Kim McGuire

Reporter | West metro education
Phone: 612-673-4469
Kim McGuire covers education in the west metro for the Star Tribune.

Recent content from Kim McGuire

Minnesota's loose special ed rules drive up costs, boost enrollment

Loose Minnesota rules enable students who wouldn't qualify in other states to get services, straining budgets. All voices in the fight are certain they are acting in the best interests of schools and their students.

Updated: October 13, 2013, - 06:50 AM

Study: ‘White flight’ gets a nudge from Minnesota charter schools

Findings show charter schools with mostly white student bodies are opening in diverse neighborhoods.

Updated: October 08, 2013, - 08:16 PM

New digs give Breck students more room to learn in

The new 40,000-square-foot building is built in the same footprint of the old one but adds two new stories of space.

Updated: October 08, 2013, - 02:17 PM

Oct. 1, 2013: 27 Minn. schools shed low-performance labels

Twenty-seven schools are no longer failing in the second year of the new school ranking system in the state.

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 11:25 PM

Special education caseloads get a state task force's attention

More students need services, but a shortage of teachers persists.

Updated: September 24, 2013, - 09:38 PM

U training adds to the Teach for America debate

First alternative program under 2011 law needs state approval.

Updated: September 18, 2013, - 10:56 PM

Florida police hunting for two missing girls, their dad warn Minnesota authorities

Police in Florida are searching for two missing girls who may be headed to northern Minnesota with their father.The two...

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 10:44 PM

Columbia Heights charter beats odds for academic excellence

Global Academy’s college prep classes, a no-nonsense classroom culture and involved parents have contributed to remarkable results.

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 09:59 PM

Aug. 28: West metro school briefs: Eden Prairie upgrades school security

Eden PrairieNew visitor registration systemIn an effort to enhance security, the Eden Prairie School District is implementing a new visitor...

Updated: September 02, 2013, - 10:14 PM

Role of standardized tests changing in Minnesota

Standardized exams are increasingly being viewed as a way to track college readiness and offer better feedback to schools.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 07:01 PM

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