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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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St. Paul parents and others rally against school cuts

St. Paul parents and others rally against school cuts

Art, music and other electives endangered by budget-balancing proposal.
Prince memorial fills Jehovah's Witnesses hall in Minnetonka

Prince memorial fills Jehovah's Witnesses hall in Minnetonka

Friends, celebrities honor Prince's spiritual side at private memorial.
St. Paul district considers school-choice review

St. Paul district considers school-choice review

As waiting lists at popular schools grow, district is working to retain kids closer to their homes.
St. Paul neighborhood takes fight to save school to school board

St. Paul neighborhood takes fight to save school to school board

Despite door-to-door recruiting of families, low enrollment threatens school's closure.
Gunfire erupts at St. Paul East Side park; one dead

Gunfire erupts at St. Paul East Side park; one dead

Police said it was a "chaotic scene" Sunday night with as many as 300 people on hand at the park and possibly multiple shooters.

St. Paul school district reveals $484 million facilities improvement plan

The proposal includes a new building, renovations and a property tax increase of about $30 per year for owner of typical St. Paul home.
Minnesota bill would bolster teachers in discipline matters

Minnesota bill would bolster teachers in discipline matters

Bill heard Tuesday would ensure teachers are notified about kids who've assaulted school employees.

Minnesota students more informed on how to gain college credit

The St. Paul-based Center for School Change reported last summer that nine of 10 school districts and charter schools failed to provide current information about Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), available to students. But a report to be released Thursday shows the stats have improved.
St. Paul school board approves teacher contract after disruptive protests

St. Paul school board approves teacher contract after disruptive protests

Protesters interrupt school board meeting before vote on pact with safety provisions.
Obituary: G. William "Bill" Carlson, 72, was Bethel University icon and St. Paul school board member

Obituary: G. William "Bill" Carlson, 72, was Bethel University icon and St. Paul school board member

G. William “Bill” Carlson retired as a Bethel University history and political science professor in 2012, and to convey the impact of his life on…
Behavior program gets good marks at St. Paul's Phalen Lake school

Behavior program gets good marks at St. Paul's Phalen Lake school

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School finds success in teaching and recognizing good conduct among its students.

St. Paul schools face $15.1 million budget gap for 2016-17

The announcement of a budget gap comes as a push is made for a new middle school on city's East Side.
Possible protest at Como Park High is off, superintendent said

Possible protest at Como Park High is off, superintendent said

Group threatened a shutdown over a teacher's posts, but then met with the superintendent.
Black Lives Matter leader, St. Paul schools chief to meet this morning

Black Lives Matter leader, St. Paul schools chief to meet this morning

Group threatens shutdown, demands that Como Park Senior High teacher be fired over Facebook posts.
St. Paul students advise school board, speak out

St. Paul students advise school board, speak out

Student advisory panel takes on in-school policing.

Many questions follow new deal between St. Paul schools, teachers

St. Paul district faces tough choices on paying for deal.
St. Paul schools chief Silva gives notice she's leaving in 2018

St. Paul schools chief Silva gives notice she's leaving in 2018

Valeria Silva said criticism of her leadership did not play into decision to leave in December 2018 when her contract is up.
St. Paul teachers hold 'walk-ins' over progress in contract talks

St. Paul teachers hold 'walk-ins' over progress in contract talks

St. Paul teachers held "walk-in" rallies Wednesday morning seeking progress in contract talks in the state's second-largest district. The St. Paul Federation of Teachers emphasized that the event did not represent a work stoppage or strike-related action.

Loyalty test for St. Paul teachers gets unhappy results

St. Paul has a problem with unhappy teachers, and issues go beyond the safety concerns now being discussed at the bargaining table. Discontent is evident in results of school-by-school surveys obtained by the Star Tribune.

St. Paul's Vento Elementary to skip Valentine's Day festivities

Bruce Vento officials back principal's decision.

St. Paul deploys administrators to 11 troubled schools

Administrators to work with principals to provide assistance where needed.
Frostbite, dead batteries pop up as temps dive in Twin Cities

Frostbite, dead batteries pop up as temps dive in Twin Cities

Windchill readings of 25 below to 35 below are forecast for all of central and southern Minnesota under an advisory that is expected to run until noon.

Silva sends more staff into St. Paul schools to deal with misbehavior

Facing criticism, she sends administrators to schools.
'Change' candidates take reins on St. Paul school board

'Change' candidates take reins on St. Paul school board

One of the four newcomers unveiled a list of proposed priorities for 2016, a surprise that Superintendent Valeria Silva didn't appreciate.
Student-on-staff violence cases escalate in suburban Ramsey County

Student-on-staff violence cases escalate in suburban Ramsey County

But interviews with law enforcement officials in the suburban communities reveal no concerns about assaultive behavior in traditional school settings.
Twin Cities in winter storm watch; heavy snow possible

Twin Cities in winter storm watch; heavy snow possible

Twin Cities may see winter's first snow emergencies.
St. Paul teacher, suing district after assault, speaks of struggles

St. Paul teacher, suing district after assault, speaks of struggles

St. Paul teacher assaulted by a student describes injuries, alleges unsafe climate.

St. Paul teacher assaulted by student plans to sue district

Action comes after he was attacked by a student at Central High School in St. Paul.
Authorities pull car from Roseville lake, find body inside

Authorities pull car from Roseville lake, find body inside

Sedan matches that of 64-year-old reported missing last week.
Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter

Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter

Suspensions were up nearly 60 percent, from 639 to 1,115, with more than three-quarters of the students being black.
Silva receives job review but no rating from St. Paul school board

Silva receives job review but no rating from St. Paul school board

St. Paul schools chief to get raise under new contract.
School districts playing big part in property tax increases

School districts playing big part in property tax increases

Voters may support needs but worry about their pocketbooks.
St. Paul teachers pitch school safety plan at the bargaining table

St. Paul teachers pitch school safety plan at the bargaining table

The St. Paul School District says the teachers union's proposal would strain the budget.
Charges: Student choked, body slammed teacher at St. Paul Central High

Charges: Student choked, body slammed teacher at St. Paul Central High

Teachers union files request for mediation that could precede strike declaration.

Officer in Clark shooting accused of excessive force in earlier case

Dustin Schwarze, then serving as a Richfield police officer, allegedly deployed a Taser and threatened to beat the passenger of a vehicle pulled over by troopers.

Child found dead in car after crash at Como Park

St. Paul police are investigating the death of a juvenile found in a car that struck a light pole on Wednesday in Como Regional Park.…

St. Paul school board makes no changes to school start times

Board had again looked into giving more high schoolers more sleep time.

St. Paul schools ease windchill cutoff

The new standard aligns better with other big metro-area districts.
Lawsuit: Schools failing poor, minorities in Mpls., St. Paul

Lawsuit: Schools failing poor, minorities in Mpls., St. Paul

Attorneys are asking for a metro-wide integration plan, including new school district boundaries.
St. Paul's Caucus for Change candidates ready to take charge on school board

St. Paul's Caucus for Change candidates ready to take charge on school board

The four newly elected board members aim to build on Tuesday's electoral sweep.
Union-backed candidates sweep St. Paul school board race

Union-backed candidates sweep St. Paul school board race

Caucus for Change candidates assert there is "very real" frustration with the school district.
Mpls., St. Paul school districts are among the least integrated

Mpls., St. Paul school districts are among the least integrated

Elementary students in Minneapolis and St. Paul attend schools that are more racially segregated than they have been in a generation.

Charges: St. Paul student who brought gun to Harding High said he needed protection

The 16-year-old told police he also belongs to a gang.
Loaded gun found in backpack at St. Paul's Harding High

Loaded gun found in backpack at St. Paul's Harding High

Incident adds to safety concerns after fights at Como and Humboldt Highs. Also. police at Central High had to use a Taser on a disruptive student.
St. Paul hits roadblock in bid for later high school start times

St. Paul hits roadblock in bid for later high school start times

Metro Transit says it can't bus more students, stalling plan to shift times at two high schools.

Union's chosen four could take majority on St. Paul school board

School board challengers back contract proposals.
A renewed push for school, community on St. Paul's West Side

A renewed push for school, community on St. Paul's West Side

Community group, St. Paul district spreading word about neighborhood schools

Property taxes could rise 4.9 percent for typical St. Paul homeowner

Projections show fewer sharp increases by neighborhoods, however.
Chief Harteau tours Mpls. after recent round of violent crimes

Chief Harteau tours Mpls. after recent round of violent crimes

The Minneapolis police chief said she wanted to reassure people.

St. Paul moves and cuts back its School Choice Fair

Families interested in surveying school options in St. Paul for 2016-17 will have to work harder this winter.The St. Paul School District has decided not…
Outspoken former teacher abandons St. Paul school board bid

Outspoken former teacher abandons St. Paul school board bid

Aaron Benner says he wants to focus on new job at St. Paul charter school.

School districts should get the word out about PSEO, report says

9 out of 10 lack updated material on high schoolers earning college credit.

School districts should get the word out about PSEO, report says

Nine out of 10 lack updated material on high school students earning college credit.

St. Paul schools ready to sell hot property assesed at $5.7 million to $7.2 million

The city is expected to get first crack at buying the 5.4-acre parcel on West 7th Street.
St. Paul schools eyeing 2.75 percent levy hike

St. Paul schools eyeing 2.75 percent levy hike

Proposal for 2.75% increase follows the unveiling of tax plans by city, Ramsey County.

School briefs: New administrative team named at East Ridge High

After a series of departures, East Ridge High School in Woodbury has a new leadership team in place for the 2015-16 school year. The final…

Free lunch is coming to all St. Paul public schools

School district will expand year-old pilot program and provide more free meals in 2015-16.

St. Paul school board pulls plug on televised criticism

Public comments allowed, but not aired, in St. Paul.

School briefs: Voters to encounter full schools-related ballot this fall in South Washington County

South Washington County voters will have seven candidates to choose from to fill three school board seats, and also must decide three ballot questions when…

Washington Co. students post strong scores on MCAs

Washington County students are consistent when it comes to state standardized test results, and for most of them, that's a good thing.Students in five districts…
Beating victim Widstrand 'not doing good' after car-bike collision

Beating victim Widstrand 'not doing good' after car-bike collision

His vehicle hit a 14-year-old girl as she rode her bicycle in a crosswalk. State Patrol reviewing who had right of way.

Bicyclist, 14, seriously injured when hit by car driven by Ray Widstrand

A 14-year-old St. Anthony girl was seriously injured Sunday when she was struck by a car driven by Ray Widstrand, a victim of a mob attack in 2013.
Schools, leadership posts to have new look in Stillwater district

Schools, leadership posts to have new look in Stillwater district

Two new principals have been selected in a school district poised for change. The Stillwater Area Public Schools tapped Eric VanScoy, an assistant principal in…

Washington County students post strong scores on MCAs

Pupils in five of six districts in county outperform state peers.
No longer a St. Paul teacher, Aaron Benner to run for school board seat

No longer a St. Paul teacher, Aaron Benner to run for school board seat

Aaron Benner, who has resigned from the district, has challenged the district's discipline policies regarding black students.
Teen killed on St. Paul river bluff implicated in robbery earlier that day

Teen killed on St. Paul river bluff implicated in robbery earlier that day

Lavauntai Broadbent robbed a man at an East Side bus stop hours before the robbery attempt that ended with his death, charges say.

Crosiers sued for negligence amid sex abuse claims

Suits were filed in Ramsey County by two alleged victims of the former Rev. Gerald Funcheon and others.

School briefs: Stillwater Area High students learn about nutrition

The athletes of Stillwater Area High School are gleaning lessons this summer from a different kind of playbook. The 800-plus students have been meeting with…

House teardowns, complaints draw City Council's attention in St. Paul

City Council sets size limits on new housing in Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland areas in response to residents' complaints.

Fierce storms top a day of stifling heat, humidity in Minnesota

High winds, hail reported after heat index breaks through 100. Brainerd area was among the places hardest hit.

MCA results tossed out in St. Paul, Cannon Falls after teachers help students

Cannon Falls, St. Paul teachers communicated improperly with students, the state says.

Elementary school boundaries under review in South Washington County's District 833

After taking action on high school boundary changes, the South Washington County School District now is turning its attention to elementary school boundary shifts. Key…

Kayaker, 62, lost on Cloquet River, found shivering, bug-bitten

'Day trip' takes chilly turn after Cloquet River kayaker fails to catch up with friends.
Keith Hardy vying again for St. Paul school board

Keith Hardy vying again for St. Paul school board

Incumbent who lacks DFL nod says racial equity work not done.

East metro school briefs: Forest Lake FFA student earns honors

A Forest Lake Area High School student with a passion for agricultural education closed out his high school career in winning fashion. Joe Ramstad, 18,…
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