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.

East Metro
June 23

St. Paul schools budget not free of pain; staff cuts still on table

Faced with an $11 million funding gap, the St. Paul school board on Tuesday approved a $698 million budget for 2015-16 that aims to keep…
East Metro
June 16

Outspoken St. Paul teacher takes criticism to new heights

St. Paul “troublemaker” says district has tried to silence him over his views on suspensions.
St. Paul
May 30

St. Paul schools bring iPads into the classroom

To get a sense of the iPad’s potential to change teaching and learning in the St. Paul School District, just walk the halls of Mississippi…
April 21

'Change' candidates are big winners with St. Paul DFL

Party endorses four challengers — forcing three incumbents from the race in November.
St. Paul
March 14

'Caucus for Change' movement takes aim at St. Paul school board

St. Paul’s school board incumbents are in trouble this year — potential casualties of a movement powered by the district’s teachers union.
St. Paul
February 20

Chinese immersion school in St. Paul rings in a new year

More St. Paul families are choosing Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy.
East Metro
January 29

St. Paul schools chief Silva defends policies, changes

During annual address, St. Paul schools superintendent says inclusion and equity changes were “right thing to do.”
January 22

St. Paul school board member teaches a lesson

  In recent years, the St. Paul School District has held its own on the enrollment front, posting tiny gains amid strong charter school competition.…
East Metro
January 14

St. Paul schools crafting policy recognizing all genders

Plans outlined Tuesday come on heels of action elsewhere.
St. Paul
January 13

Enrollment to grow at slow, steady pace in St. Paul schools, study shows

Change comes after about a decade of student population decline between 2005-2014.
St. Paul
December 17, 2014
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St. Paul's Silva in line for bonus after satisfactory eval

The St. Paul schools chief is in line for a bonus following her job review, and her contract will be renewed after a challenging year.
East Metro
November 21, 2014

St. Paul school bus initiative targets rowdy riders — and their parents

School day begins at the bus stop, under program that offers an alternative to suspensions.
East Metro
November 16, 2014

Thinking of stealing an iPad? Don't bother, St. Paul school officials say

St. Paul tightens security as it hands out thousands of devices.
East Metro
October 12, 2014
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St. Paul schools turn to private staffing firm for substitute teachers

Move in St. Paul is met with positive and negative reviews.
East Metro
October 7, 2014
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Proposal to delay St. Paul school start time changes gets chilly reception

Superintendent pushes back against school board’s plan to shift schedules next year.
East Metro
October 7, 2014

May 30: St. Paul schools to put iPads in hands of all students

District pulled the plug on failed technology platform.
St. Paul
September 29, 2014

Property taxes on the rise for most in St. Paul

Shifts in tax burden and a rebound in housing values will make it “an interesting year” for homeowners.
East Metro
September 26, 2014

Prospects for school start time changes in St. Paul dim, for now

Parental concerns, partnership possibilities with Metro Transit open door to further study.
St. Paul
July 5, 2014

June 2: St. Paul weighing later high school and middle school start times

Studies show high school students perform better if they sleep longer.
St. Paul
June 29, 2014
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St. Paul schools looking to ease concerns about discipline, disorder

Summer conversations between St. Paul school board, teachers follow year during which middle-school suspensions soared.
June 20, 2014

May 3: St. Paul's Promise Neighborhood promotes achievement via support

The initiative hopes for annual funding from state leaders.
St. Paul
May 22, 2014

Failure to report abuse is focus of St. Paul school probe

Walter J. Happel, 62, resigned from his job at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus school on Feb. 26, as authorities began a criminal investigation into his behavior.
St. Paul
May 21, 2014

Racial equity work by St. Paul schools wins praise

Despite discipline complaints from some teachers, St. Paul schools were urged to continue reducing minority suspensions.
St. Paul
April 25, 2014
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Smaller classes in St. Paul schools mean less diversity

The St. Paul teachers’ contract may have an unwanted side effect: Limiting school spots for the city’s integration effort.
St. Paul
March 15, 2014

St. Paul school parents seek clarity on district's agenda

On the eve of school board approval of Strong Schools Strong Communities 2.0 (SSSC 2.0) next week, the district finds itself stumbling out of the gate.