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Anthony Lonetree

Reporter | St. Paul education
phone: 612-673-4109
Anthony Lonetree covers education in St. Paul and the east metro.
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Instructor Mary Harding, bottom center, led a warmup for ballet students at the Perpich Center for the Arts in 2017.

Students wanted at Perpich Center's arts high school

The House threatened to disband Perpich last year.
Gladys Westin, 80, former president of St. Paul Federation of Teachers

Gladys Westin, leader among St. Paul teachers, dies at 80

The 80-year-old's legacy as a teacher lives on in a college scholarship in her name.
Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, center, seen answering questions ahead of a possible teachers strike.

St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard charts back-to-basics approach

Schools chief says he'll focus on instruction, not infrastructure, to boost student achievement.
Nick Faber, president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, shown at a Nov. 15 rally.

St. Paul teachers ratify new two-year contract

Deal was reached Feb. 12 after strike threats and preparation.
Nick Faber, president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, says students will benefit as unions look beyond wages to other issues such as class siz

St. Paul teachers say they are looking beyond pay to student needs

"Bargaining for the common good" catches on with other teacher unions.
Tyra Hemans, 19, left, and Logan Locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, wait to board buses in Parkland

In Minnesota, growing support for student walkouts, with plans for protest Wednesday

Florida school shooting is prompting action, including a walkout and march in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard left spoke about the agreement with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers earlier this week.

Details of St. Paul teachers' contract are disclosed

The two sides averted a strike with a day to spare this week, but until Thursday kept much of the details under wraps.
St. Paul School Board Member Steve Marchese, shown in 2015.

St. Paul schools facing $17.2 million shortfall for 2018-19

Budget to be balanced in coming months.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard lspoke about the St. Paul Federation of Teachers reaching an tentative agreement early Monday, averting a strike t

Strike averted as St. Paul district reaches deal with teachers union

Plans for a strike set for Tuesday have been put on hold, but the tentative agreement still has to be ratified by the teachers union rank and file and the school board.
Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard answered questions Thursday from the media about the potential teacher strike.

St. Paul teacher talks go down to wire; union says deal 'still not close'

After marathon weekend meetings, union says deal still isn't close; district prepares plan in case of strike.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard and Mayor Melvin Carter, shown last month, got involved Saturday separately as talks with the teachers uni

As St. Paul teacher strike deadline looms, sizable disagreements remain

St. Paul district, teachers maintaining "unusually big" gap in proposals.
St. Paul Public schools Superintendent Joe Gothard answered questions from repporters about the potential teacher strike. With him were Jackie Turner,

St. Paul superintendent 'optimistic' that teacher strike can be averted

Both the district and teachers union are making preparations to care for kids if walkout happens.
Nick Faber, president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, spoke as others held signs while they protested at a CEO luncheon outside the Hilton hot

St. Paul teachers union firms up Tuesday strike date

St. Paul teachers will strike on Tuesday if a new contract is not settled in the coming days, the union announced Wednesday night.
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard, shown in July, was at the start of Monday's session but did not partake in talks.

Talks to avert St. Paul teachers' strike show progress

Plans are still being made, however, for a possible walkout within days.
Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers protested in 2017.

Teacher contract talks to ramp up over multiple days in St. Paul

One day of mediation now could be weeklong affair in effort to prevent strike.
Gaoshiaxa Cha, 7, stood alongside her mother Maysy Ly-Lo, an ELL educational assistant, to support the St. Paul teachers union as they gathered at the

St. Paul teachers, staffers authorize strike; 10-day countdown begins

By an overwhelming majority, St. Paul teachers and staff members have voted to authorize a strike and could walk off the job as early as Feb. 13.

St. Paul teacher contract differences

St. Paul Public Schools, the state’s second-largest district with nearly 38,400 students and about 3,100 teachers, is in the sixth month of negotiations with the…
Nick Faber, president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, spoke as others held signs while they protested in November.

St. Paul teachers to cast strike authorization votes Wednesday

Stalled talks over new contract prompt decision on authorizing walkout.
Nick Faber, president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, spoke at a Nov. 15 rally calling on CEOs to contribute as much to schools as the Super B

St. Paul teachers set strike authorization vote for Jan. 31

In response, school district activated its "strike action" team; mediation continues.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Joe Gothard and Mayor Melvin Carter held a a joint news conference to address the problems Monday with getting student

During storm, waiting turned to panic for St. Paul school parents

Mayor and schools superintendent 'regret' errors that stranded students, panicked parents.
Last year, students who live in Eden Prairie boarded a school bus to the Minnetonka district, they attend school.

Open enrollment keeps students, resources flowing into Minnetonka

Minnetonka school officials criticized on two fronts: Race and numbers.
New St. Paul School Superintendent Joe Gothard met with staff and students of Highland Park High School on the first day of school, Tuesday, September

Full slate awaits optimistic St. Paul schools' 'hero of hope'

Joe Gothard describes himself as a “hero of hope.” The new superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools has visited 55 district schools and shared photos…
Summit Brewing Co. experienced its first job reduction in its 32-year history this week. File photo of the company's 30-year anniversary beer.

As competition mounts, Summit Brewing makes its first layoffs

The St. Paul brewer laid off about a dozen people just after Christmas, or about 10 percent of its staff.
Kindergarteners worked on math skills at Mississippi Creative Arts School in 2015. The St. Paul School District expects a small, but unexpected, enrol

St. Paul Schools see slight uptick in key enrollment category

Small bump may yield new revenue, but trend is still pointed downward.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, shown in 2015, supported a bike-pedestrian safety proposal.

Property taxes, homeowners' voices are rising across Twin Cities

Double-digit percentage hikes that had drawn complaints in St. Paul are popping up in the suburbs, too.
Charlie Burbach

Charlie Burbach, St. Paul teacher and principal, dies at 84

Charlie Burbach didn’t care much for school when he was young, but he went on to be an accomplished educator, ultimately hosting a U.S. president…
A sea of high school students on their graduation night.

Graduation gowns in St. Paul to get a personal flourish

Students want "adornments" celebrating their ethnicity.

St. Paul schools, teachers union move to take talks into mediation

The St. Paul Public Schools and the union representing its teachers have agreed to seek a state mediator’s help in forging a deal on a…
Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, shown in March, said she is exploring ways to protect students from being stigmatized over unpaid lunches.

'Shaming' over school lunch debts has to stop, legislator says

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, weighing ways to force school districts to back off hardball tactics.
Irondale High School students walked through a section call “four corners” area during lunch hour Thursday October 26,2017 in New Brighton, MN. ]

Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Districts want to go on building spree to meet growing enrollment and replace outdated facilities.
Superintendent Joe Gothard made his way past members of the St. Paul teachers union, wearing their signature red shirts, at a demonstration outside Tu

Tensions high as Mpls., St. Paul begin teacher contract talks

Budget strife is sure to complicate teacher contract talks in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where teachers are pushing for pay increases and district officials are stressing how tight their finances are.
New St. Paul School Superintendent Joe Gothard met with staff and students of Highland Park High School on the first day of school, Tuesday, September

St. Paul high schools to start later but not until 2019-20 school year

The delay is to allow more time to explore ways to ease parental concerns.

St. Paul School District outlines bargaining strategy

'Working within our budget' is one aim, but no specific dollar figure given.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s administration is creating a tool on the city’s website by which taxpayers can get a clearer picture of how much th

St. Paul aims to ease property tax sticker shock

Online tool allows a before-and-after look at property tax changes.
Former St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva is returning to the education arena.

Ex-St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva takes job at New York academy

Ousted superintendent to train school leaders during 2017-18 school year.

English learner program gets boost in St. Paul, but court case looms

Ten new teachers hired after difficult 2016-17 school year.
Third-graders at the Community School of Excellence, a St. Paul charter school, listened in Hmong language class.

Rising exodus of students puts more pressure on Minnesota schools

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a third of the students are now leaving for other districts. The student flight is magnifying budget pressures and transforming the racial diversity of metro-area schools.
New St. Paul School Superintendent Joe Gothard met with staff and students of Highland Park High School on the first day of school, Tuesday, September

St. Paul board to vote in October on school start-time changes

Sweeping moves would take effect in 2019-20, if approved.

Minn. appeals court dismisses teacher-tenure case, says Legislature should decide

Initial lawsuit said system protected bad teachers.
Cortez Hull, school resource officer (SRO) at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, monitored the hallways as classes let out in 2016. The St. Paul s

St. Paul school board votes to reduce police presence in schools

Tuesday's 5-1 vote marks the second consecutive year that the state's second-largest district has made substantive changes to its SRO program.
Vanessa Taylor of Black Liberation Project voiced her opposition to police presence in Minneapolis schools to supporters Tuesday at a rally before a M

Minneapolis school board votes to cut two officers from campuses

The vote culminated a summer of heated discussions about tensions in schools between students and officers, one echoed in St. Paul.
Barton Open School students in a combination third- and fourth-grade class taught by Jaci Sullivan socialized while eating lunch in their classroom th

Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.
Catholic protesters gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine to protest inclusion of satanic symbol statue. The memorial depicting a soldier k

Statue with cross removed from Belle Plaine park before protest

The removal of a soldier kneeling by a cross from a Belle Plaine park's war memorial is the latest — and perhaps final — chapter of an emotional battle over religious symbolism in public spaces.

St. Paul schools sued on behalf of English language learners

Suit seeks to halt "mainstreaming" of students without adequate classroom support.
Aaron Benner

St. Paul school district seeks to have discrimination case tossed

Former teacher Aaron Benner has alleged retaliation by district.
Joe Gothard is the superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools. Photographed in his office, Thursday, July 6, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.

Joe Gothard has pen and pad ready as he takes over as St. Paul schools superintendent

Superintendent aims to listen and make change.
Gaoshiaxa Cha, 7, stood alongside her mother Maysy Ly-Lo, an ELL educational assistant, to support the St. Paul teachers union as they gathered at the

St. Paul schools to add 10 ELL teachers after criticism

District boosts embattled English learner program after state, city criticism.
John Thein, the interim superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools

St. Paul school board agrees to pursue lease to run Crosswinds School in Woodbury

Proposal would keep arts and science school open for at least another year.

Obituary: Edward McMahon, Minnesota State (MnSCU) vice chancellor of finance

McMahon, who went on to become the first vice chancellor for finance of what is now Minnesota State, died May 10 after a brief illness. He was 87.
Kadra Mohamed, right — the state’s first female Somali police officer — gives out plenty of hugs to the Humboldt High School students she meets

At St. Paul's Humboldt High, girls come together, open up and then help others

Students use their own mistakes to learn and help younger girls avoid trouble.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, shown in January, said in an email to alumni that the U received “just $54.6 million” toward its “

Undergrads from Minn. facing tuition increases under U's budget

President Eric Kaler says the increase is needed after money from Legislature falls short.
Orlando Ramos, a regional superintendent for the Milwaukee Public Schools, was a candidate this spring for top schools jobs in St. Paul and Detroit.

Search firm knew of St. Paul superintendent candidate's bankruptcy

Ray and Associates consultant failed to inform St. Paul school board.
Aaron Benner

St. Paul NAACP enters fray in teacher's court case over being targeted

Local chapter 'very concerned' about alleged retaliation against black teacher.
St. Paul Central High teacher John Ekblad, center, failed to prove his case merited consideration beyond the remedies provided by the state’s worker

Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Federal judge rules Central High teacher's injuries covered by workers' comp.
One St. Paul girl said that boys who "sag their pants with underwear that outline their butt cheeks" are held to a different standard relative to the

St. Paul schools taking less sexist view of student dress codes

New policy for St. Paul schools says rules can be in place, but no one gender can be targeted.
University of Minnesota athletics fundraiser Randy Handel on the sidelines of Minnesota football's spring game in mid-April. Photo by AARON LAVINSKY �

U president supports regents' query into leak of sex harassment case

The probe seeks to discover who leaked Handel e-mail.
Aaron Benner, a former St. Paul Public Schools teacher and outspoken critic of the district's student discipline policies, is suing his former employe

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.
Minneapolis schools Superintendent Ed Graff teared up at one recent school board meeting dealing with controversial layoffs due to school budget cuts.

Mpls., St. Paul schools aren't the only districts facing budget woes

More than half of districts in Twin Cities and suburbs are facing deficits, and those numbers could swell.
St. Paul Central High teacher John Eklbad, center, appears to grimace in pain while switching chairs before speaking to media members Tuesday, Dec. 22

St. Paul teacher fights district's move to have assault case dismissed

'I'm a mess,' said John Ekblad. Federal judge to decide whether lawsuit qualifies for court review.
Orlando Ramos of Milwaukee Public Schools dropped out of the St. Paul superintendent search after the Star Tribune uncovered a bankruptcy filing in hi

St. Paul schools cut search firm's payment 'for not doing its job'

District will knock $5,000 off bill after late surprise.
St. Paul, which soon will welcome a new school superintendent, Joe Gothard. The district announced Tuesday that it has a verbal agreement with him for

Tough choices ahead for St. Paul as school enrollment drops and new contract looms

Class sizes and dropping enrollment loom as sticking points between school board and teachers union.
John Ekblad

Battered St. Paul teacher fights move to dismiss lawsuit over assault

He blames St. Paul schools for lax discipline, but district says courts aren't right venue.
Joe Gothard, superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, introduced himself last month in St. Paul.

Burnsville's Joe Gothard named new St. Paul Schools superintendent

Joe Gothard was picked in a 5-to-2 vote.
Gov. Mark Dayton, shown at an April 3 news conference, wants to spend an additional $711 million for preschool through grade 12 over the two years beg

Big differences seen in Minnesota school funding plans

Likely tense negotiations set to begin soon at the State Capitol.
Cheryl Logan, the chief academic support officer for The School District of Philadelphia, introduced herself at the start of Wednesday night's communi

St. Paul superintendent candidates lay out their views and visions

A day after community meetings, the two finalists faced St. Paul school board members.
Parents, teachers and St. Paul community members discussed Joe Gothard after he spoke at Wednesday night's meeting of St. Paul Public Schools superint

St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

Community meetings and interviews proceed after one candidate drops out.
Orlando Ramos

Finalist with undisclosed bankruptcy drops out of St. Paul schools search

Orlando Ramos had not told St. Paul board, which will continue with two remaining finalists.
Joe Gothard

St. Paul names three outsiders as finalists for top schools job

Final choice expected in April after community meetings, site visits.
St. Paul Central High School principal Mary Mackbee stood as sung along as the school song was played Tuesday September 6, 2016 in St. Paul, MN.

School-related burglary has high-profile victim: The principal

Theft was reported at service station linked to St. Paul's Central High.
Carmen Higueros worked last week with English language learners at Birch Grove Elementary in Brooklyn Park.

Minnesota is in 'very deep hole' when it comes to teachers of color

There are 629 Hispanic teachers across the state, making up just 1 percent of a total teaching workforce of 60,090.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

School safety task force in Ramsey County seeks community help

Group convened by County Attorney John Choi issued recommendations Thursday.

St. Paul schools face possible $27 million budget gap

Minneapolis schools also face gap of $28 million.
Celeste Gagliardi

Celeste 'Sally' Gagliardi, professional clown and Klondike Kate, dies at age 68

One might think it difficult to master the roles of both bawdy saloon singer and circus clown, but Celeste “Sally” Gagliardi had the chops and…
From left, Ezra Bergmann, Sam Stroup, Isabel Rousmaniere and Nicholas Jensen are among the students not taking state tests.

Standardized tests costly but payoff varies, audit finds

Minnesota principals and teachers say they need help putting data from the tests to work.
A St. Paul school residency program is helping Elizabeth Thao work to become a special-education teacher.

Twin Cities schools find creative ways to hire, keep teachers

A troublesome teacher shortage has Minnesota public schools fighting for hires and scrambling to hold on to newcomers.
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