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
March 29
Parents, teachers and St. Paul community members discussed Joe Gothard...

St. Paul hears from two finalists for top schools job

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

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
Ramsey County attorney John Choi announced that officer Jeronimo Yanez...

School safety task force in Ramsey County seeks community help

Group convened by County Attorney John Choi issued recommendations Thursday.
St. Paul
February 7
John Thein, interim superintendent of the St. Paul Public Schools, was introduced by school board Chairman Jon Schumacher on June 22 in St. Paul.

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 — subject to negotiations.
St. Paul
January 28

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 Mo...

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

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

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 — and how to get there amid changing times.
St. Paul
August 2, 2016

St. Paul school board fills board vacancy

Cedrick Baker, a Metropolitan Council administrator who has helped St. Paul parents navigate the public schools system, was appointed Tuesday to a two-month stint as…
East Metro
July 25, 2016

Interim chief is a calm and steady hand for St. Paul schools

Roseville superintendent left retirement to help his neighboring district heal.
St. Paul
July 4, 2016

Six St. Paul schools will pilot programs on safety, behavior

Six schools face significant challenges in seeking to turn around problem behavior.
St. Paul
June 22, 2016
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva

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
June 15, 2016
In this October 2015 file photo, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva spoke about school safety issues.

St. Paul schools Superintendent Silva is subject of buyout talks

Officials consider "transition options" amid growing criticism of her leadership.
June 9, 2016

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
May 30, 2016

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.
St. Paul
May 18, 2016

St. Paul parents and others rally against school cuts

Art, music and other electives endangered by budget-balancing proposal.
East Metro
May 1, 2016

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
April 26, 2016

St. Paul neighborhood takes fight to save school to school board

Despite door-to-door recruiting of families, low enrollment threatens school's closure.
St. Paul
April 12, 2016

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.
St. Paul
April 5, 2016
Former Edina teacher Deborah York listened as Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Ede...

Minnesota bill would bolster teachers in discipline matters

Bill heard Tuesday would ensure teachers are notified about kids who've assaulted school employees.
St. Paul
March 23, 2016
Susan Montgomery and her 11-year-old son, Taye Clinton, left, interrup...

St. Paul school board approves teacher contract after disruptive protests

Protesters interrupt school board meeting before vote on pact with safety provisions.
East Metro
March 14, 2016
An awards assembly at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School in St. Paul.

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.