St. Paul School District
A St. Paul high school teacher who teaches writing and English to immigrant students has been named Minnesota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Amy Hewett-Olatunde was announced Sunday as the 51st winner of the award.
At St. Paul’s Johnson High School, Scott Shaffer teaches lessons in physics. There are no textbooks or whiteboard lectures. Instead, students like junior Fabian Gutierrez will learn by taking flight.
The St. Paul school district is seeking to establish a new policy to protect transgender students. The proposal was outlined Tuesday night by the district’s strategic planning and policy administrator. A group of school board members plans to work on the “gender inclusion” policy with students, parents and staff in the coming months.
While many schools were closed Wednesday, St. Paul schools stayed open. Those who showed up to Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet School spent the day in their jackets because the building’s boiler went out Wednesday morning. The district says students in colder classrooms were moved to warmer areas in the school while workers tried to get the heat going again.
St. Paul public schools have announced a plan for cancelling classes during extreme winter temperatures. The St. Paul School District said Wednesday that classes will be called off if the National Weather Service forecast at 6 a.m. predicts an air temperature below minus 25 or a wind chill of 40 below zero.
Despite a push to change starting times in the St. Paul School District, changes won’t be made next year. The St. Paul School Board voted Tuesday night to wait at least one more year before considering the change.
It’s the middle of August, which means school is starting soon for many students in Minnesota. The big talk in the St. Paul School District right now is a proposal to push back the start of the school day for secondary students.
Big changes are in the works for the St. Paul School District. Officials are considering pushing back start times, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
The St. Paul school district plans to hand out iPads to all students in the next school year. That year, the district sought and won voter approval of a $9 million-per-year technology initiative that was to create a “teaching and learning platform,” or Facebook-like webpage, through which teachers and students could interact, according to the Star Tribune. Its proponents insisted that the initiative was not about supplying devices to students.
As technology begins to take on a greater role in education, the St. Paul, Minn. school district is trying to make it accessible to all students with a new grant. Comcast announced Tuesday that it gave $50,000 to non-profit community organizations in St. Paul to create, “Internet Essential Learning Zones.”
The agreement was reached after a 24-hour-long mediation session. The contract will go through 2015 and includes new wages and benefits, as well as additional staffing.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers and St. Paul Schools have reached a tentative labor agreement on their 2013-15 contract, officials announced Friday morning. After 24 hours of negations between the school district and the union, it appears a teachers’ strike will be avoided.
About 3,000 teachers in St. Paul could be asked to take a strike vote as early as Monday. The St. Paul Federation of Teachers is expected to decice at a meeting Monday night if it will be moving closer to walking off the job.
Students were sent home from a St. Paul elementary school after a broken pipe was discovered in the building Wednesday morning, officials said.
For the second time this year, a teacher at a school in St. Paul is on paid leave during an investigation. A long-time educator at Heights Community School is accused of an altercation with a student.
St. Paul School District officials said two buildings had to be locked down Tuesday morning after a robbery at a pharmacy.
The St. Paul School District says a teacher who resigned after allegedly discriminating against black students will still be paid until October.
The St. Paul School District says Tim Olmstead, the teacher who allegedly discriminated against black students in his sixth grade classroom, resigned.
A man has been suspended for giving a sexually suggestive birthday card to a grade school student and for talking about castration in front of his 6th grade class.
A St. Paul teacher is on paid leave after being accused of racial discrimination in his own classroom.
Some parents are upset that little input was gathered from the public on how the staggered start times would impact schools.
Parents in St. Paul Public Schools are still reeling from a decision by the school board to restructure the district.
The pendulum in St. Paul public schools is swinging away from years of autonomy toward centralizing budgeting, curriculum and even schedules.
For a second straight day, public school students in Minneapolis and St. Paul were again taking advantage of rare snow days.