Tom Weber Feature Archive

The fact that Rushford needs a new school isn't that incredible: Scores of districts across Minnesota could make compelling arguments for new facilities. But Rushford-Peterson school district wants to pay for it through state funding instead of raising local property taxes. (The Daily Circuit, 02/27/2012)
This was supposed to be the week that BP and other companies went on trial for the nation's worst off-shore oil spill. But the judge in the case yesterday delayed the start of the trial for one week as the parties, including the government, try to find a settlement. (The Daily Circuit, 02/27/2012)
A state House committee discussed legislation Thursday that would allow schools to keep using a controversial physical restraint to subdue or calm students with severe mental health disabilities. (The Daily Circuit, 02/23/2012)
Minnesota presents a 'unique and interesting opportunity' because of the widespread focus among the state's education community on closing the achievement gap, Rhee said. (The Daily Circuit, 02/21/2012)
What's does the redistricting process look like for Minnesota state representatives? We talk with Rep. Mindy Greiling from Roseville about how her district. (The Daily Circuit, 02/21/2012)
The man considered by some to be the most powerful person in Washington is in Minnesota today. Grover Norquist is the guest speaker at the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday morning in Vadnais Heights. (The Daily Circuit, 02/21/2012)
More than 300 people are becoming U.S. citizens Tuesday in St. Paul during two separate ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater. We spoke with two of those people ahead of today's ceremony, to get some thoughts on what the day means to them. (02/21/2012)
The state's largest school district has dropped a controversial policy that requires teachers to stay neutral when issues of sexual orientation come up in class. (02/14/2012)
One of the first teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin school district to publicly criticize a controversial sexual orientation policy is running for Minnesota State Senate. (02/01/2012)
GOP lawmakers are pushing legislation that would change several rules regarding teacher seniority and layoffs, one of several education-related proposals they hope to pass this year. (01/30/2012)
Minnesota supporters of raising the minimum school dropout age say they're buoyed by the president's mention of the issue. (01/25/2012)
Parents of students in the East Metro Integration District are worried a new budget plan is a back-door attempt to close the district's two schools. (01/24/2012)
A newly revised policy on how teachers should handle contentious issues surrounding sexual orientation when they come up in class appears to be gaining support in the state's largest school district. (01/24/2012)
The Anoka-Hennepin school board will hear a new proposal Monday night for replacing a policy on sexual orientation curriculum matters. (01/23/2012)
Organizers of an anti-bullying summit in St. Paul Friday say they're glad the issue is getting wider attention, but schools still have more to do. (01/20/2012)