Tom Weber Feature Archive

The LeCenter and Montgomery-Lonsdale districts will consolidate, the first in Minnesota in two years. (06/28/2011)
Teachers and other school staff who need licenses must submit paperwork in the next few days, ahead of any possible government shutdown, or else find themselves prohibited from working. (06/24/2011)
The leaders of 20 charter schools across Minnesota are wondering if next week might be their last in business. They all had to find new sponsors this year, but the switch to a new sponsor still hasn't earned final approval from the state education department. (06/24/2011)
The St. Paul school board has voted to eliminate more than 300 positions to balance next year's budget. (06/22/2011)
Lawyers for two national civil rights groups met with leaders of the Anoka-Hennepin School district Tuesday to discuss claims that gay students have been illegally harassed. (06/14/2011)
Employees of Minnesota's public schools are not state workers, but their salaries and other school expenses rely on money that districts get from the state. So, one question surrounding a possible government shutdown is whether public schools in Minnesota would continue to receive state payments. Without any definitive ruling on the question yet, school leaders are drawing up contingency plans. (06/13/2011)
School board members from across the metro want GOP leaders to re-think the education budget they passed this year that has since been vetoed. (06/09/2011)
The Republican-led Legislature approved an education budget this spring that eliminates the funding for integration efforts altogether. But Gov. Dayton vetoed that bill, leaving the fate of the $100 million a year program uncertain. (06/09/2011)
The state's largest school district says it will staff a phone line this summer for any student or family having mental health problems. (06/07/2011)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting a high-achieving St. Paul school and hosting a round-table discussion about the overhaul of federal education law. (05/31/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday directed the state's education department to apply for the federal "Race to the Top" program, just hours after the Obama administration announced new funding for the initiative. Minnesota lost out on a previous round of competition for the funds. (05/25/2011)
Lawyers for the Southern Poverty Law Center and National Center for Lesbian Rights say they have proof that Anoka-Hennepin students have been harassed for being gay or perceived as gay and that harassment violates federal law. (05/24/2011)
New test results show high school students in Minnesota continue to improve their scores in math and reading. However, the data also shows a significant gap between how well white students perform, compared to students of color. (05/24/2011)
Charter schools in Minnesota are getting a one-year reprieve from a deadline that threatened to close dozens of schools. (05/19/2011)
Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Wednesday that Minnesota's bullying law needs a definition of bullying and more accountability. (05/18/2011)