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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.
Recent content from Anthony Lonetree
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…
Interim chief is a calm and steady hand for St. Paul schools

Interim chief is a calm and steady hand for St. Paul schools

Roseville superintendent left retirement to help his neighboring district heal.

Star Tribune sues Minneapolis Public Schools for information

Newspaper seeks information on suspensions, spending and teacher contentment.
Quiet, unassuming Philando Castile was 'like Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks'

Quiet, unassuming Philando Castile was 'like Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks'

A few months after graduating from St. Paul’s Central High School, where he excelled in the classroom and rarely got in trouble, Philando Castile landed…
Outpouring of grief from Philando Castile's St. Paul school community

Outpouring of grief from Philando Castile's St. Paul school community

To the J.J. Hill community, Castile was a "kind, gentle soul," parent Sally Rafowicz said, "kind of like Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks."

Six St. Paul schools will pilot programs on safety, behavior

Six schools face significant challenges in seeking to turn around problem behavior.
Ramsey County attorney launches safe-schools task force

Ramsey County attorney launches safe-schools task force

Group to review causes of violence in the schools and recommend solutions.
Obituary: Mary Thornton Phillips was an education leader with style

Obituary: Mary Thornton Phillips was an education leader with style

First, there was her résumé, highlighting work as a teacher and a principal, a groundbreaking stint as a leader of vocational-technical education in Minnesota and…
Allina nurses back on job but not back at bargaining table

Allina nurses back on job but not back at bargaining table

No date is set to resume bargaining, now that the seven-day walkout has come to a civil conclusion.
Valeria Silva's buyout may be pricey, but St. Paul observer sees reasons

Valeria Silva's buyout may be pricey, but St. Paul observer sees reasons

Some defend, others question $787,500 deal to part ways with superintendent.
Deal struck for Superintendent Silva's exit will cost $787,000

Deal struck for Superintendent Silva's exit will cost $787,000

Roseville's John Thein will be interim superintendent. Board Member Jean O'Connell announced she was resigning, effective June 30.
St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva is subject of buyout talks

St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva is subject of buyout talks

Officials consider "transition options" amid growing criticism of her leadership.
Hundreds gather at Minneapolis vigil for shooting victims

Hundreds gather at Minneapolis vigil for shooting victims

Hundreds of people came together in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Sunday night to stand in solidarity with victims of the early-morning attack at a…
Use of cops in schools under scrutiny in St. Paul, Minneapolis

Use of cops in schools under scrutiny in St. Paul, Minneapolis

If there is agreement, it's this: A resource officer should be more mentor, less enforcer, in dealings with students.
St. Paul tests new method for teaching kids self-control

St. Paul tests new method for teaching kids self-control

The C3 (Choice-Chance-Change) program is an example of the "restorative practices" that will expand to six St. Paul schools this fall thanks to a new teachers' contract.
Ron Rosenbaum, attorney and commentator, dead at 68

Ron Rosenbaum, attorney and commentator, dead at 68

Also an attorney, he had battled an aggressive form of cancer.
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…
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