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With the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged protections offered to Minnesota teachers comes an opportunity to build up the teaching profession and encourage more people to seek it, said Duluth Federation of Teachers president Bernie Burnham.
At Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth on Tuesday, 4-year-old Aurora Norman successfully arranged several small blue and purple dinosaurs into a line of alternating colors. "Look at my pattern — teacher, lookit!" she said. Debbie Farnham's pre-kindergarten class was split into three groups: one making construction-paper models of the classic book character Corduroy, one hearing a story and one playing with patterns using rubber dinosaurs.
A Thursday candidate forum about poverty in Duluth will give the spotlight to low-income residents before hearing from those running for St. Louis County Board and the Minnesota Legislature. The 2016 Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2430 W. Third St. While the city has experienced business growth and housing development in recent years, not everyone benefits equally, said organizer Joel Kilgour, noting that disparities in education, housing and wages are among Duluth's most critical issues.
Nearly 40 employees — all having non-tenured faculty positions — will be laid off by the University of Minnesota Duluth to help cut $2 million in expenses. It was done...
Smaller incoming kindergarten classes at schools such as Laura MacArthur and Homecroft account for much of a slight enrollment decline in Duluth public schools this year, district officials said. The Duluth district — which has experienced enrollment decline for decades — lost only a small percentage of students this year, at 1.4 percent. One thing district officials have noticed is some families holding their kindergarten-age kids back a year, with 17 families at Lester Park Elementary, for example, choosing that option.
A vote meant to decide whether to meet with Many Rivers Montessori was removed from consideration Tuesday night by the Duluth School Board. Representatives for the private school had asked to meet with board members to discuss buying one of its former school buildings. In response to that, some board members said they would agree to a meeting to hear more about their program, and wanted it added to this month's agenda.
Efforts to open a charter school that caters to the youths at Woodland Hills have been hampered by a state law that says the Duluth school district needs to agree...
The proposed three-year contract renewal for Duluth schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth calls for small increases in each of the three years. Gronseth's base pay — which hasn't changed since he was chosen for the position in 2012 — is $168,000. The contract calls for increases of 2 percent the first year and 1 percent in each of the following years. He would be making about $174,800 in the third year of the proposed contract.
The Duluth News Tribune made an open records request in 2014 to the Duluth school district, asking for six years of data related to suspension incidents. The information requested includes...
In nearly 20 years with the Duluth school district, East High School teacher Catherine Nachbar has had what she calls “some of the best” training about poverty, class and race...