September 9, 2010 — Minneapolis Public Schools are vowing to do something about what the district is calling its "dropout crisis." An estimated 2-thousand students aren't enrolled in school, and some of them might get a knock on their door or a Facebook message about it this weekend. The district is enlisting volunteers to help re-enroll hundreds of students on Saturday as part of its "We Want You Back" campaign.
November 25, 2009 — A charter school in St. Paul plans to close next month because of financial problems. 'Skills for Tomorrow' school has continually lost enrollment in recent years, which has only hurt finances, but officials say the governor's shifts in education funding this summer also contributed. While "Skills" is the first school to announce its closure since the shifts, advocates for charter schools worry it won't be the last. Tom Weber reports.
November 26, 2008 — After a nearly 20 year history, charter schools in the Twin Cities continue to perform worse, are more segregated than traditional public schools -- and they're also forcing those traditional public schools to become more segregated. Those are the findings of a new report called "Broken Promises" -- from the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. But the conclusions are not necessarily swaying those who run charters.
November 26, 2008 — A new report concludes charter schools in the Twin Cities are failing to perform as well as traditional public schools, and they're more segregated. Researchers from the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota compared test scores at public and charter schools in the Twin Cities. The study found charters usually score worse than traditional public schools that have similar percentages of students in poverty. It also found more charter schools have opened that serve only a narrow student population, such as all-black and all-white schools. But Mo Chang, the principal of a mostly-Hmong charter in St. Paul, says it's not segregation if parents choose to send their kids there.
November 10, 2008 — The St. Paul School District wants the public's input on a far-reaching plan called "Large Scale System Change" - so it's holding six meetings across the city over the next month. The first is tonight. District Accountability Officer Michelle Walker says the plan will address ways to improve learning, address lower enrollments, school choice, budget concerns, and consolidation. Walker says she understands people might be most outspoken about possible school closings.
November 10, 2008 — The St. Paul School District kicks off a series of meetings tonight to get public input on a far-reaching plan it calls the "Large Scale System Change."
September 23, 2008 — Governor Tim Pawlenty traveled the state today (tues) to discuss education initiatives he'd like to see pass during next year's Legislative session. Most of the proposals are aimed at getting a force of even-better qualified teachers in classrooms. Some of the ideas are familiar because Pawlenty has pursed them before. Critics say the proposals are small potatoes that don't address what really needs to be addressed: Funding. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber reports.
September 4, 2007 — Fall classes resume today at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus and officials are bracing for traffic problems. The first day back is often chaotic, as nearly 70,000 students and staffers return to campus. But this year could be more complicated than usual because of the 35W bridge collapse. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes reports from a pedestrian overpass on Washington Avenue, on the U of M's East Bank.
September 4, 2007 — Fall classes resume today at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus and officials are bracing for traffic problems. The first day back is often chaotic, as nearly 70,000 students and staffers return to campus. But this year could be more complicated than usual because of the 35W bridge collapse. Todd Kramascz with the Minnesota Department of Transportation comments.
August 31, 2007 — More than a third of schools in Minnesota failed to meet student performance goals last year under the No Child Left Behind law. The Minnesota Department of Education says 729 schools did not make adequate yearly progress under the federal legislation, the highest number since it was enacted five years ago. On his weekly radio show today, Governor Pawlenty said he's concerned about the increase. Opponents of No Child Left Behind say it's overly political, and relies too heavily on testing procedures. Today, we get the perspective of two principals. One whose school was included on the list, and another whose school is no longer on it.