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The Duluth school district is beginning to make progress in narrowing its persistent achievement gap thanks to systemwide changes put in place in recent years. That's what superintendent Bill Gronseth shared Thursday night at East High School as part of his annual report to the community, which highlighted the work going on inside Duluth schools. "It takes three to five years to make real change happen," he said. "What we're seeing now is that coming to fruition."
More than 80 percent of registered voters in Duluth cast ballots this fall, compared to 72 percent in 2008 and 79 percent in 2012. More than 2,200 kids took part...
Representatives from Many Rivers Montessori spoke to the Duluth School Board Monday night in an effort to persuade the board to consider selling it one of its empty school buildings. Officials from the three-year-old Montessori school asked the entire board for a meeting following the rejections of three building offers, the first one made last April. Three board members — Alanna Oswald, Harry Welty and Art Johnston — asked that such a meeting be put on an agenda.
Duluth's first Montessori-style middle school is housed in the basement of the Duluth Running Co. store, with its entrance facing London Road. The wide-open space has a small kitchen at one end with a dining room table. Computer stations are scattered throughout, and a panel of windows looks onto Leif Erikson Park.
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.