Tom Weber Feature Archive

For all the talk at the Minnesota State Capitol this year about early childhood education, supporters only won part of what they wanted. Legislators approved $4 million in scholarships for needy families, but they did not include a system to rate child care providers. (07/28/2011)
Voters in a record number of school districts could be asked to weigh in on funding referendums this November. (07/25/2011)
Education officials across the state are frustrated and even angry that the budget agreement reached Thursday will include delaying even more payments to schools than first proposed. (07/14/2011)
The budget agreement reached Thursday makes some fundamental changes in the way the state funds public schools. Gov. Mark Dayton had already proposed delaying 30 percent of school payments as part of the budget he presented in February. Here's more information on how that shift will affect school districts. (07/14/2011)
One of St. Paul's biggest employers, Lawson Software, laid off employees Wednesday, but the company won't reveal just how many or where they are located. (07/13/2011)
Dunwoody Academy charter school is moving out from its home of two years -- beneath the roof of North High School in Minneapolis. (07/07/2011)
Six charter schools across Minnesota have closed in recent weeks -- the largest number of closings in a decade. (07/06/2011)
Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders may resort to delaying more payments to Minnesota's public schools as a way to close a $5 billion projected budget gap. That's one tactic that both sides have floated as part of the budget solution. It saves costs to the state, but adds more burden to the school districts. (07/05/2011)
Leaders of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy acknowledge their prospects of reopening their charter school are not good. As of now, the state no longer considers TiZA a public school. TiZA also filed for bankruptcy last week, a move that was made to protect its financial obligations. (07/05/2011)
Minnesota public employee retirees have lost a round in their effort to turn back pension changes made by lawmakers last year. (06/30/2011)
Minnesota 9th graders showed little change this year on a required statewide writing test. (06/29/2011)
St. Paul School Board members began a discussion about student bullying, hoping open up further conversation on the issue and define district policy. (06/29/2011)
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)