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

Ten new teachers hired after difficult 2016-17 school year.
Rising exodus of students puts more pressure on Minnesota schools

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

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

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.
Minneapolis school board votes to cut two officers from campuses

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.
Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

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.
Statue with cross removed from Belle Plaine park before protest

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.
St. Paul school district seeks to have discrimination case tossed

St. Paul school district seeks to have discrimination case tossed

Former teacher Aaron Benner has alleged retaliation by district.
Joe Gothard has pen and pad ready as he takes over as St. Paul schools superintendent

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

Superintendent aims to listen and make change.
St. Paul schools to add 10 ELL teachers after criticism

St. Paul schools to add 10 ELL teachers after criticism

District boosts embattled English learner program after state, city criticism.
St. Paul school board agrees to pursue lease to run Crosswinds School in Woodbury

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

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

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

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

President Eric Kaler says the increase is needed after money from Legislature falls short.
Search firm knew of St. Paul superintendent candidate's bankruptcy

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

Ray and Associates consultant failed to inform St. Paul school board.
St. Paul NAACP enters fray in teacher's court case over being targeted

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

Local chapter 'very concerned' about alleged retaliation against black teacher.
Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Federal judge rules Central High teacher's injuries covered by workers' comp.
St. Paul schools taking less sexist view of student dress codes

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

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

The probe seeks to discover who leaked Handel e-mail.
Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.
Mpls., St. Paul schools aren't the only districts facing budget woes

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 teacher fights district's move to have assault case dismissed

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

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

District will knock $5,000 off bill after late surprise.
Tough choices ahead for St. Paul as school enrollment drops and new contract looms

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

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

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

Joe Gothard was picked in a 5-to-2 vote.
Big differences seen in Minnesota school funding plans

Big differences seen in Minnesota school funding plans

Likely tense negotiations set to begin soon at the State Capitol.
St. Paul superintendent candidates lay out their views and visions

St. Paul superintendent candidates lay out their views and visions

A day after community meetings, the two finalists faced St. Paul school board members.
St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

Community meetings and interviews proceed after one candidate drops out.
Finalist with undisclosed bankruptcy drops out of St. Paul schools search

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

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

Final choice expected in April after community meetings, site visits.
School-related burglary has high-profile victim: The principal

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

Theft was reported at service station linked to St. Paul's Central High.
Minnesota is in 'very deep hole' when it comes to teachers of color

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.
School safety task force in Ramsey County seeks community help

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

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…
Standardized tests costly but payoff varies, audit finds

Standardized tests costly but payoff varies, audit finds

Minnesota principals and teachers say they need help putting data from the tests to work.
Twin Cities schools find creative ways to hire, keep teachers

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.
Minnesota renews fight over school choice options

Minnesota renews fight over school choice options

Republicans revive proposals for private, parochial school tax credits
Search is on for St. Paul schools' superintendent

Search is on for St. Paul schools' superintendent

A posting by the search firm Ray and Associates, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, emphasizes a need to "narrow the achievement gap" and advertises a starting salary of about $238,000 — subject to negotiations.
Three finalists named for Minnesota State chancellor

Three finalists named for Minnesota State chancellor

Three Minnesota State system finalists all have a history with schools here or in Wisconsin.

St. Paul school suspensions are down, but concerns linger, especially over race

Visitors can tell by the plaques on the wall that Melissa Gallagher is proud of her kids. One award, given to son Tyrese, was signed…
Legislative audit faults Perpich Center for Arts Education

Legislative audit faults Perpich Center for Arts Education

Report points to plunging enrollment, faltering morale and leadership problems.
Small grants deliver big payoffs – and whimsy – in St. Paul

Small grants deliver big payoffs – and whimsy – in St. Paul

Local chapter of the Awesome Foundation helps turn whimsy into reality
School's plea for improvements roils St. Paul neighborhood

School's plea for improvements roils St. Paul neighborhood

Scope of renovation plans at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower Campus divides the Summit Hill neighborhood and the City Council might have to step in.
Holiday helpers jump in to erase kids' school lunch debts

Holiday helpers jump in to erase kids' school lunch debts

Donors give more than $150,000 to settle up accounts.
Perpich Center for Arts executive director to retire Jan. 2

Perpich Center for Arts executive director to retire Jan. 2

Sue Mackert, 66, has led agency since 2010; center has drawn scrutiny of late.

Input sought in St. Paul schools chief search

Eyeing a vast expanse of empty tables and chairs, St. Paul school board Chairman Jon Schumacher figured it might have been the “cold, cold weather”…

St. Paul school board moves toward later high school start times

In split vote, board orders school district to plan for changes in 2018-19.
St. Paul schools weigh changing start times

St. Paul schools weigh changing start times

Board may phase in later start time for teens, earlier for elementary students.
Mpls. property-tax rise doesn't match forecast by Truth in Taxation notices

Mpls. property-tax rise doesn't match forecast by Truth in Taxation notices

The notices were printed before schools levy vote and do not include that calculation.
Valeria Silva, on the outside looking in, still yearns to be a force in education

Valeria Silva, on the outside looking in, still yearns to be a force in education

Ousted St. Paul schools superintendent knows what works for students, interim successor says.
St. Paul teacher on leave over election-related classroom comments

St. Paul teacher on leave over election-related classroom comments

Math instructor is second Como Park High teacher to be investigated for remarks this year.
St. Paul's Highland Park High finds resistance to Air Force JROTC program

St. Paul's Highland Park High finds resistance to Air Force JROTC program

Critics call it as an unwelcome intrusion in the schools and a thinly veiled military recruiting device.

Eight St. Paul schools will get makeovers in 2017

The district provided updates on the eight projects approved by a five-year, $484 million plan this year.
Ex-Black Lives Matter leader Turner signs on with education nonprofit

Ex-Black Lives Matter leader Turner signs on with education nonprofit

Once the battler, Turner now is out to build partnerships in a quest to ensure Minneapolis is rich with what he says are "high-quality schools doing great work with kids."
Obituary: Robert J. 'Bob' Fenlon, 91, attorney and one of 'The Boys' at Town & Country Club

Obituary: Robert J. 'Bob' Fenlon, 91, attorney and one of 'The Boys' at Town & Country Club

Robert J. “Bob” Fenlon was a St. Paul guy, born and raised on the West Side, and when he settled in for a legal career,…

St. Paul school board weighing later start times for more high schoolers in 2018-19

Action is expected in November on a proposal to be crafted in the coming weeks.
Property taxes on the rise for most in St. Paul

Property taxes on the rise for most in St. Paul

After getting a preview of overall bill, City Council to take up the proposals.

School-climate improvement efforts still a work in progress in St. Paul

Report on summer task force study raises new questions, expectations.
St. Paul superintendent search aims to be slow and sure

St. Paul superintendent search aims to be slow and sure

A vote to oust a schools superintendent, and to do so with a nearly $800,000 contract buyout, might lead some to believe there would be…

St. Paul schools weigh tax levy increase

Proposal for up to 5 percent hike follows earlier presentations by city and Ramsey County.
St. Paul Academy receives biggest-ever $15M gift for math and science center

St. Paul Academy receives biggest-ever $15M gift for math and science center

Center funded by 1943 grad Hugh Schilling will be "signature piece" of St. Paul school's renovation.
Perpich Center board chairman resigns amid criticism of arts agency's work in Woodbury

Perpich Center board chairman resigns amid criticism of arts agency's work in Woodbury

Pierce McNally cites personal, professional reasons, report states.
Minnesota kids went back to school on a stormy Tuesday

Minnesota kids went back to school on a stormy Tuesday

Most of state's schoolkids returned to class on Tuesday and were greeted by rain, renovations, and celebrations.
New year brings new look at school safety

New year brings new look at school safety

Injury reports point to tough work ahead.
St. Paul schools official named new leader at Generation Next

St. Paul schools official named new leader at Generation Next

Michelle Walker, second-in-command of St. Paul Public Schools, succeeds R.T. Rybak as head of education coalition.
St. Paul teacher retires after controversial Facebook posts

St. Paul teacher retires after controversial Facebook posts

Theo Olson, who was suspended for two weeks without pay this spring after a district investigation, reached agreement with the district to step down on Aug. 18.
Minnesota surpassed for best average ACT score

Minnesota surpassed for best average ACT score

Yet Minnesota still tops the list of states where nearly all grads took test.
St. Paul district seeks a fresh start with in-school officers

St. Paul district seeks a fresh start with in-school officers

New measures seek to ensure a more positive presence in schools.
St. Paul DFLers endorse early childhood educator for school board seat

St. Paul DFLers endorse early childhood educator for school board seat

Jeannie Foster would serve the final 13 months of a vacant seat if elected Nov. 8.
St. Paul schools officials aim to rebuild trust, respect

St. Paul schools officials aim to rebuild trust, respect

Superintendent joins board in discussing goals — and how to get there amid changing times.

Southern Minnesota teen cleared in high school knife case

A southern Minnesota school board was wrong to expel a high school student who accidentally brought a pocket knife to school and left it in…
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