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Anthony Lonetree

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phone: 612-673-4109
Anthony Lonetree covers education in St. Paul and the east metro.
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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…
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.
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