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A local literacy group is asking the Duluth school district to prove it followed established policies in its decision to pull "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from high school instruction. The Arrowhead Reading Council, a professional organization that counts several current and former Duluth district teachers as members, sent a letter to School Board members and administration asking for evidence that three different policies were followed.
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The valuable 77-acre former Duluth Central High School property has been for sale for more than six years — but these days, it's hard to tell. The Duluth school district is no longer paying a real estate agency to advertise Central or other surplus properties remaining post-Red Plan, and the site isn't listed anywhere one might look if they are in the market for a multimillion-dollar commercial property.
Disparities between the Duluth school district's eastern and western schools have been a concern for years, but in recent months complaints have grown louder. The demographic effects of the district's large-scale building and consolidation plan that eliminated some central Duluth schools continue to play out, declining enrollment in certain schools has left their students — many with great needs — with less opportunity, and a fight has erupted over funding those schools.
HOYT LAKES — Allyson and Tony Ponto were married in 2005 and wanted children immediately. Pregnancy happened quickly, but it didn't last. Allyson experienced her first ectopic pregnancy — when a fertilized egg attaches outside of the uterus — and then it was two years before she became pregnant again. The same thing happened, and then again, and again. "We had a lot of trouble," Allyson said, but they didn't give up.
An enrollment adjustment that arrived in the nick of time will save the Duluth school district from making mid-year layoffs. While the district's audit for last year — presented last week — showed a nearly $500,000 deficit, the state sent a $600,000 enrollment adjustment for that same year on Friday, putting the district back in the black for that year's budget. Had that not happened, the district was facing a $2 million shortfall for the current year that if not addressed, would probably lead the district into statutory operating debt.
Duluth Edison Charter Schools on Monday said it isn't responsible for the Duluth school district's financial crisis. The district has pinned a big piece of a $2 million mid-year deficit — calling it unexpected — on the special education spending of Edison, coupled with a state funding formula increase. State law dictates that the Duluth school district must pay 90 percent of the unreimbursed special education expenses for its students who attend Edison.
For more than a decade, Duluth's high schools have been without a seven-period day. A way to deal with cuts in state funding, the decision to move to six periods has long been lamented by students, parents and educators. Five years ago, Duluth's middle schools suffered the same fate.
The Duluth school district is asking its employees to take two days of voluntary, unpaid leave to help solve its budget crisis.
The Proctor school district was hit by a malicious computer software "ransomware" attack last weekend. Student data and payroll information were not affected, said superintendent John Engelking, but some information kept in Microsoft Word files has been locked away by the hacker. Only computers at the middle and high school were affected, and only those that were left on over the weekend.