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Kim McGuire

Reporter | West metro education
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Kim McGuire covers education in the west metro for the Star Tribune.
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Census data show Minneapolis, St. Paul continue steady growth

Population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show steady growth across cities in the metro area since 2010, particularly the core cities. Percentage change in population between 2010 and 2014.
FAIR School plans move ahead despite lack of clarity on management

FAIR School plans move ahead despite lack of clarity on management

The Minneapolis and Robbinsdale school districts are forging ahead with plans for the FAIR School even though legislators failed to pass a measure that would formally transfer management of the fine-arts magnet school.
Minneapolis continues growth spurt, census data show

Minneapolis continues growth spurt, census data show

Minneapolis is now the 46th-largest city in the country, moving up two positions over the past year, new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2014 show.
New safeguards in place to protect Minnesota students taking state exams

New safeguards in place to protect Minnesota students taking state exams

Testing vendor says new filters will block hackers. Florida schools also had trouble.

Cyberattack halts state MCAs for the second time this year

Computer problems continue to plague kids taking state examinations.

Edina voters approve $125 million bond measure to renovate schools

Owners of a $400,000 home would pay $299 more per year to help modernize classrooms and expand high school.
Edina schools seek $125M to modernize classrooms, instruction

Edina schools seek $125M to modernize classrooms, instruction

District is asking voters to fund a proposal that calls for adding on to the high school and security and infrastructure improvements.
When seniors play students at volleyball, guess who usually wins?

When seniors play students at volleyball, guess who usually wins?

When the old folks take on the young folks at volleyball, guess who usually wins ...
Frank Wilderson Jr., first black VP at U, to be honored for long career

Frank Wilderson Jr., first black VP at U, to be honored for long career

He has spent decades creating a hospitable space for black students, faculty and others
School districts mulling chance for teens to sleep later

School districts mulling chance for teens to sleep later

More districts weigh shift, which helps sleepy teens perform better in the classroom.

Minnesota board accused of denying licenses to qualified teachers

Four teachers have sued the Minnesota Board of Teaching, accusing the state agency of routinely denying licenses to qualified teachers, many of whom are teachers of color or teach in hard-to-fill areas such as special education or English language learner instruction.
Family, St. Louis Park schools reach $3M settlement in boy's drowning

Family, St. Louis Park schools reach $3M settlement in boy's drowning

Twelve-year-old Abdullahi Charif died last year several days after he was found floating in a pool following a middle-school swim class.

Minnesota's No Child Left Behind waiver renewed for four more years

Minnesota and four other states were first group to receive waiver renewals.

Special education students at Harrison Education Center subject to fights, poor instruction, federal complaint claims

Group claims Minneapolis school is failing special education students.
'Grow your own' teacher of color programs provide a solution

'Grow your own' teacher of color programs provide a solution

Districts are stepping up efforts to hire teachers of color as student diversity is increasing across Minnesota.
Breck student honored for project mixing Indian history, science

Breck student honored for project mixing Indian history, science

Grant Two Bulls’ work analyzing 200-year-old pollen samples is creating a new and fascinating snapshot of an American Indian encampment on Lake Calhoun.
Former and current athletes square off across the volleyball net

Former and current athletes square off across the volleyball net

On one side, youth. On the other, experience. Guess who usually wins when students and seniors play volleyball?
Dayton calls students overtested, wants to trim mandated tests

Dayton calls students overtested, wants to trim mandated tests

The governor inserted himself into a contentious debate about the amount of time children spend taking exams each year.
As veteran teachers face more time demands, placing student teachers grows more difficult

As veteran teachers face more time demands, placing student teachers grows more difficult

The day before Dani Denison was set to begin student teaching at a metro-area high school, she sent an e-mail to the teacher who had…
Feb. 20: School suspensions down, including black students, state ed officials say

Feb. 20: School suspensions down, including black students, state ed officials say

Citing positive changes in the ways schools handle behavior problems, Department says suspensions down 20 percent between 2010 and 2014
Charter schools struggling to meet academic growth

Charter schools struggling to meet academic growth

A Star Tribune analysis shows that students in most Minnesota charter schools are failing to hit learning targets and are not achieving adequate academic growth. It also shows a widening gap between success of white and minority students.

Minnesota schools lose $74M under GOP plan, White House says

The Republican-backed measure to oust No Child Left Behind would hurt the nation’s poorest schools, the report says.

Edina residents to vote May 5 on $125M plan for schools

The school district will hold a referendum on a $125 million bond proposal on May 5.

State investigating Minneapolis daycare accused of leaving boy, 3, on bus for hours

Daycare accused of leaving boy on bus outside a learning center
New Hopkins charter school to offer Classical instruction and Hebrew

New Hopkins charter school to offer Classical instruction and Hebrew

Classical and Hebrew instruction highlight the academy opening this fall.
GOP, Democrats gird for showdown on No Child Left Behind overhaul

GOP, Democrats gird for showdown on No Child Left Behind overhaul

This spring, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are girding for one of the biggest showdowns in a decade on how to revamp the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind law that fundamentally challenged norms in public education by requiring schools prove ­students were effectively learning core subjects.
Possible change in management leaves FAIR school parents worried

Possible change in management leaves FAIR school parents worried

Future is uncertain for popular programs in east and west metro.
Edina school board to vote on $125M referendum

Edina school board to vote on $125M referendum

The $125 million measure for school upgrades would be the district’s first in over 10 years.
Cold mixed with mischief hurts school attendance

Cold mixed with mischief hurts school attendance

The brutal blast of arctic air that shut down schools across Minnesota on Wednesday also gave students a good excuse to stay home — even…
Blast of dangerous cold closes many schools in Minnesota

Blast of dangerous cold closes many schools in Minnesota

A blast of dangerously cold weather prompted many districts to close for Wednesday, as education officials wrestled with how best to protect students from the minus-30 windchills forecast.
Students form new relationship with Minnetonka seniors

Students form new relationship with Minnetonka seniors

Minnetonka senior citizens hope to get more invested in local high schools.
We're in a deep freeze, and in Twin Cities classes go on

We're in a deep freeze, and in Twin Cities classes go on

Minneapolis and St. Paul schools implement new weather rules on when to close. Now, the windchill must be at least 35 below. As of Monday morning, the Twin Cities just missed that threshold.
Citing an oversight need, schools push Dayton to name school trust lands director

Citing an oversight need, schools push Dayton to name school trust lands director

Schools say they were promised governor would name director for their 2.5 million-acre land trust.

School foundations give Minnesota kids a leg up

  Most conversations about school funding in Minnesota revolve around federal and state dollars or the lack thereof. Local investments in education get a lot…

New school bathrooms seek to ensure that all genders feel safe and welcome

Walking to the bathroom can be a 20-minute odyssey for Blake School’s Schmitty Smith. Smith must traverse four flights of stairs to the school’s basement…
No. 13: Gov. Dayton calls off school statewide because of cold

No. 13: Gov. Dayton calls off school statewide because of cold

Gov. Dayton took the rare step of canceling classes on Monday due to subzero temps. Several other organizations followed suit. Wind chills could drop as low as -60 early Monday morning.

Minnesota recognizes 22 high-performing schools

The “Celebration School” honor goes to improved schools that get federal poverty aid.
Osseo students get chance to hone interest in engineering

Osseo students get chance to hone interest in engineering

Recognizing the value in science, technology, engineering and math skills, Osseo High School is making a major investment in Project Lead the Way.

WMEP considers giving up school ownership

Plans include the program’s FAIR schools being managed or owned by local school districts.

Advocates want more state money to expand early education opportunities in Minnesota

Advocates say Gov. Mark Dayton’s pledge of programs for every 3- and 4-year-old in the state has inspired them.

University of Minnesota study bolsters case for all-day preschool

Research found the preschoolers, particularly poor, minority kids, scored better on readiness tests.

Bloomington Public Schools set to open College and Career Academy next fall

Career and College Academy will open next fall, and offer classes in four fields that don’t require college.
Three Minnesota students play vital role in antibullying law

Three Minnesota students play vital role in antibullying law

They are student representatives on the state council overseeing the implementation of the law, which gives schools across the state new tools to combat student harassment.
Obituary: Scott Wenzel was a passionate voice for public schools

Obituary: Scott Wenzel was a passionate voice for public schools

During the 18 years he served on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board, Scott Wenzel was unafraid to take on thorny issues and speak his mind, especially if he believed his actions helped students and teachers, colleagues said.
Online snow days get early trial run

Online snow days get early trial run

Some private schools’ online class programs got an early test run Monday when the season’s first snowfall caused closings.
Fridley bus company's performance has parents dismayed

Fridley bus company's performance has parents dismayed

Fridley firm has drawn ire for missing buses, late service. It says it has strong safety record.
Voters support most Minn. school districts' requests for more tax dollars

Voters support most Minn. school districts' requests for more tax dollars

Eden Prairie, Elk River among districts that came out ahead.
Eden Prairie votes to renew, increase expiring school levy

Eden Prairie votes to renew, increase expiring school levy

New construction was another major item in several bond questions.
Eden Prairie schools seek levy renewal to stave off massive cuts

Eden Prairie schools seek levy renewal to stave off massive cuts

The school district is asking voters for more money; if not, district officials say, they will be forced to cut programs and teacher jobs.
Princeton teacher wins Milken Award, considered the "Oscars” of education

Princeton teacher wins Milken Award, considered the "Oscars” of education

With the national education award comes a $25,000 cash prize and acknowledgment that Angela Harvala is one of the best U.S. teachers.
New Anoka-Hennepin schools leader returns to his roots

New Anoka-Hennepin schools leader returns to his roots

David Law returns to district of his youth on a mission to enhance its reputation.

West, north metro schools seek taxpayer help Nov. 4

Robbinsdale district is one of several in the west and north metro seeking levy dollars.
Minnesota schools scramble to catch up on computer coding

Minnesota schools scramble to catch up on computer coding

An increasing number of Minnesota students are forming software coding clubs, attending coding camps, and participating in organized coding events known as CoderDojos, which are popping up across the state.
Writing Center pairs freshmen 'coaches' with middle-school students

Writing Center pairs freshmen 'coaches' with middle-school students

The South View Writing Center helps demystify the writing process and boosts collaboration between students.
State steps up efforts to roll out the new bullying law

State steps up efforts to roll out the new bullying law

Last week, the issue of bullying was thrust back in the spotlight as the Minnesota State High School League considered a policy that would allow transgender athletes to play on a team of their chosen gender identity. Several transgender people testified about harassment they endured in school.
State identifies 155 high-poverty schools that are struggling

State identifies 155 high-poverty schools that are struggling

The high-poverty schools aren’t doing enough to close the achievement gap between white and minority students or have overall academic performance problems.

Eight Minnesota schools get Blue Ribbon status

Every elementary school in Brainerd School District got Blue Ribbon designation as top school.
Aug.: State test scores show achievement gap persists

Aug.: State test scores show achievement gap persists

Minnesota students showed little overall improvement in reading, math or science, according to the latest batch of results from statewide, standardized tests taken by nearly 500,000 elementary and high school students this spring.
Karner Blue designed with special needs in mind

Karner Blue designed with special needs in mind

Named after a locally endangered butterfly, the school came out of long-term planning to deal with an increasing number of students with special needs.
Valley View Elementary students beat the odds

Valley View Elementary students beat the odds

Though the Columbia Heights school has high levels of poverty, its MCA scores are consistently among the highest in the state.

Mobile pantry's end leaves needy uncertain

Target blames low participation. pulls funding for program at 11 Twin Cities schools.
Free all-day kindergarten for first time rolls out across Minnesota

Free all-day kindergarten for first time rolls out across Minnesota

This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners.

English learners steady on tests

Minnesota students who are learning to speak English held steady on both the math and reading portions of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, which were released…
Met Council can design Blue Line extension to northern suburbs, feds say

Met Council can design Blue Line extension to northern suburbs, feds say

Met Council gets federal approval to begin the design of a 13-mile extension.
Snowy owl that captured DC's imagination dies in Minnesota

Snowy owl that captured DC's imagination dies in Minnesota

The snowy owl was rehabilitated at the U’s raptor center after being hit by a Washington bus.
Polar bear twins coming to Como Zoo

Polar bear twins coming to Como Zoo

Neil and Buzz, St. Paul’s polar bears, will get their new neighbors this fall.
Generation Next pushes ambitious plan to reduce achievement gap

Generation Next pushes ambitious plan to reduce achievement gap

Gaps in graduation rates between white students and minority students persist. The plan from Generation Next, the education reform group led by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, aims to reduce that gap.
Minnesota teachers who pay for kids' supplies get some help

Minnesota teachers who pay for kids' supplies get some help

Groups donate time, goods to fill a gap for strapped districts, parents.

Union praises Edina schools, blasts Minnetonka district on child labor complaints

A laborers union said it found the violations at school sites as districts add on to prepare for all-day kindergarten classes in fall.

One complaint resolved, another drags on in Twin Cities child labor complaints

Edina School District has solved claim, but Minnetonka case is one still being reviewed.

Three Rivers Park Dist. to lease gadgets that help locate lost visitors

District hopes devices will aid vulnerable park-goers.

Minnetonka schools say teen worker helped dad

School District rebuts union child-labor claim.

Twin Cities union spots child labor, again

A minor was found working at a school site in Minnetonka.
Court: Mpls. Washburn principal’s ouster not backed by evidence

Court: Mpls. Washburn principal’s ouster not backed by evidence

Patrick Exner was fired after accusations that he changed students’ GRAD test answers.

StudentsFirst pulls up stakes in Minnesota

The controversial group fought for basic-skills exams, teacher evaluations.
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