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February 2019

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee holding hearing today at Windom High School

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Weather: School districts digging out from chaos brought on by cancellations

MPR

Politics: House committee looking to take gun bill hearing off site

KSTP

Politics: “Erin’s Law” meant to aid children who may be victims of sexual assault

TECHCRUNCH

Technology: Amazon to fund computer science courses in more than 1,000 high schools

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Report: Number of homeless students soars

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Chatfield: School district observes Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Mora: School district honors school board during recognition week

Pine River-Backus: District recognizes School Board Recognition Week

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Students practice kindness

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Extracurricular: Pequot Lakes speech team takes first place

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Awards: Student garners rare honor

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Board: Faribault School Board honored during Recognition Week

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Community: Taylor Corporation sends mentors, homework help for Mankato East High students

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Administration: Superintendent is a finalist for South Dakota job

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Funding: Community member funds an additional counselor and agriculture teacher for five years at Sleepy Eye

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: Human Rights Commission to form new diversity council in response to high school incident

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona inches closer to making decisions



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee holding hearing Friday at Windom High School

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: Survey links marijuana use to lower grades

MPR

Weather: Are students tired of snow days?

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill aims to put an end to lunch shaming students

Politics: Teens could have improved access and more affordable driver education

Politics: Committee receives update on border-to-border broadband access

THE WASHINGTON POST

Negotiations: West Virginia teachers end strike after charter school measure expires

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: Albert Lea Area School Board approves parking lot bid

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: Brainerd High School updates security measures

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Funding: Grant allows Early Childhood program at Faribault schools

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Courts: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lawsuit is dropped

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Weather: New Ulm School Board talks about making up snow days

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Cooperation: Blooming Prairie School Board briefed on Zumbro Education District



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Gov. Walz calls for additional education funding in state budget proposal

Politics: President Trump signs consolidated funding bill

STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz proposes more money for schools and roads

Schedule: St. Paul School District prepares to change start times in the fall

Weather: Scores of school districts close as storm advances

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Curriculum: St. Paul School District asked to make ethnic studies class mandatory

MPR

Curriculum: Teaching about racism — does iconic literature help or hurt?

Politics: Gov. Walz calls on Minnesota to meet the needs of “the whole child”

Politics: Gov. Walz’s budget calls for more money for schools, health, roads

Politics: Gov. Walz has a big job in passing budget

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Gov. Walz’s budget would raise gas tax, emphasize education, health care

Politics: Lawmakers consider funding suicide-prevention training for teachers

Politics: More schools could go solar under proposed grant program

SURBURBAN WEEKLIES

Board: New Fridley School Board member takes oath of office

Board: Former Lakeville Area School Board member reflects on time served

Budget: Elk River Area School Board approves bonds

Budget: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board approves budget adjustments

Facilities: New Brighton City Council approved special use permit for Irondale High School improvements

Facilities: Lakeville Area elementary school on track for expansion

Facilities: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District to use $1.5 million of general fund for construction

Facilities: St. Louis Park School District plans to add solar panels to school buildings

Food service: Elk River Area superintendent continues to push to pay down lunch debt

Honors: Eden Prairie middle school student honored nationally for volunteerism

Honors: Shakopee School Board OKs plan to honor late superintendent Gary Anger

Planning: Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board approves modified strategic plan

Program: Elk River Area’s technical education program is on the move

Program: “Know the Truth” program visits Fridley High School

Program: Guest speakers teach Mound Westonka High School students about the dangers of drug use

Program: Learning, bonding, growing through Shakopee High School program

Project: Mound Westonka High School club spreads the warmth

Technology: Eden Prairie High School students create app to help peers navigate school hallways

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Alexandria: School district observes Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Braham Area: School district celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Cambridge-Isanti: School board members and superintendent call for predictable, forecasted state funding

Little Falls: Student shares his passion for cooking with school board

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Calendar: Albert Lea Area School Board sets pre-Labor Day start, expands staff development time

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Warroad High School class sheds light on careers in the outdoors

CROOKSTON TIMES

Facilities: Crookston School District superintendent says architects are interested in bus garage initiative

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz’s proposed budget includes money for education, streets

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Marshall School Board OKs resolution for May special election

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Sleepy Eye School Board considers $300,000 in maintenance bonds



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA legislative platform moves forward

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House education committee to hold hearing at Windom School District to discuss funding, rural issues

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Minneapolis prepares new three-year contract for superintendent

Politics: Push on to help English language newcomers

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Civics course for high-school students would be required under a Minnesota Legislature proposal

MPR

Politics: Gov. Tim Walz poised to propose budget that reflects his values

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Fundraiser: Community effort adds new instruments to Mounds View School District

Program: Grant will expand student manufacturing program to Mounds View schools

Technology: Centennial School District looks to find solution for aging SMART Boards

Weather: Snow days pile up — here’s how the Hastings School Board plans to get students back on track

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Goodhue County: Vaping “tsunami” is hitting area schools

Goodhue County: Makeup days on the horizon for students

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: School board approves referendum question for May 14

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Proposal aims to reduce students’ mobile device usage during school hours

Politics: Five people forwarded to House, Senate for four seats on University of Minnesota Board of Regents

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Negotiations: Oakland teachers plan to go on strike Thursday

THE WASHINGTON POST

Negotiations: West Virginia teachers prepare to walk out again

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Teaching: A bridge for teachers

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Brainerd School District celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Grants: Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers agricultural grants to schools to purchase milk coolers

Hiring: Pine River-Backus accepts teacher resignations

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Should Minnesota require a civics credit?

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Testing: Less than half of Minnesotans pass U.S. history test

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Calendar: District makes adjustments following eight school cancellations

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Referendum: Superintendent discusses plans for new high school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Arts: Byron erhu artist featured on NPR

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: St. Cloud Area School Board eyes 2020 vote for Apollo remodel



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Gov. Walz aims to invest in education

Awards: Edina schools win award for reducing use of road salt

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: Teachers union says schools need $4 billion more

MINNPOST

Special education: Breaking down student silos

KARE 11

Politics: Proposed grant program would help schools pay for outdoor field trips

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: Volunteering at school takes many forms

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Hiring: Pequot Lakes approves hiring six positions

Awards: Students honor liaison officer

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Warroad class sheds light on careers in the outdoors

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Technology: Girls robotics team in high gear

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Editorial: Minnesota substitute shortage needs an innovator



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Finance: State auditor reprimands Shakopee School Board after superintendent credit card scandal

MPR

Safety: Some Owatonna parents question decision to call police

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Carlton: School board discusses consolidation

Cloquet: High school starts first robotics team

Detroit Lakes: School district will be making up snow days

Hutchinson: When schools close, classes continue thanks to e-learning

Lake Superior: School board sets snow makeup days

Litchfield: Vaping poses larger issue in rural schools

Litchfield: Digital learning provides unique solution for winter weather

Monticello: Favorable interest rate received on bond sale

Montevideo: Virtual snow days show promise

Murray County Central: Tom Mesner’s school board leadership spans quarter of a century

Pelican Rapids: School district looking into allegations against coach

St. James: New officiating class a big hit at high school

SESSION DAILY

Politics: “Breakfast After the Bell” program would increase student access to first meal of the day

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Striking teachers reach agreement with Denver Public Schools

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Safety: Circulation of online petition against bullying draws attention from administration

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Recognition: Gov. Walz declares February 27 as School Bus Drive Appreciation Day

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Health: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board hears positive news

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Obituary: Former Moorhead Area superintendent Lynne Kovash passes away after fight with cancer

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Buildings: Medford extends closing date for land sale

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area faces new round of budget cuts

Calendar: Will Winona Area schools extend into the summer?



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: To make schools safer, lawmakers focus on student mental health

Politics: Legislators, student groups push for free college

Weather: Superintendents break into song to break the news of another snow day

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: State of St. Paul schools is good, but better with career classes

MPR

Politics: Bill would put more Minnesota-grown food into schools

Referendum: A new school for Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, but not Worthington

Safety: Parkland survivors brace for first anniversary of shooting

EDUCATION WEEK

Data: High school graduation rate hits new all-time high

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill would allow school districts to start before Labor Day

USA TODAY

Safety: Schools using artificial intelligence to stop student violence

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Feature: Freedom Writer inspires students

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Politics: Gov. Walz, Republican lawmakers preview budget priorities

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Court: Man faces charges in locker room attack

Feature: Put down the phones and connect as humans

Technology: Brainerd High School students to receive Chromebooks next year

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Health: Lawmakers hope to create farm-to-school pipeline

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Courts: Charges filed against students in wake of school lockdown

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Calendar: Winter weather tests Breckenridge’s e-learning plan



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: New commissioner brings solution-driven ambition to state’s schools

Extracurricular: Wayzata wins berth in National Science Bowl

Crime: Hastings assistant principal faces theft charges

MPR

Pre-K: Getting kids ready to learn

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: FFA students engage with state leaders at conference

Big Lake: Retired engineer finds joy as volunteer in classroom

Blue Earth Area: District adds two more people to this year’s staff

Brandon-Evansville: Tour of school is eye-opening

Kingsland: School board mulls operating levy

Mabel-Canton: School district signs enrollment agreement with Iowa district for students on the border

Minnewaska Area: Lack of space an issue for district’s early childhood programs

Morris Area: School board seeks input for superintendent search

Morris Area: School district gets lengthy use of e-learning

Nevis: Sprinkler causes flooding at school

Pierz: School district not likely to make up weather closings

Rushford-Peterson: School officials discuss trimester successes and challenges

Worthington: Bond referendum fails by just 17 votes

Worthington: District scheduled first e-learning day

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School boards could gain authority to renew expiring referendums

Politics: Bill would increase funding for early childhood screenings

Politics: University of Minnesota makes $87 million budget request for biennium

CCX MEDIA

Politics: Sen. Paul Anderson, Sen. John Hoffman push special education reform

EDUCATION WEEK

Politics: U.S. House education panel holds hearing on K-12 funding

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Snow days cause calendar concerns

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Calendar: No makeup days needed so far

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton bond issue passes

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Board: School to Work program among topics for board

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Dawson-Boyd voters approve $22.7 million bond

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Weather: Winona gets a foot of snow as schools close again



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Committee to hear special education paperwork reduction bills; bills introduced to address teacher shortage

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota House education committee to examine referendums, board vacancies

Politics: Congressional update — IDEA funding, Higher Education Act and school infrastructure

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Farmington Area school superintendent champions initiative and innovation

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Diversity: How to retain and recruit more teachers of color

MPR

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike over pay

Weather: Schools closed, roads a mess as another round of snow blankets Minnesota

Weather: Minnesota schools may seek reprieve for canceled classes

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Event: State education and housing commissioners to host listening session at Minnesota Homeless Education Conference Wednesday

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Seeking orderly end to session, governor and legislative leaders agree to new deadlines

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Obituary: Former Shakopee School Board member Steve Schneider passes away

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Honors: MSBA honors Triton School Board member for 30 years of service

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Pre-K: Child care is a complex problem

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: The importance of preschool

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Calendar: Spring break not to be included in Brainerd’s 2019-20 school year

Crime: Brainerd school employee injured in early morning attack

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Planning: Moorhead Area School Board approves high school renovation, new career academy

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Buildings: Burst pipe douses East Grand Forks high school

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers aim to boost teacher diversity, shrink achievement gap

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Enrollment: Mankato Area School District weighing options to accommodate growth

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Courts: Former teacher charged with 10 felony porn charges

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Safety: Lockdown fueled by apparent racial slurs



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: St. Cloud addresses effect of adverse childhood experiences

Safety: Study-abroad programs face new pressure to focus on student safety

MPR

Referendum: Paul Dorr works to defeat school referendums across the Midwest

Safety: Parents question whether school shooting drills traumatize kids

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike set to begin today

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Column: Seeing the power of student leaders

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: The importance of preschool

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: Why don’t all school buses have seat belts for kids?

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Teaching: Learning Centers aid grades 7-12

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Public input sought as superintendent search begins

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Making an informed decision



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Technology: Online learning has replaced snow days in some Minnesota schools

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Calendar: Schools might ask Legislature for shorter year after weather cancellations

Safety: St. Paul school employees could be tested for drugs under planned policy

MPR

Politics: Full-service community schools get a deeper look at the Capitol

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: As teachers prepare to strike, Denver School District puts a halt to conferences for educators

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Politics: Legislator wants goals and reports for every school program receiving funding

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Pequot Lakes School Board discusses snow days, staffing

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: Duluth’s compensatory changes seen as a positive

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Extracurricular: Medford adds robotics team to school’s offerings

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Teaching: Statewide substitute shortage hitting local schools

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: Dawson-Boyd to decide question Tuesday



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

STAR TRIBUNE

Athletics: Twenty high school teams observe moment of silence in honor of Prior Lake skier

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Policy: St. Paul School District employees could be tested for drugs under planned policy

MPR

Politics: Minnesota black caucus lawmakers plan to address education, economic and criminal justice issues

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Event: Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker to hold listening session Monday with students and educators in Hopkins

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill would increase funds for English language learners

Politics: Students are never too young to suffer from stress, legislators told

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver teachers strike to begin on Monday

SURBURBAN WEEKLIES

Column: Thanks to North Branch Area School Board for investing in knowledge

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Area school districts cancel classes

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: Paying the bill for exploding special education costs

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Politics: Rep. Ron Kresha authors bill to fund student safety efforts

Program: Proposed street projects to further Safe Routes to School initiative

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: A year later, Duluth’s compensatory education changes seen as positive

STEM: Hermantown Middle School shows what women can achieve in science

Weather: Today’s Northland area school closings

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Project: Fargo-Moorhead schools challenge kids to recycle plastic bags

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Program: New mentoring program introduces students to building careers

Weather: Mankato Area, other school districts closed today

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton meeting rescheduled

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Weather: Today’s school-related closures

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Weather: Schools close as another winter system moves in

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Funding: Gov. Walz considers shift away from referendums to fund Minnesota schools



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Man arrested after shooting school bus driver

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Weather again shortens school day

MPR

Crime: School bus driver shot on I-35W in Minneapolis

Curriculum: District grapples with how to move on from Mockingbird

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Special education providers feeling buried by paperwork

Politics: School lunch participation solid, but breakfast program lags

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Court: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton consolidation lawsuit rescheduled; injunction against referendum dropped

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Extracurricular: Medford adds robotics team to school’s offerings

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Buildings: Facilities needs survey Q&A

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Funding: Company funds virtual reality equipment for students



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Special education is front and center at House education committee meeting

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Senate education committee taking look at skilled trades, dyslexia and more

Politics: Minnesota House announces committee deadlines

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Column: Federal government must deliver on its special education funding obligation

Program: New $20 million financial learning labs for kids opens in St. Paul

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Stakes high for special Senate election in east-central Minnesota

THE DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver School District prepares lesson plans for looming teacher strike

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Negotiations: Oakland teachers approve strike vote over wages, class sizes

USA TODAY

Analysis: Black students still face racism in suburbs

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Calendar: Albert Lea Area School Board discusses potential fourth year with early start calendar

CROOKSTON TIMES

Faclities: Crookston School District’s bus garage questions slowly turn into answers

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Weather: Snow days don't mean a day off from learning in some area school districts

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Court: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton superintendent says referendum lawsuit dropped

Referendum: Marshall School District referendum set for May 14



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Setting a new course for the Minnesota State system

Program: At Austin school, everyone and everything focuses on kindergarten

MPR

Curriculum: Duluth teacher, school district grapple with how to move on from “To Kill a Mockingbird”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Politics: Gov. Walz’s agenda for rural Minnesota begins to emerge

FEEDSTUFFS

Politics: U.S. House members introduce Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act

MILITARY TIMES

Teaching: Military program aims to help Alabama ease its teacher shortage

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: Lawmakers in three states seek to pass measures “retaliating” against teacher strikes

Politics: White House reverses course on inspector general for U.S. Education Department

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Moose Lake: School board approves three-year contract for superintendent

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Project: Pine River-Backus School District now home to large solar array

CROOKSTON TIMES

Funding: Crookston School District is seeking a 3 percent education funding increase

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Special meeting follows Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lawsuit hearing

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: New London-Spicer School Board selects new superintendent

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Legal: Winona Area School District retains its current lawyers



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Teaching: Most licensed Minnesota teachers are turning to other careers

Court: Lawsuit challenges Pennsylvania school district’s policy about passing out Bibles

MPR

Weather: Minnesota schools ready to teach, feed kids after cold snap

Weather: Cold spell stirs debate whether school districts are going “soft”

MINNPOST

Teaching: More than half of Minnesota’s licensed teachers not working as teachers

SESSION DAILY

Politics: School districts grapple with growing special education funding gap

Politics: House panel gets rundown of the state’s early learning initiatives

MIAMI HERALD

Curriculum: Florida governor orders up new curriculum standards for schools to replace Common Core

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Weather: After closings, Austin School District tries to smooth out scheduling

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Pillager School District heads toward May election for revised referendum

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Duluth School District’s substitute for “To Kill A Mockingbird” irks faculty

January 2019

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

STAR TRIBUNE

Program: Minneapolis teacher uses brain games to hone students’ focus

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Weather: Gov. Walz says Minnesota schools will get a pass on instruction-time thresholds due to cold weather

Weather: St. Paul, Minneapolis, many suburban schools to remain closed Thursday

MINNPOST

Reading: Minnesota’s persistent literacy gap has lawmakers looking for ways to push evidence-based reading instruction

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Memo: What to expect when expecting school closures

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Bill would establish framework for educational grant applicants

Politics: Leaders share strategies on tackling the opportunity gap

THE WASHINGTON POST

Weather: Midwest schools use quirky methods to announce weather closures

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: Gov. Walz looking to expand broadband access, create more equitable school funding



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

STAR TRIBUNE

Weather: Schools, mail put on ice amid Minnesota’s statewide deep freeze

Weather: Minnesota parents scramble to cover child care during impromptu winter break

THE ATLANTIC

Report: Daily physical education mandate may have detrimental effects

EDSOURCE

Politics: U.S. House Education Committee chairman lays out priorities

THE JOURNAL

Every Student Succeeds Act: U.S. Education Department releases guidance on supplemental ESSA funding

PBS NEWS HOUR

Weather: Hundreds of midwest schools, colleges close amid extreme cold temperatures

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Hutchinson: Proposed bill would solidify civics in Minnesota schools

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Planning: Bemidji Area School Board rethinking district goals

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Event: Brainerd, Pequot Lakes school districts to host parent professional development event

Facilities: Changes coming to drop-off area

CROOKSTON TIMES

Program: Every day preschool coming this fall to Crookston School District

Policy: Crookston school doors to be unlocked on days with a late start or no school

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Funding: Gov. Walz’s education plan makes the grade for rural Minnesota

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Budget: Winona Area taxpayers could pay less for referendum projects after low bid for bonds



TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA brings special education resolution to attorney general

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House Education Finance Division to examine special education cross-subsidy on January 31

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Weather: Gov. Walz leaves school closures to local school officials

Data: St. Paul area leaders nix data-sharing agreement

Health: Activists call for “menstrual equality” in K-12 restrooms

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Data: St. Paul, Ramsey County to end youth data-sharing agreement after criticism

MPR

Weather: Gov. Walz won’t order Minnesota schools to close during cold snap

Weather: Ahead of subzero cold, schools call off classes

CHALKBEAT

Analysis: Rising state graduation rates have little connection to test scores

THE HILL

Curriculum: President Trump touts proposed Bible literacy classes in schools

THE WASHINGTON POST

Analysis: More teacher unrest likely in 2019

Negotiations: Virginia teachers rally at state Capitol protesting low wages, crumbling facilities

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: St. Francis Area School Board approves superintendent contract

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Rushford-Peterson: School board narrows superintendent field (MSBA mentioned)



MONDAY, JANUARY 28

STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Gov. Walz considers shift away from school referendums to fund Minnesota schools

Court: Ex-teacher to fight St. Paul School District’s move to toss retaliation lawsuit

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Weather: Cold could close Twin Cities schools this week; Gov. Walz also considering a state closing order

MPR

Politics: New Minnesota education commissioner brings a teacher’s eye to the job

Weather: Gov. Walz weighs cold-weather school closings

Weather: Snow emergencies declared as winter storm blasts Minnesota

MINNPOST

Weather: Schools cancel classes as snowstorm hits Minnesota

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Red Wing: School board approves sale of building

Worthington: Middle school students explore STEM activities

Worthington: High school graduate returns to head district’s communication efforts

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Weather: Area schools delay, close

CROOKSTON TIMES

Funding: Crookston School District a recipient of new state achievement and integration funds

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Funding: Filmmaker explores giftedness at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School in Cloquet

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District holds community meeting on upcoming bond referendum

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Board: Wilmar School Board meeting postponed



FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Election: Newcomer joins two incumbents in St. Paul School Board race

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Investments in early childhood could prevent, close skills gaps

NBC NEWS

Negotiations: Teachers across the United States plan protests and strikes

THE HECHINGER REPORT

STEM: STEM programs emphasize early education for increasing field’s diversity

THE WASHINGTON POST

Data: Nearly 2 percent of high school students identify as transgender

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Honors: North Branch Area School Board member Kirby Ekstrom recognized for 20 years of service

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Personnel: LeRoy-Ostrander School Board reinstates coaches

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Weather: Area schools delay starting time

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Board: Gag to chair New Ulm board

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Administration: Four finalists named for New London-Spicer superintendent job

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Administration: Winona Area will hire facilities director



THURSDAY, JANUARY 24

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: Wabasso cancels school for the rest of the week due to the flu

Safety: Minneapolis schools say officers have a role

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Teacher loses lawsuit over firing

MPR

Negotiations: Denver teachers vote to strike

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Relationships play key role in students’ academic success

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Planning: Survey shows top 3 priorities for Alden-Conger

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Hiring: LeRoy-Ostrander reinstates coaches

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Extracurricular: Fifth-grader wins spelltacular

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Extra-curricular: Cloquet students compete in Future City competition

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Safety: Parents push St. Peter board to address middle school brawl

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Safety: Blooming Prairie enhances cameras

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Question hangs over hearing as Save Our Schools makes appeal



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Feature: An accident, a janitor and a Lakeville school’s unexpected gift

Negotiations: Los Angeles teachers head back to school after reaching deal

MINNPOST

Politics: Paperwork exacerbates funding challenges for special education

SESSION DAILY

Politics: More kids than ever need mental health services, House members hear during joint meeting

DENVER POST

Negotiations: Denver teachers vote to authorize strike

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Negotiations: Los Angeles Unified School District reaches tentative deal to end teachers’ strike

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Planning: Albert Lea Area School Board focuses on district goals

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Career Academy gives students a stepping stone

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Courts: Minnesota appeals court blocks lawsuit over teacher tenure, again

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area starts superintendent search

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Newspaper describes Art Johnston’s relationship with Duluth School District

Referendum: Anti-bond group holds meeting, files lawsuit against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Weather: Storm closes local schools

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Honors: Sauk Rapids-Rice School Board member named to MSBA All-State School Board

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Winona Area School District, group head to appeals court for oral arguments

Enrollment: Winona Area School Board examines capture rate



TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA and New Ulm School District participate in press conference regarding special education paperwork

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: Duluth reaches settlement with former board member in records dispute

DESERET NEWS

Analysis: Policymakers ignoring Title IX sexual harassment violations in K-12 schools

FORTUNE

Politics: Schools brace for impact of government shutdown on lunch initiatives

THE HILL

Politics: Several state legislatures rushing to raise teacher pay to prevent strikes

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Red Wing: High school gets soaked when pipes leak

Round Lake-Brewster: School district plans building addition

Worthington: School board delays repairs to leaky roof

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Awards: 168 teachers are up for Minnesota Teacher of the Year award

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: Students discuss bias, microaggressions and equity

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Health: Student develops strep throat test

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Community: Residents identify MACCRAY strengths, challenges

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: What a finance committee could mean for the board



MONDAY, JANUARY 21

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota Department of Education to discuss federal education grants at Senate hearing

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Funding: Minnesota schools facing “crisis level” in special education funding

MPR

Politics: Minnesota lawmakers seek to trim special education paperwork

Politics: Four ways Minnesota lawmakers hope to boost education

Politics: Minnesota legislators to debate cursive in school

MINNPOST

Column: A tale of two states and two models for public education

Higher education: Are new efforts making a difference for Minnesota’s persistent higher education gap?

Higher education: Students spotlight a basic hurdle to academic success — food and housing security

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Review of state’s education funding formula highlights its complexities

Politics: State’s new teacher licensing board up and running, but challenges persist

Politics: Youngest Minnesotans’ health and education is focus of new division

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: St. Francis Area School Board selects next superintendent

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Personnel: LeRoy-Ostrander School Board to examine action plan for investigation of coaches

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Policy: Blackduck School Board allows yearbook photo with shotgun

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Brainerd School Board welcomes new member, elects chair

Facilities: Brainerd School District building projects moving along steadily

Honors: Brainerd educator among near-record 168 Minnesota Teacher of the Year candidates

Referendum: Pine River-Backus School District bond referendum details explained

CROOKSTON TIMES

Board: Crookston School Board to scale back to one meeting per month

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Blue Earth Area School District searching for superintendent

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Board: Marshall School Board member Karen VanKeulen reflects on 10 years of service

Court: Group files civil suit against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District

Health: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton makes grief counselors available following deaths of two students

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Referendum: Austin School District asking voters for $24 million for pre-K facility

Safety: Officers offer advice on drugs, vaping and other school threats



TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA to present at two education committees this week

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Politics: Minnesota House and Senate leaders set priorities

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Lawmakers on all sides gird for new round of gun debate

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Growing charter school takes over McNally Smith college building

Safety: Hastings student arrested after alleged Snapchat threat

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Safety: Cops, cameras aim to catch drivers who skirt school bus stop arms

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Courts: Johnston settles with Duluth board

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Buildings: Fairmont Area schools are well-maintained

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Safety: Teen arrested after threats to Cleveland school

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Discipline: Student expelled for selling drugs

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Feature: OAKS recipients show determination, diverse backgrounds

Health: Recovery school offers students a path to sobriety

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Buildings: Fire damages Pleasantview school



MONDAY, JANUARY 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Strike or no strike, pensions problematic for LA schools

Crime: Mayor arrested for DUI on school bus

Health: Thousands of kids receive free vision screening

Editorial: Tracking investment in early learning system

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Discipline: St. Paul teacher suspended for demeaning Instagram posts

MPR

Curriculum: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Negotiations: Los Angeles Unified School District teachers to go on strike

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Study: Federal study suggests black students benefit academically from black teachers

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Buddy classrooms

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Extracurricular: Building support for VEX Robotics

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Pequot Lakes swears in new board members

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Pilot has taken 600 kids on free flights through Young Eagles program

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Diversity: Collaborative research project to serve students of color

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Funding: Byron High school receives a grant for food truck

Health: Students share stories of overcoming addiction

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Court: St. Cloud NAACP plans to sue Minnesota for underfunding special education in schools



FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: North St. Paul High School locked down twice in one day

MPR

Technology: Can virtual assistants help with homework?

MINNPOST

Politics: Governor talks climate change with students

EDUCATION WEEK

Analysis: Special education is broken

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Sports: NRHEG’s first female wrestler

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Courts: Bus company settles lawsuit

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School Board hears special education update

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Curriculum: Celebrating good behavior

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Health: Board reviews student supports

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Board: Medford opts for consistency with officers

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Column: The many high school advancement opportunities

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Safety: Breckenridge works on emergency drills

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: Quarrel-ridden board meeting forecasts tough budget fights ahead



THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Teacher strike delayed in second-largest U.S. school district in L.A.

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: Teacher’s lawsuit over equity policy goes before judge

MPR

Study: Research shows increased school bullying in areas that voted for Trump

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Minnesota House DFL leaders present first 10 priorities

MINNESOTA STATE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS

Politics: Minnesota Senate Republicans unveil first five priorities

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Negotiations: Los Angeles teachers union postpones strike until Monday

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Discipline: LeRoy-Ostrander heading in new direction

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Bemidji hosts CEO in the classroom



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

MPR

Politics: Your guide to the 2019 session

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Curriculum: District focuses on phonics

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Funding: Fairmont earns $152,000 rebate

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Diversity: Owatonna strives toward equity

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Transportation: Rochester abandons plan to use city buses

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Planning: School board resolutions for 2019



TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: House will have two new education chairs – Rep. Cheryl Youakim and Rep. Jim Davnie

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Gov. Walz pushes to make Minnesota the Education State

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: Projects move forward

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Board: Loeffler-Kemp elected board chair

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Board: New board members sworn in

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Administration: Mankato Area superintendent announces retirement

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Board: Three new board members sworn in

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Board: Three join school board

MONDAY, JANUARY 7

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: Duluth promotes teaching, thinking critically about inequity

Feature: Coffee shop is safe, fun gathering spot for students

Funding: Minnesota gets $4.7 million to assess early learning programs

Health: Integrated mental health services help Minnesota kids

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Weather: Marine Mills Folk School moving for the winter

MPR

Safety: New education commissioner doesn’t want to arm teachers

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Discipline: RAND Corporation releases study on restorative justice practices

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: School district sells bonds lower than estimate

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: SMEC prepares for $4.1 million education center project

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Administration: Jerry Reshetar named as interim superintendent for LeRoy-Ostrander

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Elections: Duluth considers moving elections to even years



FRIDAY, JANUARY 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: Lakeville Area School District sued again over Nerf Wars crash

MINNPOST

Politics: A look at education issues lawmakers are set to tackle

THE ATLANTIC

Study: Improving school climate can reduce suspensions

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Budget: Eden Prairie School Board approves tax levy

Budget: Forest Lake Area School Board approves tax levy

Budget: Mahtomedi School Board approves levy

Diversity: American Indian parents are building a cultural bridge at Eastern Carver County School District

Schedule: Westonka School Board approves later start times for 2019-2020 school year

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative: Area schools to receive USDA telemedicine grant

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Safety: After school shootings, St. Cloud students find their voice



THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Funding: State receives $4.7 million to streamline early learning access

MPR

Feature: Minnesota education commissioner’s five lessons learned

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Funding: Minnesota awarded federal grant to coordinate early learning systems

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Barnum: School taxes remain low

Willow River: Principal rethinks how MCA downtime is spent

Wadena-Deer Creek: School board approves levy; superintendent thanks outgoing board members

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Safety: Class focuses on snowmobile safety

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Owatonna’s STEM model is a hit in Japan



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Discipline: New rules on sexual misconduct could affect Minnesota schools

Editorial: Hits and misses in federal school safety report

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: School board discusses budget

Big Lake: Parents struggling to pay for student lunches

Caledonia Area: School district to show free screening of “Screenagers” film

Carlton: School board approves levy increase

Cloquet: Board OKs levy increase

Detroit Lakes: Bus drivers remind people to stop for students

Hancock: School board readies for bond sale

Kingsland: School board approves tax levy

Kingsland: Elementary school students show growth in reading

Lake Superior: Board approves slight proposed levy decrease

Lanesboro: School levy to increase

Mabel-Canton: Board OKs fundraising for basketball uniforms

Morris Area: School board sets tax levy

Nevis: School board sets levy increase

North Branch Area: School board sets 2019 levy, extends superintendent contract

Rushford-Peterson: Superintendent, school board discuss hiring process

Rushford-Peterson: Backpack program fills nutrition gap

Spring Grove: School district receives clean audit

Thief River Falls: New makerspace program provides hands-on experience

Worthington: Early and absentee voting begins for referendum

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Safety: Brainerd elementary school to have secure entrance after winter break

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Board: Willmar School Board’s departing members reflect on years on the board

December 2018

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: School funding, safety and prekindergarten are on lawmakers’ education agenda

Courts: Former superintendent pleads guilty to four counts of indecent exposure

Finances: Minneapolis financial audit shows improvement, but nagging concerns for future

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Teaching: Widespread teacher strikes expected to continue in 2019

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Central School Board begins superintendent search (MSBA mentioned)

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Testing: The ACT can prepare you for your future

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Martin County West tries updated DARE program

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Health: How integrated mental health helps your child



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Column: A plan to get the most bang for the early-learning buck

Enrollment: Perpich High offers new deal to boost enrollment

MINNPOST

Feature: Five education stories that signal a growing appetite for change

KARE 11

Politics: Schools must test for cancer causing gas if bill becomes law

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Arts: Pilot program helps students craft connections

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: Red Lake wants to integrate Ojibwe language, culture into everyday curriculum

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Safety: Numerous lockdowns are traumatizing kids at schools across the nation

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Awards: New Ulm to be recognized at MSBA conference

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Recruitment: Promoting Rochester Public Schools

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Feature: What to expect from the St. Cloud Area School District in 2019



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: St. Paul nearly cut school’s Russian class — now one student is a top U.S. speaker

ABC NEWS

Transportation: School bus driver shortage creates headaches for districts

THE HILL

Report: More than 4 million students participated in lockdowns over 2017-2018 school year

THE WASHINGTON POST

Safety: Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing kids

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Report: About 25 percent of high school students don’t complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Pipestone Area: School board pass levy increase

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Column: Duluth School Board eager for more public input this year

Column: Duluth School District’s goal is to support students and help all of them achieve

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Transation: Rochester School District sells property to medical center

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Enrollment: Winona Area School Board examines enrollment projects



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Courts: St. Paul moves again to have former teacher’s lawsuit tossed

Safety: Student suicide tracking bolsters support for prevention

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Safety: Armed police officers will remain in St. Paul schools for now

EDUCATION WEEK

Discipline: DeVos revokes Obama discipline guidance

MINNPOST

Feature: Winter break doesn’t equate to celebration and relaxation for all students

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Mental Health: County, schools to host community conversation on mental health inclusion

Awards: Alt is first recipient of MSBA Rising Star award

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Administration: District restructures some administrative positions

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Column: The relevance of technology in education

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Mock trial activity offered for students

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Administration: Superintendent looks ahead to momentous 2019

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Board: Outgoing board members say that the community can’t leave students behind



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Governor-elect Tim Walz selects education commissioner

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Politics: Governor-elect Tim Walz taps former St. Paul teachers union leader to head Minnesota Department of Education

MPR

Politics: Governor-elect Tim Walz names education, corrections agency heads

MINNPOST

Homelessness: Winter break doesn’t equate to celebration and relaxation for all students

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: School district lowers levy for 2019

Northfield: School district’s self-funded health insurance earns Local Government Innovation Award

St. Peter: School district ratifies levy increase for 2019

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Pine River-Backus School Board adjusts project funding, eyes May referendum vote

Politics: Governor-elect Tim Walz names next state commissioner of education

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Administration: Cass Lake-Bena superintendent was a finalist for education commissioner

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Court: Duluth teacher in sex abuse case receives prison sentence

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Facilities: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District voters urged to “reinvest in our future”

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: New Ulm School Board OKs levy cut

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Safety: One student hurt, one arrested and one flees after fight at St. Cloud high school

Facilities: St. Cloud Area School Board looks at whether to sell former Wilson school building or keep for future use



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Planning: St. Paul superintendent details school district’s strategic plan

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Negotiations: Los Angeles teachers announce January 10 strike date

USA TODAY

Court: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit alleging police, schools failed to protect Parkland students

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Budget: Farmington Area School Board adopts final budget, 2019 tax levy

Budget: South Washington County School Board approves levy increase

Health: Hopkins High School students launch campaign to raise awareness about mental health

Honors: Minnetonka School District places on AP District Honor Roll

Safety: Anti-bullying group organizes in Farmington

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: Coach compensation to be negotiated via contract

Monticello: School district benefits from disbanding of TIES

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Program: Austin High School’s REACH students learn life lessons from younger peers

Safety: Aftermath of threat leaves Austin High School with increased security

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Budget: Pequot Lakes School Board approves final levy

Fundraising: Brainerd Public Schools Foundation to host The Big Event

Honors: Freshwater Education District educator wins agricultural literacy grant

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Curriculum: Martin County West High School adding Spanish class

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: New Ulm School Board to approve levy, back roundabout

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Budget: Winona Area School District to increase tax levy for 2019



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Planning: Better middle schools, career exploration key to new St. Paul school strategic plan

Safety: Armed police officers will remain stationed in St. Paul schools, for now

MPR

Higher education: University of Minnesota regents select next president

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Discipline: Suspensions are down in U.S. schools, but large racial gaps remain

THE WASHINGTON POST

Safety: Federal Commission on School Safety releases its recommendations

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Program: Albert Lea Area School Board closer to offering child care to district employees

Safety: Alden-Conger basketball player shares story of her concussion

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Budget: Bemidji Area School District finalizes local tax bill

Honors: Bemidji Middle School student recognized for helping after school bus crash

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Community: Fairmont Area superintendent offers workforce insights at Fairmont Exchange Meeting

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Facilities: Red Wing School Board puts sale of elementary school building on hold



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Study: More than 1.3 million high school students started vaping in the past year

CHALKBEAT

Research: Studies consistently find correlation between education spending, student outcomes

THE HECHINGER REPORT

Column: Federal report found only 18 percent of innovations funded by U.S. Education Department lifted student achievement

THE HILL

Politics: Trump administration seeks to roll back Obama-era policy on school discipline

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Honors: Austin School District-led project earns statewide teaching award

Safety: Extra security measures taken after threat against Austin High School

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Growing enrollment to increase Mankato Area’s tax levy slightly

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Facilities: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton closes schools after pipe bursts at elementary school

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Teaching: Sartell-St. St. Stephen School Board approves early retirement incentives for teachers



MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Event: Reimagine Minnesota Strategy Review Session slated for January 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Wisconsin’s school safety program combines hardware and “heartware”

MPR

Higher education: University of Minnesota closer to naming Joan Gabel as its next president

Politics: U.S. Education Department is canceling $150 million of student loan debt

Research: How to make sure your math anxiety doesn’t make your kids hate math

MINNPOST

Column: Increasing teacher diversity must start with truly listening to teachers of color

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Safety: Sandy Hook parents promote app for reporting school threats

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Blue Earth Area: School district names interim superintendent

Cannon Falls Area: Superintendent resigning in June to take another position

Hancock: Dairy company taps high school student’s video skills

Jackson County Central: Grade-alike proposal discussed at board meeting

Red Wing: Board to discuss possible sale of school building

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Honors: Albert Lea Area makes AP District Honor Roll

Personnel: Albert Lea Area activities director resignation will be discussed at board meeting

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Bemidji middle school students fight hunger with art

CROOKSTON TIMES

Transportation: Crookston’s new bus garage committee meets for first time

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Arts: Fairmont Area School District buys instruments

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Budget: Tax levies decreasing in Le Sueur-Henderson and Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton

Honors: New Ulm teacher recognized by Minnesota Department of Agriculture

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Facilities: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board to hold facility planning meeting

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Winona Area School District, group disagree on potential impact of lawsuit



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Analysis: Minnesota schools struggle with widening racial gap between students and teachers

Community: Minneapolis South High students use art, dialogue to heal relationship with police

Safety: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across the United States

MPR

Analysis: Minnesota students pay the price for a lack of diverse teachers

CHALKBEAT

Health: Study documents state assessments’ impact on students’ stress levels

THE JOURNAL

Report: Schools can engage students by focusing science curriculum on local phenomena

USA TODAY

Report: Suicide the 10th leading cause of death for elementary school children in 2014

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Facilities: Austin High School to start on renovation project of music annex in January

Project: Austin High School rallies up holiday spirit for good cause

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilties: Brainerd School Board reviews designs for high school, new elementary school

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Honors: Proctor elementary school assistant principal receives national award

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Facilities: Roof work complete at Granada-Huntley-East Chain

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Honors: New Ulm teacher recognized by Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Project: Stewartville students create goodwill with portraits

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Teaching: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board will vote on incentives criteria for teachers looking to retire early



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA releases 2019 Legislative Agenda

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Study: Teenagers may get more sleep and perform better in schools with later start times

THE WASHINGTON POST

Learning: Popularity of project-based learning growing across the United States

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Administration: Central School District superintendent announces resignation at school board meeting

Advocacy: Anoka-Hennepin School District asks state for more general revenue, special education funding

Budget: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board certifies final tax levy

Facilities: North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District to host two input sessions

Grants: Hopkins Education Foundation awards fall grants

Honors: Stillwater Area’s Brookview Elementary School recognized with architectural award

Honors: Mound Westonka High School recognizes distinguished students

Planning: Elk River Area School District plans World’s Best Workforce comeback

Project: Farmington Area elementary school students test pollinators

Program: Hastings committee helps child care provider get kids ready for kindergarten

STEM: Latino Engineering Academic Day opens doors for Fridley High School students

Technology: Educators from Mexico City school visit Blaine High School to learn about use of technology in its classrooms

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Braham Area: School district receives clean opinion on annual audit

Cambridge-Isanti: Dictionary project encourages reading in third-graders

Cloquet: School board approves levy increase

Kingsland: School board talks facilities, funding and football

Little Falls: Teacher leaves a lasting impact

Monticello: School board honored for education efforts

Pierz: School district maintains healthy financial status

Sartell-St. Stephen: Community discusses levy referendum result

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Event: Middle school students explore STEM, college and careers

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Food service: Fairmont Area School District offering share tables

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Technology: Mankato students interview astronaut, NASA engineers

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Feature: A century old and still a teacher at heart

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: Sleepy Eye School Board OKs levy

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Safety: Rumor of online threat unsubstantiated at Pine Island

Transportation: Costs put Rochester school-city transportation plan in doubt

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: Wilmar School District OKs facility agreement with city’s park and recreation department



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: USDA publishes final rule for school meals

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Man tried to abduct girl outside Minneapolis elementary school

MINNPOST

Politics: A warning lurks beneath state budget surplus prediction — not enough workers to go around

VARIETY

Technology: U.S. Department of Education betting on VR to help students with learning disabilities, autism

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Northfield: School board approves levy, moves forward with building projects

Worthington: School board continues levy-drop debate

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Budget: Austin School Board certifies 2019 levy

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Budget: Brainerd School Board approves levy increase

Facilities: Brainerd School District working on parking plan

CROOKSTON TIMES

STEM: Crookston School Board sees STEM in action

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth School Board to set tax levy

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Blue Earth Area School District eyes interim superintendent

Project: Fairmont Area School Board OKs tax break request

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Budget: Owatonna School Board adopts levy for 2019-2020 school year

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Budget: Willmar School District to increase levy in 2019

Referendum: MACCRAY School District to survey residents

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Construction: Winona Area School District hires Wold Architects for referendum projects



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Safety: Minneapolis high school placed on lockdown after parents caused a “disturbance”

MPR

Curriculum: Teachers back new Minnesota climate teaching standards, but topic is still hot

Higher education: University of Minnesota president finalist begins statewide tour

MINNPOST

Higher education: University of Minnesota president finalist discusses higher education’s role, vision for university

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Goodhue: Planning committee sketches school additions

Le Sueur-Henderson: School board members attend MSBA Delegate Assembly



MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Licensure: PELSB seeking superintendent, teacher to fill open board seats

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Safety: In St. Francis, a crash is spurring pleas to change a school crosswalk

MPR

Teaching: U.S. Department of Education to erase debts of teachers, fix troubled grant program

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Chicago charter teachers announce tentative deal, end to strike

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Pipestone Area: School district planning April vote on new elementary school

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Advocacy: Austin School District officials meet with local state representatives for upcoming session

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Project: Bemidji Area elementary students learn by doing as part of DNR classroom project



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Politics: State projects $1.54 billion surplus for 2020-2021

Advocacy: MSBA Delegate Assembly addresses special education funding, school safety issues

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Politics: Minnesota projects $1.5 billion surplus

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Politics: Minnesota has a projected $1.5 billion budget surplus

THE HILL

Politics: USDA scales back school lunch standards begun in 2012

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Latest state budget forecast projects $1.5 million surplus

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Students: Advisory council gives Mankato Area students a voice in school district decisions

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Budget: New Ulm School Board expecting slightly lower tax levy in 2019

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Winona Area School District to sue Save Our Schools



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA Delegate Assembly addresses special education funding, school safety issues

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Health: University of Minnesota students, activists press Minneapolis School District to offer free menstrual products

MINNPOST

Politics: What education insiders are hoping for in Minnesota’s next education commissioner

THE JOURNAL

Program: Grant program aims to determine efficacy of school safety efforts

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: School board discusses new superintendent, site planning

Chatfield: Residents tour newly renovated high school

Lester Prairie: School board schedules special meeting to discuss purchase of property

Randolph: School district receives positive audit report

Red Wing: Senior living proposed for Jefferson School block

Spring Grove: Students learn design ins and outs of architecture

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Teaching: Winona State University professor implores future teachers to “think outside the box”



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Advocacy: MSBA Delegate Assembly addresses special education funding, school safety issues

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Enrollment: St. Paul School District’s student numbers on the decline

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Enrollment: Enrollment falls again in St. Paul School District

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Negotiations: Teachers go on strike at charter network in Chicago

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Teaching: Teachers turn to Instagram to swap ideas, connect with other educators

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Board: Reception will honor departing Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board members

Enrollment: After 20 years of declining enrollment, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage prepares for the trend to continue

Facilities: Stillwater Area School Board votes to expand elementary school

Facilities: Wayzata School Board approves expansion of elementary school

Grant: Intermediate School District 287 receives mental health grant

Personnel: Eden Prairie communications director leaving to take another position

Personnel: Jordan School District has incoming, departing staff

Planning: Eden Prairie School Board clears path for Designing Pathways plan

Referendum: Eastern Carver County School District task force takes closer look at repairs, new school for 2019 referendum

Referendum: Mahtomedi School Board gives thanks for levy support

Schedule: Farmington Area School District start times under review by operations director, bus company

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Jackson County Central: School board postpones “grade-alike” vote

Red Wing: School district, college, city come together to discuss needs

Red Wing: District discusses upcoming levy increase

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Speaker: Holocaust survivor tells Albert Lea Area students to “be compassionate”

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Funding: Bemidji-area school districts newly eligible for “achievement and integration” funding

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Brainerd School District scales down proposed parking lots

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Court: Duluth teacher apologizes, seeks probation in assault case

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Advocacy: Faribault School Board member helps set legislative policies for MSBA

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Budget: Marshall School District “breaking even” for the year

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Buildings: Local businesses pledge support of new high school

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Budget: Rochester School Board proposes levy increase

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Winona Area School Board to discuss school sale litigation

Program: St. Charles High School teachers help struggling students



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

STEM: Women-only summer camps ignite debate

MINNPOST

Teaching: Switching career paths to become a teacher might be getting easier

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

STEM: White House unveils five-year strategic plan for STEM education

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Budget: Board approves an increased tax levy

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Crime: Greenbush janitor faces charges for plans to have sex with 15-year-old

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Consultant recommends May vote for buildings

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Buildings: Local businesses pledge support of new high school



MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff for President George H. W. Bush

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Buildings: Westonka opens deluxe athletic and theater centers

Diversity: Schools struggle with widening racial gap between students and teachers

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: School’s payout kept secret in student’s sexual assault by janitor

Discipline: Hastings wrestling coach misused funds, will lose coaching job

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Court: Chicago Board of Education sues U.S. Department of Education

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Board: Longtime Pine River-Backus School Board member proud to have served

Finances: Pequot Lakes approves revised budget

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Finances: County, city and school taxes all rising

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Courts: Date set for Winona Area school sale case at Appeals Court

Teaching: Children need time to be kids

November 2018

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Safety: Osseo Area transgender student alleges harassment over bathroom use

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Stillwater Area votes to expand Woodbury elementary school

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Community: Students take reins in cancer fight

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Referendum: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to have special election in February

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Finances: District gets a clean audit

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Arts: Ballroom dance brings students together

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Curriculum: Willmar students learn about space travel from the real deal

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Board: How will Winona Area board pick its new chair?



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Court: Hockey transfer wins eligibility after reporting bullying by Hill-Murray teammates

Crime: Burnsville High student arrested after Instagram post threatened shooting

MINNPOST

Study: Children who are youngest in their classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Cleveland: School district sees dramatic change in budget numbers due to bond sales

Glencoe-Silver Lake: School district hosting annual truth-in-taxation hearing

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Workforce: In attempt to address workforce shortage, officials turn toward education

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Policy: Brainerd School District to permit dogs, mini horses as service animals

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Testing: Duluth East High School student receives perfect scores on ACT and SAT

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

STEM: School puts focus on science

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Workforce: Construction trades fair shows students they can learn on the job

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Boundaries: Rochester School District wants to hear from public about redistricting plans

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Referendum: Sartell-St. Stephen School Board to hold community meetings in response to defeated operating levy

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Curriculum: Breckenridge students taking unique class in Wahpeton

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Court: Lawsuit over sale of school buildings moves forward



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Buildings: Hutchinson names high school gym for Whalen

MPR

Safety: Michigan hands out hockey pucks as defense against active shooters

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Project: White Bear Lake Area School Board recognizes project promoting inclusiveness among students

Testing: With improved test scores, South Washington County’s Newport Elementary School defying expectations for a “high poverty school”

Testing: Fourteen Mounds View students receive perfect 36 on ACT

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Chatfield: School board continues discussion on potential board member conflict with coaching

Windom Area: Board discusses lease

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Program: Austin High School students attend leadership training conference

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Facilities: Elementary school’s kindergarten classes to head “home”

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: Brainerd School Board reviews designs for elementary school update

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

STEM: School puts focus on science

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Transportation: Marshall School District says bus service is still on

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Facilities: Owatonna School Board presented with recommendation for new high school

WAHPETON-BRECKENRIDGE DAILY NEWS

Project: Breckenridge High School will shut down first week in June

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Program: Learning beyond the classroom in Willmar



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: Wisconsin school responds to Nazi salute photo with peace

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Buildings: Stillwater Area School District may expand new Woodbury school

MPR

Curriculum: Tech colleges see surge in skilled-trades training

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Big Lake: ECFE program receives recognition

Chatfield: School board hears personalized learning presentation

Chatfield: Resident discusses heroes and bullies with third-grade students

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: School officials discuss HVAC system project

Kingsland: District considers next move after referendum vote

Kingsland: Board mulls football coaching change

Lanesboro: School board accepts election results

Little Falls: School district has $1 million budget surplus

Little Falls: Tower gardens teach students about aeroponics

Mabel-Canton: District sets student goals

Mabel-Canton: Speaker believes in small school education

Royalton: School board’s emergency action increases custodial pay and restructures administration office

Rushford-Peterson: District waits on school purchase agreement

Sleepy Eye: Board approves new HVAC system for elementary school gym

Sleepy Eye: School’s agriculture department is recipient of grant

Staples-Motley: Plans to repurpose middle school to proceed

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: School board has open seat

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: City cites parking concerns with new Hammer complex

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Graduation: Adult diplomas – advantageous option or isolating mandate?

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Funding: In visit, Cassellius touts Dayton’s investment in education

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Politics: Teachers say Walz will give them a voice



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Court: Minnesota Supreme Court reverses lower court decision in Blake School student crash

Grants: Minnesota awards $5 million for specialized mental health at schools

Teaching: Minnesota schools embrace hands-on learning with “makerspaces”

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Investigation: Police investigating alleged assault of St. Paul assistant principal by student

Teaching: After seven years of work, Minnesota has a new system for licensing teachers

MPR

Curriculum: Minnesota proposes teaching climate change as human-caused

MINNPOST

Health: How one school district is looking to reconfigure mental health services for Minnesota’s most at-risk youth

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Safety: Parkland school shooting commission calls for code red alarms and bleeding control kits

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Report: Black teachers improve outcomes for black students

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Program: Austin High School students learn about government through Model Legislature

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Curriculum: All Ojibwemowin all the time — Red Lake educators envision a K-12 language immersion track

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Referendum: Pillager School District officials working on revised referendum plan

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Consolidation: Carlton School Board shelves consolidation talks with Wrenshall School District

Election: Resident wins write-in bid for Lake Superior School Board

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Planning: Martin County West School Board receives report from World’s Best Workforce committee

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Project: Owatonna Middle School store is reinforcing positive behaviors among students

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Learning: How Winona Area students are understanding their emotions in the classroom

Negotiations: Winona Area School Board approves new contract agreement



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

MPR

Award: Former Eden Prairie student named Rhodes scholar

MINNPOST

Health: Farm-to-school programs have been good for farmers and students

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Spring Grove: School office closer to completion, new workforce goals named

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Discipline: LeRoy-Ostrander parents demand details over investigation of two coaches

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Budget: Duluth won’t refinance Red Plan debt

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Health: Area studies how to best serve students with severe behavioral and mental health needs

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Budget: Parking lot renovations get board’s approval

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Buildings: RTR offers tours of three schools

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Planning: Owatonna to present World’s Best Workforce plan



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Ceremony: At namesake school, students cheer Alan Page’s presidential honor

Program: Prince's Paisley Park starts program with Minneapolis School District

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Crookston: Re-elected school board members sworn in

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Planning: Albert Lea Area School District plans to address student safety, teacher retention

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Project: Brainerd Learning Center students create business, bust stereotypes

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Administration: Blue Earth Area seeking superintendent

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Teaching: Teachers say they’ve “become better teachers” as North Dakota school adopts four-day week

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Project: Falcons For Change project inspires Faribault middle school students to give back

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Planning: Marshall School Board OKs special work session

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Transaction: Winona Area owes state money from sale of elementary school



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Diversity: Families welcome the world into their home

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Courts: St. Paul settles lawsuit over English language learners

MPR

Safety: Inside the business of school security

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

St. Peter: Student wins state agricultural discussion meet

Tri-City United: Board awards school building project bids to construction company

Waseca: High school honors veterans at assembly

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Policy: Students challenge ban on water bottles

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Column: Taking action to reduce lead in water

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Technology: Granada-Huntley-East Chain students explore new worlds

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Feature: Teacher, student celebrate cancer milestones

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Transportation: Bus study approved



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

ST. PAUL PIONEEER PRESS

Court: Former Shakopee superintendent pleads guilty to public corruption

Discipline: St. Paul teacher suspended for incident that occurred last spring

MPR

Learning: The future of learning? Well, it’s personal

THE HECHINGER REPORT

Learning: Education technology designers need classroom observation to make products accessible

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Program: Fairmont Elementary School offers “Elf Shop”

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Report: Northwestern Minnesota school districts named among safest in state

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Facilities: Marshall High School students use new lab equipment

Facilities: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board decides to move ahead with task force’s recommendations

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Election: New Ulm School Board affirms results of election

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Election: 21-year-old alumnus elected to Kasson-Mantorville School Board

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Facilities: City of Montevideo, Southwest West Central Service Cooperative breaks ground on school for students with special needs

WINONA DAILY NEWS

Negotiations: Winona Area School Board approves contract settlement with the teachers union



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Calendar: Minneapolis will return to starting school after Labor Day

Safety: Brooklyn Center raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

MPR

Safety: How can schools reduce sexual violence?

MINNPOST

Referendum: Bond referendum requests fare better in 2018, but rural-urban divide persists

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Glencoe-Silver Lake: School board will have some new faces

Glencoe-Silver Lake: Voters reject school district’s operating levy request

Maple Lake: Veterans honored at celebration

Maple Lake: Three school board members elected

Pipestone Area: School board approves new three-year contract for superintendent

Pipestone Area: Board considers attendance policy

Pipestone Area: Survey says voters would support new school building

St. Peter: School board committee seeks levy savings

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Awards: Austin names its teacher of the year

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Awards: Mankato’s gifted program earns national recognition

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Awards: St. Peter paraprofessional earns state award

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Survey: Results provide valuable data for facilities task force

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Curriculum: Students pick up skills at STEAM summit

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Finances: Audit shows spending on par with state averages



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Crime: Former Shakopee superintendent facing additional bribery charges

Safety: Gas leak led to significant bus delays for some Minneapolis students

MPR

Curriculum: Should schools be teaching consent?

HUMPHREY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Honors: Schools named recipients of Local Government Innovation Awards

THE WASHINGTON POST

Study: Schools spend billions on school safety with little evidence of efficacy

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: School board saves big, reviews e-learning and transportation

Cleveland: Veterans honored at program held at school

Kenyon-Wanamingo: School honors veterans

Le Sueur-Henderson: School district receives clean audit

Le Sueur-Henderson: School board, city council to look at community center director structure

Mountain Lake: School district cancels classes Friday for football game

Northfield: School district leaders begin work on bond referendum projects

Northfield: High school gymnastics loses practice space

Sibley East: Three candidates win school board seats

St. Peter: School board committee seeks levy savings

Tri-City United: High school pays tribute to veterans

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Health: Vaping is an issue in schools

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Extracurricular: High school A Cappella Choir selected for state performance

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Cooperation: City, schools discuss more parking at Brainerd schools

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Buildings: Eveleth-Gilbert schools closed because of heating issues

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Board: Teachers’ union offers update

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Community: Online exchange shows community’s expectations of schools

GRAND FORKS HERALD

Obituary: Former MSBA Board president Jon Hovde dies

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Community: New Ulm school marks Veterans Day

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Curriculum: Authors discuss writing with elementary students



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Community: St. Paul has plan to better engage with parents

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Curriculum: Navy pilot shares stories with Woodbury eighth-graders

Discipline: Wisconsin district investigates students’ apparent Nazi salute photo

MPR

Health: School-grown produce teaches students to eat their veggies

HECHINGER REPORT

Technology: Rural districts’ broadband plans delayed by FCC licensing decisions

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Honors: Forest Lake Area elementary school principal accepts national award in Washington, D.C.

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Community: Veterans honored at middle school

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Community: Schools pay tribute to veterans

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Board reviews plans for Nisswa Elementary

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Buildings: Sleepy Eye School Board to hear about long-term maintenance plan

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Community: Owatonna schools honor veterans



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Editorial: Schools that won support need to show results

Feature: Teen finds her calling

MINNPOST

Election: Two newcomers win board seats

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Politics: Midterm election results may undermine charter school movement

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Politics: Few teachers win office in midterm elections

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Blue Earth Area: Student representing Taiwan in exchange program

Brandon-Evansville: Three candidates elected to school board

Hancock: Yes vote means go for school project

Hancock: Newcomer, two incumbents elected to school board

Pierz, Royalton and Swanville: New faces elected to school board

Red Wing: High school honors veterans

Sleepy Eye: Agriculture students learn by doing

Worthington: School district nearing closes to February 12 referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Funding: After referendum fails, Glenville-Emmons looks elsewhere for bus fund

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Diversity: Austin developing programs to better serve students

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Diversity: White Earth superintendent visits Bemidji

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Buildings: Public input sought on next phase of building plans

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Editorial: ACT scores tell truth about Minnesota schools

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Facilities: New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva contemplates improvements to facilities



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Proclamation: Gov. Dayton orders flags at half-staff in honor of California attack victims

SESSION DAILY

Politics: DFL chooses Rep. Melissa Hortman as next Minnesota House speaker

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Communication: Edina School District invites community to take online survey

Facilities: St. Michael-Albertville leaders tour new ice arena

Grant: St. Francis Middle School selected for state safety grant

Honors: Forest Lake Area High School student named National Merit Semifinalist

Program: Bloomington School District to hold Veterans Day flag raisings

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Cleveland: Write-in candidate, two incumbents win school board seats

Eveleth-Gilbert: Elected board member currently on military deployment

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: Voters extend annual operating levy

Kenyon-Wanamingo: School district holds Veteran Day programs

Little Falls: School board changes meeting date

Monticello: School district plans Veterans Day celebrations

Pierz: School officials seek long-term facility maintenance funding

Rushford-Peterson: School board kick-starts superintendent hiring process (MSBA mentioned)

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Personnel: Austin School District finance director resigns to take new job

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Program: Brainerd elementary school celebrates Veterans Day

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Finances: Granada-Huntley-East Chain School District’s finances doing well

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Projects: Mankato West High School student entrepreneurs start their own businesses

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Safety: Owatonna School District changing plans for dealing with active shooters

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Election: New St. Cloud Area School Board members share goals

Referendum: Sartell-St. Stephen School District, new board members look forward after referendum setback

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Referendum: Winona Area school projects will begin next summer



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

THE MSBA ADVOCATE

Referendums: Minnesota school districts fare well with referendum results

MINNPOST

Elections: Two newcomers win at-large Minneapolis School Board seats; Twin Cities referendums pass

EDUCATION WEEK

Every Student Succeeds Act: U.S. Education Secretary releases parents guide to ESSA report cards

SESSION DAILY

Politics: Strong suburban support puts DFL in control of the Minnesota House of Representatives

THE WASHINGTON POST

Politics: U.S. Education Department will “certainly be responsive” to Democratic oversight efforts

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Randolph: Voters approve school referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Referendum: Alden-Conger School District voters approve reallocating funds

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Election: Austin School Board incumbents maintain seats

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Project: MPR series brings classical music into schools

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Election: Two new members elected in Pequot Lakes School Board race

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Election: Three candidates elected to Hermantown School Board

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Election: Voters elect school board members for Fairmont Area, Truman, Martin County West and Granada-Huntley-East Chain

HIBBING DAILY TRIBUNE

Election: Three incumbents re-elected to Virginia School Board

Elections: Local school boards see new faces

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Referendums: Referendums sees some success across region

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Referendum: MACCRAY School Board to discuss next steps following bonding defeat

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Transportation: Winona Area preps student for bus routes



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Referendums: Twin Cities metro districts win in high-stakes school levy votes

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Referendums: Voters approve measures in St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburban districts

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Election: Voters elect candidates to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Lakeville Area and Farmington Area school boards

Election: Brooklyn Center voters elect two incumbents, one newcomer to school board

Election: Columbia Heights voters elect school board members, approve bond referendum

Election: Three incumbents, one newcomer win seats on Eastern Carver County School Board

Election: Candidate keeping seat on Eden Prairie School Board

Election: Two candidates unofficially elected to Elk River Area School Board

Election: Two incumbents, one newcomer win spots on Farmington Area School Board

Election: Three candidates elected to Mahtomedi School Board; voters approve levy renewal

Election: Three New Prague Area candidates win school board seats

Election: Four candidates elected to Osseo Area School Board

Election: Incumbent is top vote-getter in Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board race

Election: Rockford Area voters elected board members, split on ballot measures

Election: Four candidates elected to Shakopee School Board

Election: Stillwater Area voters elect incumbent, three newcomers to school board

Election: Incumbent, two newcomers expected winners in St. Francis Area School Board race

Election: Two candidates elected to St. Michael-Albertville School Board

Election: Waconia voters select two incumbents, two newcomers to school board

Referendum: Robbinsdale Area voters approve referendum

Referendum: Waconia voters OK school district’s levy request

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Adrian: Voters deny school district’s operating levy proposal

Benson: Four candidates win school board seats

Cleveland: Two incumbents return to school board

Crookston: Trio of incumbents elected to school board

Detroit Lakes: Three candidates elected to school board

Detroit Lakes: School referendum wins approval

Frazee-Vergas: Voters approve referendum to fix up elementary school

Goodhue: Voters approve building referendum

Hancock: Voters show big support for school referendum

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton: Voters easily approve operating levy

Kenyon-Wanamingo: Four candidates take school board seats

Mora: Incumbents claim school board seats

Morris Area: Three candidates elected to school board

Northfield: Referendum passes with overwhelming majority

Perham-Dent: Four candidates elected in close school board race

Red Rock Central: Operating referendum fails

Red Wing: Voters approve two referendum questions

Tri-City United: Three incumbents, one newcomer elected to school board

Waseca: Incumbents earn top votes on school board

Wrenshall: School referendum fails

Worthington: Three candidates elected to school board

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Election: Albert Lea Area voters elect four to school board

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Referendums: Southland, LeRoy-Ostrander see large voter turnout for key items

BEMIDJI PIONEER

Election: Three candidates top voting for Bemidji Area School Board

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Election: Two incumbents, one newcomer elected to Brainerd School Board

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Referendum: Duluth voters say yes to smaller class sizes

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Election: One incumbent, three newcomers earn seats on Faribault School Board

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Referendums: Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown referendums pass by large margins

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Safety: Rumors of threat to New Ulm High School unfounded

OWATONNA PEOPLE'S PRESS

Election: Four incumbents earn four more years on Owatonna School Board

Election: Four candidates fill spots on Medford School Board

Election: Pair of new members will join re-elected incumbents on New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva School Board

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Election: Incumbents triumph in Rochester School Board race

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Election: Three candidates elected to St. Cloud Area School Board

Election: Two incumbents, one newcomer elected to Sartell-St. Stephen School Board

Election: Three candidates elected to Sartell-St. Stephen School Board

Referendum: Voters reject Sartell-St. Stephen operating levy

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Election: Four candidates elected to New London-Spicer School Board

Referendum: MACCRAY School District voters reject bond referendum

Referendum: Willmar School District’s operating levy passes

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Election: Four candidates elected to Winona Area School Board

Referendum: Winona Area voters approve referendum



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

THE MSBA WEEKLY ADVOCATE

Advocacy: Results of Senate Education Policy meeting on special education

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board selects superintendent

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Belle Plaine: School board gears up for e-learning, schedule changes

Delano: School board candidates identify priorities

Detroit Lakes: Elementary school receives safety improvement grant

Goodhue: School district asking voters to approve proposal

Minnewaska Area: District to host veterans program

Red Wing: School district asking voters to approve referendum

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Buildings: Naming process begins for new construction

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Awards: Local educators name Teacher of the Year

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Elections: Board candidates answer questions from Chamber

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Safety: student allegedly threatened school shooting at Blue Earth Area high school

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Finance: Marshall board hears fiscal audit review

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Negotiations: Teacher talks to restart with mediator



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Testing: Former North Carolina governor appointed chair of the National Assessment Governing Board

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Feature: Stillwater’s Friendship Club expands social life for kids with disabilities

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Election: A lot is at stake in Tuesday’s elections

Referendums: Crowded ballots include a few school levies

MPR

Referendums: School districts across Minnesota have bond requests, operating levies on Tuesday’s ballot

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Program: Glenville-Emmons students lead drug- and alcohol-free initiative

Project: Albert Lea Area students add color to walls

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Program: Pine River-Backus students celebrate Farm to School Month

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Personnel: Retiring Le Sueur-Henderson activities director coach several sports

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Higher education: Minnesota State chancellor gets feedback from employers and educators

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Referendum: Winona Area School Board details upcoming referendum



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Honors: Farmington Area’s Jay Haugen named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Administration: St. Paul superintendent builds his leadership team

Election: Minneapolis School Board candidates discuss ways to attract students

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

Referendum: St. Paul School District referendum set for Tuesday

MPR

Community: St. Paul high school students gather stories for documentary on neighborhood

Investigation: Rochester School District investigating racially charged image

MINNPOST

Reading: Minnesota educators continue to grapple with reading instruction

SUBURBAN WEEKLIES

Facilities: High lead levels discovered in water at Wayzata School District

GREATER MINNESOTA WEEKLIES

Aitkin: Social studies students get a lesson on community economics

Kingsland: School board ballot to list just one name, but write-ins seek to fill three openings

Pipestone Area: Construction managers interviewed for future facilities project

Spring Grove: Athletic director named regional athletic administrator of the year

Spring Grove: Students become part of the voting process as election judges

Willow River: School board approves new playground sets

ALBERT LEA TRIBUNE

Program: Albert Lea Area hosts anti-bullying workshop

AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

STEM: Outdoor classroom brings students into the wild

BRAINERD DISPATCH

Facilities: School board supports location for new elementary school

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE

Facilities: Duluth charter school acquires property

FAIRMONT SENTINEL

Technology: Fairmont Elementary School acquires heart monitors

FARGO-MOORHEAD FORUM

Facilities: Moorhead Area considering another new school to accommodate growing enrollment

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS

Safety: Police investigating threats to shoot up two schools

MANKATO FREE PRESS

Advocacy: New Ulm school officials ask senators to reduce special education paperwork

MARSHALL INDEPENDENT

Safety: Marshall School District staff take part in ALICE shooter training

NEW ULM JOURNAL

Referendum: Cedar Mountain School District voters to decide operating levy rate on November 6

ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN

Investigation: Rochester School District investigate “racially charged” costumes

ST. CLOUD TIMES

Referendum: Sartell’s school ballot question

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

Program: MACCRAY students’ Christmas decorations on the way to Washington, D.C.

Referendums: Area school districts have operating levies, seek bond approval

WINONA DAILY NEWS & WINONA POST

Safety: Student arrested after alleged threats of school shooting