In 2012, Stratton posted on Facebook that she hated a hall monitor. She faced an in-school suspension and was asked to hand over her password so school and law enforcement officials could investigate another online conversation she had with a student.
STEP-UP was created in 2004 and partners with local businesses to provide work experience to city students between the ages of 14 and 21. Program staff member Amy Shapiro says the exercise is designed to give young people a sense of what they'll need for future job interviews.
Negotiators for the district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers struck a deal earlier this month, setting the stage for the vote. If the contract is ratified by teachers, the school board will vote on the agreement April 8.
A study from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows kindergarten through 3rd grade students tutored by Minnesota Reading Corps tutors did twice as well on literacy tests than students without a tutor.
Minneapolis expects 2,800 students from kindergarten to eighth-grade to attend Spring Break Academy and some Stillwater school leaders are asking kids to take a practice version of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests online.
The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said it would require districts to better train staff on how spot and prevent bullying.
Union leaders voted to put the decision to teachers in the state's largest district during a meeting Monday. The union and district have met at the bargaining table 16 times since May, but have failed to reach an agreement over pay and benefits.
Union leaders will meet Monday to schedule a strike authorization vote by the 2,800-member Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota.
The bill aims to replace Minnesota's current anti-bullying law, which at 37 words is considered one of the weakest in the nation. The new measure would require school districts to train staff on how to spot and prevent bullying. And it would mandate better reporting and follow up of bullying incidents
State data from 2013 shows 20 percent of teacher candidates failed the reading, writing and math test currently in place. Among minority teacher candidates, failure rates were significantly higher.
Districts around the state have taken different approaches to making up school days lost because of weather cancellations. Some added class time on days set aside for teacher development. Several districts were open on Presidents Day, a traditional day off for students. Rural districts with four-day weeks have added the occasional fifth day.
The students, two of whom were in wheelchairs, spent about 20 minutes outside while firefighters battled the fire, according to the Osseo school district.
About 60,000 students qualify for lunches at a reduced price of 40 cents apiece. The bill sponsored by state Rep. Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka, would cover that cost for families.
Union officials say 95 percent of teachers voted in favor of the deal. The St. Paul school board will vote on the contract March 18.
The union has postponed a strike authorization vote and suspended its "work to rule" action after today's talks.