Minneapolis superintendent choice is granted a variance by a state board; he'll start July 1.
The state Board of School Administrators says it needs more information from the school district.
District officials are investigating the relationship between Lucilla Davila and the Windom Enrichment Resource Center, an after-school program she helped create.
The district investigating Lucilla Davila, who has received more than $26,000, in a possible conflict of interest.
He will be paid $225,000 per year and will start July 1.
In a boardroom that has echoed with the demands of protesters, the cries of parents and the frustration of board members, the quiet presence of…
Expert says the cost, one of the most expensive in the country in recent years, is not unreasonable.
New superintendent faces hard work, but with support, in Minneapolis.
In a 6-3 vote, Graff was chosen over Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, to end a 16-month search.
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and outgoing Anchorage Superintendent Ed Graff were asked about equity, school budgets and discipline.
The two Minneapolis schools finalists may have vastly different backgrounds, but each believes rebuilding trust will be their first task if they get the job.
Next week, the school board will interview Brenda Cassellius, who has led the state's Education Department since 2011, and Ed Graff, superintendent of the Anchorage school district
The district failed to budget for expenses such as pension contributions. The shortfall will be made up by getting rid of two investment funds.
Roosevelt High School Principal Michael Bradley roams the halls at a time when most students should be in class. Here comes a student heading to…
Goar has worked in public school districts since 1999.
Minnesota Comeback made $2.7 million in donations to schools in an effort to help Minneapolis combat some of the largest achievement gaps in the country between white and low-income and minority students.
Brenda Cassellius has served as commissioner for five years.
California plaintiffs lose appeal in anti-tenure battle similar to one in Minnesota.
The lawsuit is the third of its kind in the nation and will likely bring a fierce debate.
Only 48 students South High took the math exam in 11th grade — out of 405 students. Statewide, less than 2 percent of all students opted out of that test.
New group of foundations funds Minneapolis teacher program, charter school expansion.
The board selected six community members, including a student and principal.
Joan Munzner loved her students, fencing, hedgehogs and all things French.The longtime teacher died last month at age 81 after a long battle with Parkinson's.Munzner,…
More than half of all teachers in St. Paul earn more than $75,000 a year, wages not seen by most teachers across the state.
Selection committee will see trimmed list of applicants, with final choice due in June.
While overall metro school enrollment grew by only 3 percent in the past five years, some districts are scrambling to adjust to dramatic changes. Minnetonka's up, Burnsville's down and others are seeing populations shift.
More students of color are getting diplomas, rates are up since 2010.
Minneapolis, St. Paul and metro schools among hundreds falling short of new state law.
District looking at ways to better distribute money.
Daylong event gives parents a chance to compare public, charter options in the Minneapolis district.
In board meetings, Facebook forums and e-mails to the board, some community members are saying they hope Michael Thomas applies.
The district will ditch its search firm and expects to have a new superintendent by July.
Michael Goar, interim superintendent of the Minneapolis School District, said Saturday that he has become a distraction in the contentious process.
Minneapolis school board members say they want to do less micromanaging.
After dropping Sergio Paez, it considers its next steps in filling the superintendent job.
The Minneapolis school board dumped Sergio Paez as its choice to lead the district, and a move to offer the job to interim superintendent Michael Goar was put on hold after protesters interrupted the meeting.
School board members say interim superintendent's Massachusetts connection should have been disclosed.
Six sources close to the debate said Sergio Paez appears to be lacking majority support going into a school board vote on Tuesday.
Sergio Paez was praised for programs and focus on students in Holyoke, Mass., but struggled to navigate the city's politics, according to the Minneapolis school board's site visit report.
One involved the principal suffering injuries at a North Side alternative high school.
Charter school supporters fight plan that would force them to integrate like other public schools.
Picked to head Minneapolis schools, Sergio Paez awaits a final decision after allegations about his former job.
Sergio Paez is in Minneapolis for talks about abuse allegations in previous district, other issues.
In its second year, Minneapolis' Winter Break Academy draws 800 high school students.
Almost all of the schools are elementary schools. No schools in the Minneapolis or St. Paul districts were recognized.
The superintendent finalist has supporters in his old district of Holyoke, Mass., but allegations have raised questions.
Marcella Walsh read “Jane, Stewardess of the Air Lines” when she was 9 years old and decided she, too, wanted to be a stewardess. The…
District suspends contract negotiations but did not rescind its offer to Paez for the superintendent job.
A receiver overseeing the organization's finances claimed the couple received $3,500 in trips, spa treatments and other perks from the defunct nonprofit.
The report comes just 48 hours after Sergio Paez was named Minneapolis superintendent.
Sergio Paez, the newly named superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, may take over the school district sooner rather than later. In a split vote Monday,…
The Colombia native most recently ran schools in Holyoke, Mass. The board voted for two board members to visit Holyoke before settling on a contract.
Sisi Mitchell pores over tables of data showing the number of homicides, assaults, arrests and community engagements with police in Minneapolis. Her task is to…
Community is divided over role of Minneapolis schools chief as interviews wind down and preferred candidate is picked Monday.
The three diverse candidates would bring different skills to the job. A finalist will be chosen Dec. 7.
The school board cut its list of finalists in half Wednesday. A final selection is expected by Dec. 7.
Closing the achievement gap is a common theme from Mpls. superintendent candidates
Six people, including an administrator from Houston, an associate superintendent in Anoka and a regional superintendent Milwaukee, were named semifinalists.
Bemidji charter school helps Indian students soar past peers.
Attorneys are asking for a metro-wide integration plan, including new school district boundaries.
Elementary students in Minneapolis and St. Paul attend schools that are more racially segregated than they have been in a generation.
The district canceled the pact after months of strife.
Minneapolis School District announces anti-violence campaign after the discovery at Henry High.
Heritage Academy loses contract following conflict between parents, board.
Test results also show the achievement gap persists. Still the state continues to outperform others across the country.
Theater shows, art exhibits and musical performances are all part of Roosevelt High School's strategy to engage students in school and ultimately boost achievement.
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