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.
Nwangwu, Kendricks named to All-Pro Team; Jefferson snubbed
Jefferson tweeted "help me understand."
How much snow could fall Friday? Here's the latest possibilities
The bullseye is over southwestern Minnesota.
Minneapolis schools go to online learning for 2 weeks amid staff shortage
The online learning period starts Friday and will run for two weeks.
Vaccinated can spread omicron, so why are Twin Cities requiring diners show vax proof?
Starting next week, indoor diners in the Twin Cities will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
MN child care providers will no longer need to quarantine kids, staff exposed to COVID
The state has loosened the rule that previously required exposed staff and children to quarantine.
Former state lawmaker, sled dog musher Frank Moe has died
He died after battling brain cancer.
Minnesota firefighter dies from COVID just days after his father
The 42-year-old leaves behind his wife and their 10 children.
Proof of vaxx or negative test to be required in Twin Cities restaurants
The new policy goes into effect next week.
Border agents seize bushmeat from travelers at MSP Airport
Officials say they've identified a trend of travelers bringing bushmeat into the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Lake teacher on leave after reportedly shooting gopher
The alleged incident apparently happened during archery class. The district won’t go into detail, but high school principal Bob Dockendorf said, “the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation.” Students told WCCO that they didn't think it was a big deal.
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