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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

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.
Two male students at Edina High School wore overalls without shirts underneath to protest the rumored changes to the school dress code.

Protest over dress code erupts at Edina High School

In response to high schoolers' complaints, Edina said policy hasn't gotten more restrictive.

Malware found on Tettegouche State Park computers

August visitors to northeastern Minnesota park may have had their credit card information compromised.

International Falls man charged with using fake identity to solicit nude photos

A 36-year-old man has been charged with using a fake ID to obtain nude photos of children.
Minnehaha Upper School seniors and some staff members gathered in the parking lot before the first day of school.

Minnehaha Academy students get first look at temporary home

Students displaced by blast last month check out their temporary school.
The rapper K'naan was met Saturday with a hostile reaction to his TV project. The Somali artist says he’ll “represent my people in a tru

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."
Girl scouts Justine Meyers and Zoey Myers stocked up a free little pantry on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, in Chaska, Minn. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ï

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 works on a wood cabinet at ELKAY ñ Medallion Cabinetry plant in Waconia. The teacher is taking part in a

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.

'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

Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris hugged ninth-grader Alexis Stanley as she arrived for a prayer service Wednesday night after an explosion at

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.
Minnesota school superintendents were targeted by an e-mail "spear phishing" scam aimed at gathering financial information about their districts, whic

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 board the bus on their way to school. Lakeville Area Public Schools will introduce a fully electric bus for students to ride to and from scho

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 approaches the crowd to speak at her father�s vigil on Friday night.

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.
Marchers cheer news of Harteau's departure, interrupt mayor

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.
Rod Thompson

FBI, Shakopee police investigate spending by former superintendent

Thompson allegedly admitted to accepting perks from companies working with the school district, according to a search warrant affidavit filed this week.
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.
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Dennis Dvorak, founder of the New Prague Historical Society, holds up a photo of the girlsí

Time capsule discovered on New Prague school property

Lessons from the past offer surprising insights into New Prague's future.
Graduates line up to enter The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Ma. for the 2017 Berkshire Community College graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2017.

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. This clam encrusted with zebra mussels was found on the bottom of Lake Mille Lacs.

Zebra mussels found in Wright County's Cedar Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources called it the first new-lake confirmation of 2017.
Pedestrians cross the street as cars exit the parking lot of the Kmart on Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis on Thursday, November 5, 2015. ]

Minneapolis City Council OKs Kmart land purchase

The move is part of a plan to reopen Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was part of a community forum Saturday on the Senate health care bill. The meeting, held at the Diamondhead Education Center

Franken tells Burnsville forum: GOP bill isn't about health care

At the forum, citizens spoke emotionally about what Medicaid has meant for their health care.
Curt Tryggestad, Eden Prairie's new superintendent, briefly introduced himself to the district's new teachers at Eden Prairie High School, Monday, Aug

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.
Maia,14, and Erin,16, Erbes check out library books at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville with their mom, Lisa Erbes. Teens now have the chance to us

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.
Rod Thompson

School watchdogs hail resignation of Shakopee superintendent

Shakopee watchdogs had raised questions over finances, credit-card use.
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Rod Thompson, St. Anthony School District

Shakopee superintendent's home searched as part of spending probe

Police focus on purchases made with district card.
Mug of Jeffrey Anthony Cruz

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

Victim was severely injured; police are still searching for assailant.
Joe Slavin

Principal found in park died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

An Oakdale school principal found dead in a Woodbury park died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Thursday.
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

Koryne Horbal

Obituary: Koryne Horbal championed women's rights worldwide

Chara Blanch was one of the protestors who spoke out at the meeting during the public comment period. Blanch along with protestors with the Social Jus

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 Teachersí Union President Jeremy Wenzel keeps his sign up in his social studies classroom at Delano High School. The union distributed the

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.
Ernie Gonzales, an engineer in charge at Roosevelt High School, spoke on behalf of other janitor/engineers in charge whose positions are being elimina

Custodians oppose cuts in Minneapolis School District

Several from Roosevelt High spoke at a board meeting against the district's plan to cut back from about 100 engineers-in-charge and assistant engineers to just 15 "physical plant operators."
Nicholas Larson

Shakopee man charged in Minneapolis baby's death is nanny's husband

One-year-old Tara Engman died in 2015 of blunt-force injuries.
Erik Michael Akervik

Burnsville music teacher arrested again for messaging minor

Instagram communication with teenager violated bail conditions, authorities said.
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.
Instructor Mary Harding, bottom center, led a warmup for Perpich ballet students Wednesday afternoon.

Perpich Center for Arts Education waits, watches as legislators decide its future

Struggling high school and middle school operated by the center are in limbo.
People waited at the check-in area for Delta Air Lines last year at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. If Delta paid $9,950 to each perso

Delta offering up to $9,950 to avoid United fiasco for overbooked

Delta is set to take advantage of a competitor's stumble by significantly increasing its cash offers — up to nearly $10,000 — to passengers who give up a seat on an overbooked flight.
Derek Onserio, a senior at Providence Academy in Plymouth, was accepted to eight Ivy Laegue schools. Onserio has four siblings, two of which also atte

Minnesota high school senior gets into all 8 Ivy League schools

Derek Onserio received eight acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League Schools and the University of Minnesota.
Erik Michael Akervik

Charges: Burnsville teacher had sex with student, sent explicit messages to another

Erik Akervik, 29, is charged with two felonies in connection with the incident.

$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 progr

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.

Osseo schools cutting ties with PEG diversity consultant

A "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 judged the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League Tournament at South St. Paul High School, Monday, March 13, 2017 in South S

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.
Hopkins schools chief selected as Edina's new superintendent

Hopkins schools chief selected as Edina's new superintendent

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 in Duluth.

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

(Left to right) Tenth graders Litzy Amigon, Edwin Santana, Arianna Cyrus and Jayce Harlin review discussion topics at the beginning of their English c

Minnesota high school grad rates show narrowing achievement gap

Disparities remain, but graduation rates were up for all in 2016.
Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

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

It is only the fifth time that has happened in February.
Photo courtesy of Diane Cyrus. Bennet Cyrus

Obituary: Bennet Cyrus was charismatic entrepreneur

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 make it i

'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.

Firm notifies South St. Paul District of intent to sue on behalf of sex abuse victim