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Beatrice Dupuy

Education Reporter | Twin Cities metro area
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Claim that Sharpie pens ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark

As states across the U.S. release vote totals for the presidential election, some social media users are falsely claiming that ballots are being invalidated in…
Kathryn Lusack checked in with her son, Roderick Bright, 11, when he took a water break during football practice Tuesday evening at Knob Hill Park in

School choice splits Twin Cities suburbs into haves, have-nots

Parents are going the distance to enroll their children in schools that offer the programs and services they want, effectively redrawing the map of district boundaries in the process.

Malware found on Tettegouche State Park computers

August visitors to northeastern Minnesota park may have had their credit card information compromised.
The rapper K'naan has faced hostile reaction locally to his TV project. HBO decided not to pick it up.

HBO's plan not to produce 'Mogadishu, Minnesota' draws range of local reaction

HBO announced Friday that it would not continue with the series "Mogadishu, Minnesota."
Justine Meyers and Zoey Myers, members of Troop 1554, stocked their Little Free Pantry Tuesday in Chaska.

Girl Scouts open up Little Free Pantry in Chaska

Chaska Troop 1554 makes toiletries, nonperishables available 24/7 to anyone in need.
Waconia High School teacher David Aeling worked on a wood cabinet at ELKAY — Medallion Cabinetry plant in Waconia. He is taking part in a teacher wo

Waconia High School teachers get immersion in Chamber of Commerce program

Two Waconia High School teachers take part in Minnesota Business Education Network to help build a local workforce.
Johanna Morrow was one of two musicians to play the didgeridoo during Justine Damond’s memorial ceremony Friday night at Lake Harriet Band Shell in

'Justine should not have died,' father tells crowd at memorial

Hundreds of people gathered at the Lake Harriet Band Shell to honor the woman fatally shot last month by a Minneapolis police officer.
Barton Open School students in a combination third- and fourth-grade class taught by Jaci Sullivan socialized while eating lunch in their classroom th

Minnesota math scores down a bit; reading results are flat

"It's frustrating to see test scores slowly increasing over time, but there's more to providing a student with a well-rounded education than can be seen in a test," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement.

Apple Valley High School security guard cleared after fight

Authorities have cleared an Apple Valley High School security guard after an altercation between students in June.Jason Rieck had been placed on leave by the…
School President Donna Harris speaks during a prayer service at the Minnehaha Academy Lower School on Wednesday.

School leader survived blast, plans to shepherd Academy through 'uncharted waters'

Donna Harris, who received minor injuries in the blast, described her role as that of a shepherd who seeks to guide staffers toward making the best decisions for students.
A coalition of 18 advocacy organizations, including the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership and the YWCA, sent a letter to Minnesota Education Comm

Student testing continues, but state revamps school grading

The state would focus its attention on a small set of the lowest-performing schools, a plan that some critics says sets the bar too low.
Students sit on the bus at the end of the school day at Eastview Elementary School in Lakeville on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Fines to increase for Minnesota drivers violating school bus law

Illegally passing a bus with its stop arm extended could result in a $500 fine, up from $300.
Students boarded a traditional bus on their way to school. The electric bus’ exterior will look the same as this one.

First electric school bus - running on wind power - to debut in Lakeville

Students in Lakeville will have the chance to ride an electric school bus running on wind energy this school year.
Kenyatta Foster, right, hugged Missy Sims, her father's childhood friend, during a vigil for Kenneth J. Foster. He was killed a week ago when a car dr

Family, friends, strangers honor man killed in 'horrific' St. Paul bus-car crash

A Friday night vigil was organized by a resident of the street where Kenneth Foster died last weekend.
Timothy Dorway's booking photo.

Former Chanhassen High School principal sentenced to prison for porn possession

Timothy Dorway sentenced to five years in prison, admits porn addiction.
Shakopee Public Schools approves Gary Anger, current superintendent of Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools, as interim superintendent for the district unt

Zumbrota-Mazeppa superintendent to lead Shakopee schools

Shakopee school leaders hope that new leader will help district heal after former Superintendent Rod Thompson resigned.
Protesters blocked traffic in downtown Minneapolis as they marched from Loring Park to City Hall on Friday night.

Marchers cheer news of Harteau's departure, interrupt mayor

After a rally at Loring Park, protesters headed downtown to City Hall, where they delayed the mayor's news conference on the police chief's resignation.
Zeam Porter, a transgender college student spoke in support of the adoption of the toolkit, as did his mother, Ea McMillan Porter.

Minnesota Department of Education approves toolkit to help transgender students

Supporters cheered the draft kit to be sent to schools, while opponents predicted legal challenge.

Red Lake man charged in shooting death of juvenile in fight over PlayStation

The 20-year-old is accused of fatally shooting a juvenile male on June 25.
Dennis Dvorak, founder of the New Prague Historical Society, held a photo of the girls’ basketball team from 1923. Dvorak plans to put the New Pragu

Time capsule discovered on New Prague school property

Lessons from the past offer surprising insights into New Prague's future.
Minnesota’s rate of students graduating from high school reached its highest point ever in 2016, but there’s been a slight decrease in the number

New report reveals small dip in college-bound Minn. high school students

High school graduation peaked in 2016 with 82.2 percent finishing school.
Natalia Rico Hernández

Natalia Hernández, new Breck school leader, starts work

Head of school comes to Golden Valley from New Orleans.
Zebra mussels continue to spread to Minnesota lakes, with Wright County's Cedar Lake the latest.

Zebra mussels found in Wright County's Cedar Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources called it the first new-lake confirmation of 2017.
Curt Tryggestad

Perpich Center for Arts Education names new executive director

Eden Prairie schools superintendent to lead embattled arts agency.
Teacher Jesse Lindsay interacts with her students.

Does Minnesota lead the nation in per-pupil spending? Not anymore

A new report comparing school revenues and spending in each state shows how Minnesota stacks up
Rod Thompson

Shakopee will pay superintendent $50K after OK'ing resignation

An investigation uncovered a history of Superintendent Rod Thompson misusing his district credit card, with more than $3,500 in personal purchases, including a TV and a trip to Nashville.
The Erbes sisters, Maia, 14, and Erin, 16, checked out books at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville with their mom, Lisa Erbes. Teens like these can u

Dakota, Scott libraries offer deal to students: Come on in, it's all fine (free)

Dakota and Scott libraries partner with schools to give students fine-free library cards.
Shakopee residents expressed optimism that the school district could move past Superintendent Rod Thompson’s troubled tenure and a $4.5 million budg

School watchdogs hail resignation of Shakopee superintendent

Shakopee watchdogs had raised questions over finances, credit-card use.
Rod Thompson left the St. Anthony schools to take over Shakopee. Now he is part of a police investigation into purchases made with Shakopee School Dis

Shakopee superintendent's home searched as part of spending probe

Police focus on purchases made with district card.
Cruz

Minneapolis man charged in girlfriend's hit-and-run injury

Victim was severely injured; police are still searching for assailant.
Richfield High Principal Latanya Daniels delivered high-fives to graduating seniors Genesis Ballinas and Cecilia Martinez.

On graduation day, Richfield High School principal delivers

Richfield High School principal leverages data, dedication to improve graduation rates.

Apple Valley High School guard on leave following altercation between students

Muslim group says student was mistreated at Apple Valley High School.
Champlin Park High School teacher Jessica Wilson, center, hosted a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance.

As federal order expires, Anoka-Hennepin school district faces new battles

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is closing a dark chapter in its history. The Department of Justice placed the district under a consent decree in 2012…
Koryne Horbal

Obituary: Koryne Horbal championed women's rights worldwide

Koryne Horbal crusaded for women's rights, knocked down barriers and mentored countless young women.The feminist and political activist spent her life championing equality. She drafted…
Chara Blanch was one of the protesters who spoke at the school board meeting during the public comment period. She and others were upset over the firi

Protesters shut down Richfield school board meeting

More than 70 protesters screaming, "Shame on you," prompted Richfield school board members to retreat behind a closed door after their vote to terminate a district employee for wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.
Twin brothers Dayton, left, and Dante Buck fist-bumped before a lacrosse game against Eastview High School Thursday.

South metro to host metro-wide Pow Wow event for graduating seniors

May 20 event aims to bring native culture to both students and community members.
Delano Teachers Union President Jeremy Wenzel keeps his sign up in his social studies classroom at Delano High School. The union distributed the signs

Delano now is telling teachers diversity signs can stay up

Parents in the west-metro community took issue with the colors on the sign, which they felt focused on the gay and lesbian community. After hearing objections, school officials show support for unity effort.
Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott, left, shook hands with Eric Schnell, COO of Aeon, after Elliott told the roomful of people there to attend a city council

Hot market, close call have Richfield looking at ways to protect affordable housing

Facing the pressure of for-profit developers, officials discuss how to help renters.
Ali-Jae Nicolai, 17, a junior at New Prague High School, carries a selection of dresses while shopping for prom dresses at Macy's at the Mall of Ameri

Minnesota's prom-going girls use Facebook to vet their dresses

High school students turn to social media before they say "yes" to the prom dress.

$4.5 million budget error triggers investigation of Shakopee schools

Shakopee school board hires St. Paul firm for independent review.
Alexa Beguhl, a senior at St. Anthony Village High School, was among students who participated in WMEP’s Civil Rights Research Experience program Ma

Defections shake up Twin Cities school integration programs

Edina and Hopkins are the latest two school districts to break from a west metro desegregation district that once counted 11 member school districts.
Sioux Trail Elementary third-graders, Salma Omar, left, and Marriana Ristamaki-McKee tried to drink their milk.

'Moo Crew' cuts milk waste at Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville

Principal, custodian challenged students to find creative ways to get their peers to drink up.
The "senior prank" at New Prague High School was positive messages written on Post-Its and stuck to lockers.

New Prague senior 'pranks' other students with positive locker notes

New Prague student had a simple motive: "I wanted everyone to smile."

Osseo schools set to end contract with racial-equity consultant

School board says $152K cost for Pacific Educational Group services is too high.

University of St. Thomas student leader's tweets come back to haunt him

School president decried anti-Semitic posts, made public by an anti-hate speech group.

Shakopee school officials notifiy staff over $4.5 million budget error

The superintendent's e-mail said that a miscalculation caused by "human error" meant that school officials had to cut spending for the rest of this school year and look hard at next year's budget.
Math bowl judges oversaw the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League Tournament at South St. Paul High School on Monday

Sophomore beats last year's champ in MN Math League bowl

An Eden Prairie student out-calculated the rest to claim this year's trophy.
Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley

Charges delayed in alleged sex encounter at Champlin Park High

Prosecutors have deferred charges against a 42-year-old man who allegedly evaded Champlin Park High School security to have sex with a 19-year-old special-needs student in the school.
From left, Kevin Lee, Emily Pauly and Josh Groven recorded a rap song in the studio at the School for Environmental Studies on Tuesday. Pauly launched

Record label provides students a voice in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district

Student's vision creates an opportunity for her peers to create music, learn the business.
A St. Paul school residency program is helping Elizabeth Thao work to become a special-education teacher.

Twin Cities schools find creative ways to hire, keep teachers

A troublesome teacher shortage has Minnesota public schools fighting for hires and scrambling to hold on to newcomers.
Will Grahek, who grew up in Centerville and graduated from Centennial High School, was shot and killed last month in Duluth.

Duluth police arrest 5 in killing of St. Paul police officer's son

Duluth police have arrested four people in connection with the shooting death of a St. Paul police sergeant’s 22-year-old son. A fifth suspect was already…
Richfield tenth-graders Kenny Tran and Caleb Sotl compared results during their pre-calculus class. Richfield High School has seen an increase in grad

Minnesota high school grad rates show narrowing achievement gap

Disparities remain, but graduation rates were up for all in 2016.
"Bonkers" is how Tanner Glaza described ice skating in Minnesota at 60 degrees. Hanna Peterson said "its an amazing feeling to have the hot sun on you

Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

It is only the fifth time that has happened in February.
Bennet Cyrus

Obituary: Bennet Cyrus was charismatic entrepreneur

Until his last days, Bennet Cyrus was shouting at the Minnesota Vikings. Cyrus was usually a calm man, but when football came on, he unleashed…
This screen grab from the Internal Revenue Service website shows a sample W-2 form. Employers are being tricked into sending detailed employee tax inf

Cyberscam that hit Bloomington school workers puts Minn. districts on defensive

Minnesota school districts use training and insurance to guard against hackers.

Shakopee High looks into spread of inappropriate sexual photos

Shakopee police investigating the circulation of inappropriate photos of multiple students at Shakopee High School.

Security breach steals tax info for all Bloomington public school employees

Phishing scam may be using stolen W-2 forms to file phony tax forms.
“We don’t need a level of governance to make this work,” said Edina Superintendent Ric Dressen, shown during training with teachers. “We can m

'HopDina' partnership pays dividends for two school districts

What started as a friendship between the Edina and Hopkins superintendents has grown into an effort that has cut costs for their schools.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, shown in 2014.

Minnesota reaction to federal judge's ruling on executive order

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who was part of the lawsuit at the heart of Friday's decision, applauded the ruling in a statement. “Five federal…
Osseo High School math teacher Waleid Hassan taught a class on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Osseo, Minn.

More Minnesota teachers leaving jobs, new state report shows

One-fourth of new teachers leave within first three years, according to a new state report.
Sen. Al Franken met with Minnesota workers about President Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the labor and education departments.

Franken hears criticism of Trump education nominee DeVos

Support of private over public schools comes under fire in Minneapolis meeting.
Nghi Anderson, left, of Liberty Classical Academy, and Nicole Blissenbach, of Education Minnesota, debated school choice after a rally at the State Ca

School choice debate kicks off at Minn. State Capitol

Activists on both sides rally over scholarship bills.
Dawn Devens, a Minnesota Zoo employee, spoke with a group of students about the snow monkey’s diet. The program challenged the students to improve t

Echo Park Elementary School third-graders designing new zoo exhibit

It's part of a program to develop "authentic learning" to teach kids about careers in sciences.

Bail bond employee charged with forging bond

A Champlin man is accused of fabricating a bond for Beverly Burrell, the Twin Cities woman charged in four overdose cases.

Case of tuberculosis found at St. Louis Park High School

St. Louis Park High notifies families that others may need to be screened.
Timothy Dorway's booking photo.

Board to formalize firing of Chanhassen principal linked to child porn

The Eastern Carver County school board will vote Jan. 23 to formally terminate Chanhassen High School principal Timothy Dorway's employment in the wake of child pornography charges against him.
Marion Anderson

Roseville massage employee charged with assaulting customer

Elements Massage in Roseville fired man after customer complaint.

Minnesotans felt confusion, terror as chaos unfolded

Amid Friday's chaos at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Minnesotans Kevin and Leisa Baartman crouched inside luggage bins on the tarmac, confused and terrified.Moments earlier, the…
Students at L. H. Tanglen Elementary — fifth-graders Amir, front right; Daniel, left, and Pablo, partly visible — do a modified plank Thursday.

Indoor recess helps kids cope with winter cold snap

Planking, anyone? Twin Cities schools adapt to cold snap, keep kids indoors but active.
Twin Cities Somali youth took top honors at a national Qur'an competiton this year, with 15 students receiving prizes and a Minneapolis student placin

Minnesota Somali students beat competition in Qur'an contest

Minnesotans won big at a memorization contest in Chicago last week.
Ann Fu of Woodbury took a picture of her son Mintai, 6, as he hoisted moose antlers in front of a diorama at the Bell Museum Thursday. His brother Min

Bell Museum visitors take in final hours before its closing on Saturday

The Bell Museum shuts its doors this week and will reopen St. Paul in 2018.
Officer Beverly Price showed off a donated french horn inside her office at Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville

Burnsville police officer gives gift of music to middle school – to the tune of $35K

School resource officer Beverly Price surprised Nicollet Middle School with a gift of instruments — just in time for the holidays.
Tenzin Bhuti, 18, worked on a coffee table with her team during Andrew Kastenberg’s women in engineering class at St. Anthony Village High School.

Girls-only engineering class builds for a cause

New class at St. Anthony Village High School gives girls a chance to shine, and helps refugee families, too.

Anoka-Hennepin School District employee charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls

Two alleged victims, now in their 20s, say the Coon Rapids man assaulted them for years. He is now on leave.
Timothy Dorway’s booking photo.

Chanhassen HS principal admits being drawn to preteen girls, charges say

Timothy Dorway, who remains in jail, has been on leave since his arrest. The Eastern Carver County School District said the case involves none of its students.