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The school district will try to eliminate the rodents over the summer.
A kindergarten teacher neglected two Congdon Park Elementary students when she left them outside alone for nearly 20 minutes, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The state agency investigated a maltreatment complaint filed last school year.
Those unfamiliar with the origin story of Duluth Edison Charter Schools might be surprised to learn that the charter exists today because of the Duluth school district. In 1997, a few years after Minnesota became the first state in the country to pass a law approving public charter schools, two opened in Duluth. The schools were the first in the state run by a for-profit company — the Edison Project — with sponsorship approved unanimously by the Duluth School Board in 1996.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior shocked students, employees and alumni last fall with the suspension of more than two dozen academic programs. Student protests were held, donors were lost, the faculty union investigated the decision process and complaints rolled into the inboxes of top administrators. When the dust settled, some wondered what was next for the school of 2,500 — the only University of Wisconsin campus in the northwestern part of the state.
The Duluth school district has set a new price for the long-empty former Central High School.
Esko native Micaila Hey, known for her warmth and eagerness to help others, took her own life in January by overdosing on pure fentanyl, a powerful and often deadly opioid. Days later, Hey's funeral was the scene of another overdose, when a friend nearly died while sitting among others during the service. Quick action by an attending emergency responder resulted in her being revived in a back room by the overdose antidote Narcan. "Instead of being angry," said Hey's mother, Rachel Colombe, "I channeled Micaila and urged her to get back into treatment."
Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed an additional $19 million in special education funding for next year, as such expenses rise throughout the state. His plan would increase spending by $22 million the following year. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Thursday that rising costs limit opportunities to all students, and create constraints on programs. The proposed $19 million increase, she said, would contain growth and provide some relief. "It will directly impact every student in those districts," Cassellius said.
The Duluth school district is working with the state human rights department to address its discipline disparities. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced last month that students of color were disciplined disproportionately throughout the state, following an analysis of 2015-16 suspension and expulsion data. The department said it would work with 43 districts and charter schools in particular on developing corrective action plans.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will recommend a $50,000 raise for UMD Chancellor Lendley Black next month. The increase is expected to go before the University of Minnesota Board of Regents during a May meeting, via a contract amendment, and would bring Black's total pay to $412,989. Why now, as UMD works to address a $5.4 million budget shortfall and deals with the loss of a lawsuit that has it paying off nearly $4 million to a former hockey coach?
School districts throughout Minnesota have spent years dealing with a delicate issue: an obligation to help pay for the needs of their resident special education students who opt to enroll in charter schools. The issue boiled over in Duluth last fall, when Duluth school district leaders characterized Duluth Edison Charter Schools as a major contributor to the district's multimillion dollar deficit. Duluth Edison fired back, accusing the district of using it as a scapegoat for a wider range of financial problems.