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Erin Golden

Reporter | Education
Phone: 612-673-4790

Erin Golden is the statewide education reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously spent two years covering Minnesota politics and government and another two years covering Minneapolis City Hall. 


Before joining the Star Tribune, Golden covered business, city government, public safety and other topics at newspapers in Nebraska and Oregon.
Recent content from Erin Golden
Oxbow Creek Elementary school nurse Erika Bethke measured classrooms to calculate social distancing safety requirements.

Minnesota schools prepare for elementary students' return

It's like the first day of class again, but with real reasons for teachers, staff to have jitters.
Children arrived for classes at Forest View Elementary last year.

Summer school could be an option for more Minn. students this year

Some federal aid may go toward offsetting "learning loss"caused by pandemic hurdles.
From left, S’sence Adams, a fourth-grader at Friendship Academy of the Arts; Phoua Lee, a senior at Park Center High School, Brooklyn Park, and Gian

Minn. students try to navigate a chaotic pandemic school year

As students struggle with loss, they long for a return to routine. Nearing the halfway mark of the school year, school leaders are wrestling with how to get many of them back in the classroom.
Jesaias Jankowski watched as his second-grade teacher, Danielle Putzke explained how to do a math equation in class on Thursday December 3, 2020.

Minnesota schools eager for federal COVID-19 relief aid

As with the last round of stimulus funds, schools are expected to have some flexibility in deciding how to spend the money.
Educator Mila Velimirovich-Holtz taught about pollinators during a virtual field trip with first- and second-grade students from St. Peter Claver Cath

In the pandemic, field trips go virtual for Minnesota students

In classrooms or at home, students have more options for virtual tours and visits.
Jesaias Jankowski watched as his second grade teacher, Danielle Putzke, explained how to do a math equation in class at South Ridge School on Dec. 3.

Minnesota schools announce plans for elementary students' return

Several large school districts plans to reopen elementary schools.
(Left) Olivia Sharp and Elijah Seppi watched their teacher Christina Anderson explained how to finish a math problem in class on Thursday December 3,

Elementary schools in Minn. can open Jan. 18 with new safety protocols

The state will leave the decision to reopen to local school districts.
An empty classroom at an elementary school in Baltimore after closing during the coronavirus pandemic, April 14, 2020. Across the U.S., some large sch

Minnesota sticks with its school plans as pressure to reopen grows

Rising spread of COVID-19 and staffing shortages have sent more than half of Minnesota's public districts and charter schools into full-timedistance learning. And there's little indication that students could be back to schools anytime soon.