Tom Weber Feature Archive

State officials had moved to close BlueSky Online, saying the school wasn't meeting state standards and had graduated students who didn't deserve a diploma. (11/22/2011)
The study finds children of color and those who live in poverty are less likely to be considered ready for kindergarten. (11/20/2011)
Midmorning checks in with a Rochester woman who is trying to understand what her grandmother's life was like by living as closely as she can to the U.S. rationing standards of 1945. (Midmorning, 11/18/2011)
Ten students at Coon Rapids High School have been suspended after comments made on Facebook escalated into a shouting match in a school stairwell. (11/17/2011)
State education officials plan submitted on Monday their application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. (11/14/2011)
It ended up being a pretty good day for school districts that had ballot questions before voters Tuesday. About a third of all school districts in Minnesota had decided to put referenda on the ballot. They were asking voters to either maintain or increase the amount of funds that come from local sources. And of all those questions that were out there, 70-percent were approved. Education reporter Tom Weber discussed the results with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. (11/09/2011)
Voters across Minnesota approved seven of every 10 school-related referenda on Tuesday, in many cases agreeing to raise their own property taxes to provide extra dollars for their districts. (11/09/2011)
MPR News reporter Tom Weber reports on the results of school levy votes around Minnesota. (11/08/2011)
The chair of a key state education committee plans to push for legislation next year that would require school districts to only hold levy referendums in even-numbered years. (11/02/2011)
Test scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress show that Minnesota students made little progress over the last decade in reading. (11/01/2011)
Test scores did not change significantly last year in 25 southwest Minnesota school districts that had special permission to begin the school year before Labor Day, according to a report. (10/31/2011)
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he's still pushing for a law protecting gay and lesbian school students from discrimination, even though he recently withdrew the measure in committee. (10/25/2011)
The state education system lacks a method with which to evaluate school principals. A growing body of research highlights the crucial role school principals play in creating good environments for learning. With increasing pressure over the last decade to improve student achievement, a group of educators will develop the evaluation criteria. (10/24/2011)
Leaders of the East Metro Integration District will decide Wednesday whether to close the district's two schools. (10/19/2011)
Minnesota education officials have submitted the state's application for a competitive federal grant called "Race to the Top." (10/18/2011)