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Beatrice Dupuy

Education Reporter | Twin Cities metro area
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Beatrice Dupuy is an education reporter covering more than 20 school districts in the Twin Cities metro area.
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Minnesota's prom-going girls use Facebook to vet their dresses

Minnesota's prom-going girls use Facebook to vet their dresses

High school students turn to social media before they say "yes" to the prom dress.
Perpich Center for Arts Education waits, watches as legislators decide its future

Perpich Center for Arts Education waits, watches as legislators decide its future

Struggling high school and middle school operated by the center are in limbo.
Delta offering up to $9,950 to avoid United fiasco for overbooked

Delta offering up to $9,950 to avoid United fiasco for overbooked

Delta is set to take advantage of a competitor's stumble by significantly increasing its cash offers — up to nearly $10,000 — to passengers who give up a seat on an overbooked flight.
Minnesota high school senior gets into all 8 Ivy League schools

Minnesota high school senior gets into all 8 Ivy League schools

Derek Onserio received eight acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League Schools and the University of Minnesota.
Charges: Burnsville teacher had sex with student, sent explicit messages to another

Charges: Burnsville teacher had sex with student, sent explicit messages to another

Erik Akervik, 29, is charged with two felonies in connection with the incident.

$4.5 million budget error triggers investigation of Shakopee schools

Shakopee school board hires St. Paul firm for independent review.
Defections shake up Twin Cities school integration programs

Defections shake up Twin Cities school integration programs

Edina and Hopkins are the latest two school districts to break from a west metro desegregation district that once counted 11 member school districts.
'Moo Crew' cuts milk waste at Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville

'Moo Crew' cuts milk waste at Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville

Principal, custodian challenged students to find creative ways to get their peers to drink up.

Osseo schools cutting ties with PEG diversity consultant

Osseo school board members voted to end the district's contract with a racial-consulting group in a special meeting Tuesday night.In a 4-2 vote, the board…
New Prague senior 'pranks' other students with positive locker notes

New Prague senior 'pranks' other students with positive locker notes

New Prague student had a simple motive: "I wanted everyone to smile."

Osseo schools set to end contract with racial-equity consultant

School board says $152K cost for Pacific Educational Group services is too high.

University of St. Thomas student leader's tweets come back to haunt him

School president decried anti-Semitic posts, made public by an anti-hate speech group.

Shakopee school officials notifiy staff over $4.5 million budget error

The superintendent's e-mail said that a miscalculation caused by "human error" meant that school officials had to cut spending for the rest of this school year and look hard at next year's budget.
Sophomore beats last year's champ in MN Math League bowl

Sophomore beats last year's champ in MN Math League bowl

An Eden Prairie student out-calculated the rest to claim this year's trophy.
Charges delayed in alleged sex encounter at Champlin Park High

Charges delayed in alleged sex encounter at Champlin Park High

Prosecutors have deferred charges against a 42-year-old man who allegedly evaded Champlin Park High School security to have sex with a 19-year-old special-needs student in the school.
Record label provides students a voice in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district

Record label provides students a voice in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district

Student's vision creates an opportunity for her peers to create music, learn the business.
Hopkins schools chief selected as Edina's new superintendent

Hopkins schools chief selected as Edina's new superintendent

The Edina school board named John Schultz, current superintendent of the Hopkins School District, as Edina's new superintendent Thursday night after hours of debate.The board…
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.
Duluth police arrest 5 in killing of St. Paul police officer's son

Duluth police arrest 5 in killing of St. Paul police officer's son

Duluth police have arrested four people in connection with the shooting death of a St. Paul police sergeant’s 22-year-old son. A fifth suspect was already…
Minnesota high school grad rates show narrowing achievement gap

Minnesota high school grad rates show narrowing achievement gap

Disparities remain, but graduation rates were up for all in 2016.
Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

It is only the fifth time that has happened in February.
Obituary: Bennet Cyrus was charismatic entrepreneur

Obituary: Bennet Cyrus was charismatic entrepreneur

Until his last days, Bennet Cyrus was shouting at the Minnesota Vikings. Cyrus was usually a calm man, but when football came on, he unleashed…
Cyberscam that hit Bloomington school workers puts Minn. districts on defensive

Cyberscam that hit Bloomington school workers puts Minn. districts on defensive

Minnesota school districts use training and insurance to guard against hackers.

Shakopee High looks into spread of inappropriate sexual photos

Shakopee police investigating the circulation of inappropriate photos of multiple students at Shakopee High School.

Security breach steals tax info for all Bloomington public school employees

Phishing scam may be using stolen W-2 forms to file phony tax forms.
'HopDina' partnership pays dividends for two school districts

'HopDina' partnership pays dividends for two school districts

What started as a friendship between the Edina and Hopkins superintendents has grown into an effort that has cut costs for their schools.
Minnesota reaction to federal judge's ruling on executive order

Minnesota reaction to federal judge's ruling on executive order

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who was part of the lawsuit at the heart of Friday's decision, applauded the ruling in a statement. “Five federal…
More Minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows

More Minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows

One-fourth of new teachers leave within first three years, according to a new state report.
Franken hears criticism of Trump education nominee DeVos

Franken hears criticism of Trump education nominee DeVos

Support of private over public schools comes under fire in Minneapolis meeting.
School choice debate kicks off at Minn. State Capitol

School choice debate kicks off at Minn. State Capitol

Activists on both sides rally over scholarship bills.
For many, President Obama delivered on his promise of hope

For many, President Obama delivered on his promise of hope

As the Obama presidency came to an end this week and with it, Barack Obama’s tenure as the nation’s first black president, a group of…
Echo Park Elementary School third-graders designing new zoo exhibit

Echo Park Elementary School third-graders designing new zoo exhibit

It's part of a program to develop "authentic learning" to teach kids about careers in sciences.

Bail bond employee charged with forging bond

A Champlin man is accused of fabricating a bond for Beverly Burrell, the Twin Cities woman charged in four overdose cases.

Case of tuberculosis found at St. Louis Park High School

St. Louis Park High notifies families that others may need to be screened.
Board to formalize firing of Chanhassen principal linked to child porn

Board to formalize firing of Chanhassen principal linked to child porn

The Eastern Carver County school board will vote Jan. 23 to formally terminate Chanhassen High School principal Timothy Dorway's employment in the wake of child pornography charges against him.
Roseville massage employee charged with assaulting customer

Roseville massage employee charged with assaulting customer

Elements Massage in Roseville fired man after customer complaint.

Minnesotans felt confusion, terror as chaos unfolded

Amid Friday's chaos at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Minnesotans Kevin and Leisa Baartman crouched inside luggage bins on the tarmac, confused and terrified.Moments earlier, the…
Indoor recess helps kids cope with winter cold snap

Indoor recess helps kids cope with winter cold snap

Planking, anyone? Twin Cities schools adapt to cold snap, keep kids indoors but active.
Minnesota Somali students beat competition in Qur'an contest

Minnesota Somali students beat competition in Qur'an contest

Minnesotans won big at a memorization contest in Chicago last week.
Bell Museum visitors take in final hours before its closing on Saturday

Bell Museum visitors take in final hours before its closing on Saturday

The Bell Museum shuts its doors this week and will reopen St. Paul in 2018.
Burnsville police officer gives gift of music to middle school – to the tune of $35K

Burnsville police officer gives gift of music to middle school – to the tune of $35K

School resource officer Beverly Price surprised Nicollet Middle School with a gift of instruments — just in time for the holidays.
Girls-only engineering class builds for a cause

Girls-only engineering class builds for a cause

New class at St. Anthony Village High School gives girls a chance to shine, and helps refugee families, too.

Anoka-Hennepin School District employee charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls

Two alleged victims, now in their 20s, say the Coon Rapids man assaulted them for years. He is now on leave.
Chanhassen HS principal admits being drawn to preteen girls, charges say

Chanhassen HS principal admits being drawn to preteen girls, charges say

Timothy Dorway, who remains in jail, has been on leave since his arrest. The Eastern Carver County School District said the case involves none of its students.
Chanhassen High principal in jail in child porn case

Chanhassen High principal in jail in child porn case

Chanhassen High School Principal Timothy Dorway was arrested at his home Tuesday morning by agents with the Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case doesn't involve students, district officials say.

Black students in suburbs find strength, safe spaces together

Throughout the Twin Cities, black student unions help to confront recent incidents on campuses and talk about race in their mostly white schools.
Sad goodbye: Deputies block road for students grieving 2 classmates

Sad goodbye: Deputies block road for students grieving 2 classmates

Deputies blocked an intersection in Arden Hills so Mounds View students could visit the crash site and mourn together.
District officials name Mounds View High students in fatal crash

District officials name Mounds View High students in fatal crash

Two junior girls died in the Thursday morning collision; a third is hospitalized.
Two Mounds View High School students killed in crash on way to school

Two Mounds View High School students killed in crash on way to school

District officials confirmed that their car was hit on the corner of Hwy. 96 and Old Hwy. 10. Another student is hospitalized after the Thursday morning crash.
When Minnesota Zoo animals get older, there is no nursing home

When Minnesota Zoo animals get older, there is no nursing home

End-of-life planning is part of the routine at the 40-year-old zoo in Apple Valley, where in the past year, 177 animals died, from old age and other causes.

Metro Deaf School to make history with Chinese sign language

"Confucius classroom" will offer Chinese sign language.
Crêpes Up Delicious serves up crêpes to adult English language learners

Crêpes Up Delicious serves up crêpes to adult English language learners

Crêperie owner invites students to practice their English over a meal.
Freezeup, cleanup follow blizzard after winter arrives in Minnesota

Freezeup, cleanup follow blizzard after winter arrives in Minnesota

The conditions halted travel in much of the state. In the metro area, flowers wilted in the slush ahead of a Saturday that will feel frigid. Also, Saturday's Alan Jackson concert at Target Center is postponed.

CAIR criticizes school over headscarf incident in Coon Rapids

An Anoka-Hennepin School District investigation is underway in Coon Rapids after a student wearing a headscarf was involved in what CAIR-MN is calling an assault.…
Many come together to repaint Muslim students' defaced sign

Many come together to repaint Muslim students' defaced sign

The U's Muslim Student Association and supporters repainted a defaced mural.
Maple Grove students, principal combat racist graffiti with words of love

Maple Grove students, principal combat racist graffiti with words of love

School, students discussing forum to address concerns.

Minnesota schools find voters supportive on Election Day

Minneapolis voters decided Tuesday to allocate more money to their school district at a time when fewer districts in Minnesota were asking taxpayers for help.The…
Chanhassen High School club bridges political divide

Chanhassen High School club bridges political divide

Two best friends with differing views started the group to air political thoughts safely.
Minnesota schools striving to say their students' names correctly

Minnesota schools striving to say their students' names correctly

Something so simple can make such a big difference for metro area school districts as their enrollments become more and more culturally diverse.
Pipeline protesters angry with Hennepin sheriff pack Mpls. City Hall

Pipeline protesters angry with Hennepin sheriff pack Mpls. City Hall

Hundreds chanted, drummed and spoke about the North Dakota situation.
Judge tosses suit challenging Minn. teacher tenure laws

Judge tosses suit challenging Minn. teacher tenure laws

A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday rejected the suit's arguments that the laws protect ineffective teachers and deprive low-income and minority students of a high-quality education.
Anoka-Hennepin high schoolers get younger students to eat their veggies

Anoka-Hennepin high schoolers get younger students to eat their veggies

Grown-ups get out of the way for "got veggies?" campaign.
Shakopee schools drop D.A.R.E. for own policing program

Shakopee schools drop D.A.R.E. for own policing program

The district looked to condense the program and develop lessons that moved beyond drugs and alcohol, said Nika Summer district teaching and learning supervisor.
Three-alarm fire in downtown Mpls. caused by electrical outlet, officials say

Three-alarm fire in downtown Mpls. caused by electrical outlet, officials say

A three-alarm fire Sunday that struck an 1880s-era apartment building in downtown Minneapolis was caused by a faulty electrical outlet in a unit, officials said…
Wayzata Public Schools creates course to fill vacancy in after-school positions

Wayzata Public Schools creates course to fill vacancy in after-school positions

District officials solved a shortage of workers by offering a course for high schoolers
New silo logo gives fresh look to Jonathan Association in Chaska

New silo logo gives fresh look to Jonathan Association in Chaska

Once deemed a futuristic new community, the Jonathan Association moves into the 21st century with a fresh new design for its landmark.
Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Samantha Burnette, 16, was gunned down around 7:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Sims Avenue. Her sister, Brittany Rock, was injured and taken to Regions Hospital.
Allina, nurses union to meet for talks Tuesday

Allina, nurses union to meet for talks Tuesday

The nurses have been on strike at 5 hospitals since Sept. 5.

Former worker at Prior Lake Catholic church charged with having sex with underage girl

The suspect was a 23-year-old youth worker at St. Michael Catholic Church. The victim was 16.
Minnesota schools on a health kick following federal regulations

Minnesota schools on a health kick following federal regulations

A yearslong effort has put healthier options on school lunch trays across the state.
St. Cloud mall attack that injured 10 probed as terrorism

St. Cloud mall attack that injured 10 probed as terrorism

The attacker who wounded 10 inside the mall was shot and killed by an off-duty officer. The suspect's identity was revealed Sunday by his father.
Obituary: Alan M. Shapiro, who gave voice to challenge of early-onset Alzheimer's, dies at 67

Obituary: Alan M. Shapiro, who gave voice to challenge of early-onset Alzheimer's, dies at 67

Alan M. Shapiro raced at full speed through all his endeavors, from proposing marriage to professional pursuits. Because early onset Alzheimer's disease cheated him of…
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.
Carver priest keeps Mother Teresa's memory alive

Carver priest keeps Mother Teresa's memory alive

The Rev. Thomas Joseph plans to honor the nun on Sunday when she becomes the newest Catholic saint.
Prince superfans snap up Paisley Park tour tickets

Prince superfans snap up Paisley Park tour tickets

Fans expressed delight that they'll be able to see some of their idol's belongings.
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