More Minnesota school teachers are turning to the leave of absence. A survey by the state's school boards shows a 27 percent increase in two years. The school boards think bigger class sizes and additional scrutiny are behind an increase in teacher mental health leaves.
School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo
None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.
Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting
Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium
Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube
Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.
Gunfire outside stadium halts Richfield/Kennedy football game
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K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop
A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.
Gov. Walz reacts to Tuesday death of Mankato West student
The governor is a former geography teacher at the high school.
Teen pleads guilty to Minneapolis carjacking, admits to others
The man was yanked out of the vehicle by witnesses before fleeing the scene.
Three plead guilty to roles in murder on Red Lake Reservation
The 2019 murder left another person seriously injured.
Sheriff: Heifer shot and butchered on farmer's pasture near Aitkin
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office.
Charges: Man kidnapped woman at gunpoint, forced her to withdraw $1,500
The 56-year-old suspect is accused of forcing the woman to the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Police arrest suspect in Oakdale after 10-hour standoff
The standoff with police lasted over 10 hours Friday.
Duluth schools lay off 29 more teachers
The Duluth School Board voted to cut 29 additional full and part-time teachers to help close a $3.8 million budget gap. Another six teachers were laid off last month. In addition to the cuts, the News Tribune reports 31 teachers retired this year. Some of those positions will be filled.
Dayton vetoes move away from 'last in, first out' teacher layoffs
Supporters of the bill argue teacher layoffs should be based on performance rather than seniority. In his veto message, the governor said it should be up to local school boards and teachers to negotiate their own terms of employment and dismissal.
House OKs measure to make performance part of decisions about teacher layoffs
Currently Minnesota uses a last-in, first-out system when it comes to teacher layoffs. But the House majority leader says there's no need for the state to be "quality blind" in deciding who gets laid off.
Minneapolis teachers accept new $240 million contract
Minnesota Public Radio reports more than 80 percent of those voting approved the deal Saturday. Teachers will be paid an extra $3,000 a year for extra classroom time. The Minneapolis School Board will decide whether to ratify the two-year contract on Tuesday.
Fewer male teachers in Minnesota despite growing demand
There is a growing gender gap within teaching ranks, both locally and nationally. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports the number of men teaching has gone from 27 percent to 25 percent over the past decade. The drop comes at a time when schools want to hire more teachers with different backgrounds, including men, minorities and immigrants.
St. Paul teachers' union set to vote on possible strike this week
The teachers are asking for smaller class sizes, better pay, and expanded student programs.
A bill to end teacher seniority headed to Gov. Mark Dayton
Senators approved the measure and sent it to the governor Saturday. The legislation would eliminate the "last-in, first-out" rule. Current law says schools can only consider teacher tenure when making layoff decisions. Dayton is expected to veto the bill.
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