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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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Details of St. Paul teachers' contract are disclosed

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 schools facing $17.2 million shortfall for 2018-19

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

Budget to be balanced in coming months.
Strike averted as St. Paul district reaches deal with teachers union

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

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

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

St. Paul district, teachers maintaining "unusually big" gap in proposals.
St. Paul superintendent 'optimistic' that teacher strike can be averted

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.
St. Paul teachers union firms up Tuesday strike date

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.
Talks to avert St. Paul teachers' strike show progress

Talks to avert St. Paul teachers' strike show progress

Plans are still being made, however, for a possible walkout within days.
Teacher contract talks to ramp up over multiple days in St. Paul

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

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…
St. Paul teachers to cast strike authorization votes Wednesday

St. Paul teachers to cast strike authorization votes Wednesday

Stalled talks over new contract prompt decision on authorizing walkout.
St. Paul teachers set strike authorization vote for Jan. 31

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

In response, school district activated its "strike action" team; mediation continues.
During storm, waiting turned to panic for St. Paul school parents

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

Mayor and schools superintendent 'regret' errors that stranded students, panicked parents.
Open enrollment keeps students, resources flowing into Minnetonka

Open enrollment keeps students, resources flowing into Minnetonka

Minnetonka school officials criticized on two fronts: Race and numbers.
Full slate awaits optimistic St. Paul schools' 'hero of hope'

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…
As competition mounts, Summit Brewing makes its first layoffs

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.
St. Paul Schools see slight uptick in key enrollment category

St. Paul Schools see slight uptick in key enrollment category

Small bump may yield new revenue, but trend is still pointed downward.
Property taxes, homeowners' voices are rising across Twin Cities

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, St. Paul teacher and principal, dies at 84

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…
Graduation gowns in St. Paul to get a personal flourish

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

'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.
Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Districts want to go on building spree to meet growing enrollment and replace outdated facilities.
Tensions high as Mpls., St. Paul begin teacher contract talks

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

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 aims to ease property tax sticker shock

St. Paul aims to ease property tax sticker shock

Online tool allows a before-and-after look at property tax changes.
Ex-St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva takes job at New York academy

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.
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
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