Valeria Silva

Superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools since 2009. For 25 years previously, she was an educator and administrator in St. Paul Public Schools and with the Minnesota Department of Education. She is the only Latina superintendent of a large urban school district in the United States.

St. Paul
September 17, 2019
Aaron Benner

Former St. Paul teacher settles retaliation suit against district for $525,000

Aaron Benner said district retaliated against him for criticizing its discipline practices.
St. Paul
August 27, 2019
Aaron Benner

Former St. Paul teacher can seek punitive damages from district, judge rules

He's suing St. Paul district, alleging retaliation for criticizing discipline plan.
East Metro
April 18, 2019
Students, parents and supporters made a tunnel of support for faculty as they entered the school on Thursday, April 18, 2018 outside of Ramsey Element

Anoka-Hennepin parents rally for Ramsey teachers dealing with rising unruliness

More must be done to stop disruptive behavior at Ramsey Elementary, supporters say.
East Metro
February 25, 2018
Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, center, seen answering questions ahead of a possible teachers strike.

St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard charts back-to-basics approach

Schools chief says he'll focus on instruction, not infrastructure, to boost student achievement.
St. Paul
October 4, 2017

St. Paul School District outlines bargaining strategy

'Working within our budget' is one aim, but no specific dollar figure given.
St. Paul
September 29, 2017
Former St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva is returning to the education arena.

Ex-St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva takes job at New York academy

Ousted superintendent to train school leaders during 2017-18 school year.
East Metro
July 10, 2017
Aaron Benner

St. Paul school district seeks to have discrimination case tossed

Former teacher Aaron Benner has alleged retaliation by district.
St. Paul
July 9, 2017
Joe Gothard is the superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools. Photographed in his office, Thursday, July 6, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.

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
May 31, 2017
Aaron Benner

St. Paul NAACP enters fray in teacher's court case over being targeted

Local chapter 'very concerned' about alleged retaliation against black teacher.
St. Paul
May 25, 2017
St. Paul Central High teacher John Ekblad, center, failed to prove his case merited consideration beyond the remedies provided by the stateā€™s worker

Battered teacher's case against St. Paul schools dismissed

Federal judge rules Central High teacher's injuries covered by workers' comp.
St. Paul
May 11, 2017
Aaron Benner, a former St. Paul Public Schools teacher and outspoken critic of the district's student discipline policies, is suing his former employe

Outspoken teacher sues St. Paul schools, alleges retaliation

Aaron Benner alleges district retaliated against him after he accused it of lax discipline practices.
St. Paul
May 5, 2017
St. Paul Central High teacher John Eklbad, center, appears to grimace in pain while switching chairs before speaking to media members Tuesday, Dec. 22

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
April 25, 2017
St. Paul, which soon will welcome a new school superintendent, Joe Gothard. The district announced Tuesday that it has a verbal agreement with him for

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.
East Metro
April 17, 2017
John Ekblad

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.
St. Paul
March 29, 2017
Parents, teachers and St. Paul community members discussed Joe Gothard after he spoke at Wednesday night's meeting of St. Paul Public Schools superint

St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

Community meetings and interviews proceed after one candidate drops out.
St. Paul
March 23, 2017

St. Paul names three outsiders as finalists for top schools job

Final choice expected in April after community meetings, site visits.
East Metro
March 9, 2017
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

School safety task force in Ramsey County seeks community help

Group convened by County Attorney John Choi issued recommendations Thursday.
St. Paul
February 7, 2017
John Thein, interim superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, was introduced by school board Chairman Jon Schumacher in June.

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 ā€” subject to negotiations.
St. Paul
January 28, 2017

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…
East Metro
December 12, 2016
St. Paul Johnson High School held their 2013 Commencement Exercises Monday evening, June 3, 2013 at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. The stage was set for

St. Paul schools weigh changing start times

Board may phase in later start time for teens, earlier for elementary students.
St. Paul
November 26, 2016
After being ousted as superintendent in St. Paul, Valeria Silva wants to stay in education.

Valeria Silva, on the outside looking in, still yearns to be a force in education

Ousted St. Paul schools superintendent knows what works for students, interim successor says.
September 5, 2016
St. Paul Central High teacher John Eklbad, center, spoke to the media about an assault by a student at St. Paul Central High in December 2015.

New year brings new look at school safety

Injury reports point to tough work ahead.
St. Paul
September 1, 2016

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
August 14, 2016

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.
East Metro
August 7, 2016
John Thein, interim superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, was introduced by school board Chairman Jon Schumacher on June 22 in St. Paul.

St. Paul schools officials aim to rebuild trust, respect

Superintendent joins board in discussing goals ā€” and how to get there amid changing times.