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Minneapolis Public Schools officials said they failed to vet literacy training materials that some teachers complained showed racially and culturally insensitive stereotypes. Earlier this…
Class of ’15 earned highest marks, but with a deep divide between white and minority students.
The students in Minnesota’s third-largest district started the year a couple of weeks before most of their peers.
Students are being asked to bring in everything from 75 pencils, $50 checks to flash drives on first day of school.
Most students in the Minneapolis School District will start class Monday. With that will come confusion over the bus a child needs to get on…
Robert Doty is leaving to oversee the finances and operations of the Harvest Network of Schools, a group of highly-rated charter schools in the city.
Pearson will give a $1 million credit after students faced numerous issues during exams.
Districts say buyouts are cheapest way to deal with troublesome employees.
New statewide standardized test results show no overall improvement in math, reading or science this year, as well as little progress in closing the state’s persistent achievement gap.
Former board chairman Richard Mammen was paid $10K to negotiate.
City seeks to resurrect the agency with new leadership.
St. Paul’s Dragon Festival unites different Asian cultures.
Minnesota state education officials are considering significant changes to a program intended to end racial segregation in schools and for the first time insisting that charter schools do more to diversify their classrooms.
Two top executives at Minneapolis Public Schools are semifinalists to lead the Robbinsdale School District.Michael Thomas, the district’s chief of schools, and Cecilia Saddler, associate…
Mitchell Trockman has been a teacher, a principal and an interim superintendent three times with the Minneapolis School District. After 53 years and a…
Driven by a need to close the achievement gap, district officials say they want more individualized learning for each student.
Results could be used by colleges to help shape future instruction.
The school board fears it hasn’t made its intentions clear: The job isn’t Michael Goar’s to lose.
Minneapolis interim Superintendent Michael Goar is plowing ahead with significant changes to the school district like no other temporary chief in recent history. In just…
The district has a multimillion- dollar deficit, but wants better pool access and lessons for kids.
Minneapolis district officials say the program will no longer accept students classified as Level 1 or 2 autistic because they can be served in their community schools, rather than in specialized programs.
Angel Onofre didn’t see much use for high school and was ready to drop out. An administrator at El Colegio charter school wouldn’t let him.
Shuttering comes after billings are questioned.
Officials want to build a multipurpose athletics facility and create a foundation to raise money for the district’s sports.
After months of steady progress in keeping students in schools, the number of suspensions for bad behavior has nearly doubled this semester.
Racial inequity is a “defining feature” of most school systems in the Midwest, report finds.
The actor sponsors the Minneapolis school’s participation in a program that encourages artistic expression.
The new model has some worried they’ll lose funding.
Michael Goar surprised board members recently when he expressed reservations about the cash-strapped district spending so much on a single sport.
Eight students wowed parents and food professionals with their cooking skills and healthy food choices.
Historic numbers of top students are exercising a little-known right.
When their dad walked into their classrooms Monday afternoon, Jaden, a second-grader, and the twins, kindergartens, had nearly identical reactions: stunned silence.
The legislative auditor will look into alleged double-billing for education programs.
Incoming CEO says the league remains committed to working with the Mpls. School District.
Top state officials and Minneapolis school leaders are investigating whether the Urban League is getting paid twice for similar work. “It’s alarming,” said Michael Goar, Mpls. interim schools chief, above.
Receiver for Community Action of Minneapolis also is questioning some debts.
Minneapolis struggles to stem the outflow to suburbs, charters or private schools.
A Star Tribune analysis found more than 17,000 students live in Minneapolis but currently attend schools in other districts. The map below shows how many…
The former head of Community Action of Minneapolis was to provide papers, interview.
Court-appointed receiver is looking into Community Action of Minneapolis finances.
Documents allege more misspending by Community Action, including by senior management for medical bills and for personal expenses of their friends. .
Proposal would break up state’s third-largest district into six smaller ones to foster reform.
District has strict accounting for credit card use, but questionable spending still gets missed.
Interim superintendent Michael Goar is favored by the president of the teachers union and some principals.
Patrick Henry sophomore Noah Branch will bring a new voice, one from students.
Nonprofit group scolds Mpls. schools for spending practices.
Mpls. Interim Superintendent Michael Goar says he will set up a clear improvement plan and immediately implement major district changes.
Accounts differ on how a sizable no-bid contract was awarded to a Memphis-based company.
They embody the battle that has gripped Minneapolis schools for decades as leaders grapple with one of the worst achievement gaps in the country.
Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, above, and other Minneapolis officials say they're taking action to balance needs with abilities.
Southwest High School will resume classes Thursday after it was shut down Wednesday because of a credible threat.
Parents were notified Monday that Lorraine Cruz would no longer be returning.
Jim Grathwol is resigning after 17 years working for the district.
New scrutiny revealed that cardholders were making unauthorized purchases and have routinely failed to produce receipts.
Minneapolis public schools employees are using district credit cards for unauthorized purchases — including personal use — and have routinely failed to follow expense policies, a Star Tribune review found. Some, including CEO Michael Goar, above, have reimbursed the district.
Winter is back with a vengeance. The snow emergencies may be over for now, but windchills were expected to drop to 25 to 30 degrees…
A Minneapolis couple were taken into custody Tuesday, five months after their newborn’s death.
Sick teachers are being forced to drag themselves to school when a substitute cannot be found. Principals are pressed into classroom duty when a teacher is absent. Students are split up and stuffed into other classrooms when a teacher is out.
But some groups struggle after funding for after-school enrichment programs is cut.
Los Angeles, Albuquerque, N.M., and Seattle have lost superintendents, increasingly bogged down by complex political landscapes and well-oiled resistance inside and outside urban districts.
The school board was scheduled to approve Johnson’s resignation late Wednesday and name the district’s chief executive, Michael Goar, as the interim superintendent.
Sensible Land Use Coalition award winners were noted for elevating function to art.
Organization spent over $1,200 on spa treatments at retreat.
Second-language requirement loses out to flexibility in Minneapolis schools plan.
The district is one of the first in the country to merge everything into one easy-to-understand computer dashboard, hoping the information will help close what has been one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between whites and students of color.
The policy is “legally and constitutionally suspect,” Peter Kirsanow wrote to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, above.
DeRay Mckesson is poised to break news the moment a grand jury investigating a police officer's shooting makes a decision.
100 days into his newly created role, director Michael Walker is asking for $1.2 million next year for outreach and cultural training for teachers. He also wants to create a new mentorship and leadership program for students, called BLACK.
Once a “big player,” district now must cut millions and fight for every student.
The change comes amid intensifying scrutiny of the way Minneapolis public schools treat minority students and in the wake of new data showing black students are 10 times more likely to be sent home than white students.
Senate committee looking into Hayden, Champion will not act until state reviews are done.
Rebecca Gagnon retained her citywide seat on the Minneapolis school board Tuesday and will be joined by former City Council Member Don Samuels.Gagnon and Samuels…
Records show airfares for the state senator and his wife were paid for by state-funded nonprofit, contradicting earlier statements.
The four candidates for citywide seats on the Minneapolis school board offer starkly divergent ideas on issues of teacher tenure, and student achievement and testing.…
An unprecedented amount of money is upending the race with hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from well-funded outside groups. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $100,000 to a political-action group that supports former City Council Member Don Samuels and newcomer Iris Altamirano.