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
July 25

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

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
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
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

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

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

St. Paul parents and others rally against school cuts

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

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

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

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
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
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
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.
St. Paul
March 9

Como Park High teacher criticized by Black Lives Matter now on paid leave

Last week, Black Lives Matter St. Paul threatened a "shutdown action" at Como Park over the teacher's social media posts critical of school district support of teachers.
St. Paul
March 8

St. Paul schools face $15.1 million budget gap for 2016-17

The announcement of a budget gap comes as a push is made for a new middle school on city's East Side.
East Metro
March 7

Possible protest at Como Park High is off, superintendent said

Group threatened a shutdown over a teacher's posts, but then met with the superintendent.
East Metro
March 7
St. Paul schools superintendent Valeria Silva speaks to the media duri...

Black Lives Matter leader, St. Paul schools chief to meet this morning

Group threatens shutdown, demands that Como Park Senior High teacher be fired over Facebook posts.
St. Paul
March 4

St. Paul students advise school board, speak out

Student advisory panel takes on in-school policing.
East Metro
March 2

Lawsuit served in St. Paul teacher assault

A St. Paul teacher who was assaulted by a Central High student in December is proceeding with a lawsuit alleging that the St. Paul Public Schools failed to protect him from assaultive behavior and violence.
East Metro
February 16

Loyalty test for St. Paul teachers gets unhappy results

St. Paul has a problem with unhappy teachers, and issues go beyond the safety concerns now being discussed at the bargaining table. Discontent is evident in results of school-by-school surveys obtained by the Star Tribune.
St. Paul
January 19

St. Paul deploys administrators to 11 troubled schools

Administrators to work with principals to provide assistance where needed.
East Metro
January 11

Silva sends more staff into St. Paul schools to deal with misbehavior

Facing criticism, she sends administrators to schools.
East Metro
January 5

'Change' candidates take reins on St. Paul school board

One of the four newcomers unveiled a list of proposed priorities for 2016, a surprise that Superintendent Valeria Silva didn't appreciate.
East Metro
January 2

Student-on-staff violence cases escalate in suburban Ramsey County

But interviews with law enforcement officials in the suburban communities reveal no concerns about assaultive behavior in traditional school settings.
St. Paul
December 22, 2015
St. Paul Central High teacher John Ekblad, center, says he has no memory of the Dec. 4 attack by a student.

St. Paul teacher, suing district after assault, speaks of struggles

St. Paul teacher assaulted by a student describes injuries, alleges unsafe climate.