Josh Verges, Pioneer Press

Josh Verges

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Josh:

St. Paul school district plans budget around big enrollment loss

The district is planning for the loss of 1,877 students, a nearly 6 percent drop from this year. → Read More

UMN tuition hike of 3.5% would be largest in a decade

President Joan Gabel’s proposed budget for the University of Minnesota includes tuition increases of 1.75 to 3.5 percent. → Read More

University of St. Thomas names dean for two-year college

The University of St. Thomas has hired Buffy Smith to be dean of its two-year Dougherty Family College. → Read More

Property taxes creep up as St. Paul school construction debt skyrockets

By 2026, the district projects it will tax property owners around $78 million, up from $33 million in 2016. → Read More

‘Hidden River’ beats out Philando Castile as new name for St. Paul middle school

The new name, which refers to an aquifer beneath the school, was the clear winner in a student vote. → Read More

St. Paul district to schedule school around Muslim, Jewish holidays

Taking days off during the school year means a shorter summer break, but more Minnesota school districts are finding value in recognizing additional holy days. → Read More

More MN inmates to be eligible for federal aid for college classes

Local colleges began providing in-person classes for degree-seeking inmates last fall at four Minnesota prisons. → Read More

Capella University settles lawsuit over time, cost to earn degree

Students who dropped out of its nursing and education programs filed a class-action suit against Capella in 2018. New plaintiffs were named in 2020 after the judge dismissed 42 of the original 45 c… → Read More

Harding student stole gun before bringing it to school, juvenile charges say

Antwan Calvin Watson, 16, is charged with three felonies for gun possession by a minor, having a dangerous weapon on school property and receiving stolen property. → Read More

Anoka-Hennepin superintendent David Law takes Minnetonka job

Superintendent David Law is leaving the state’s largest school district for the 13th-largest. → Read More

Hamline University to admit students without an ACT, SAT score

All five private colleges in St. Paul have adopted test-optional admissions policies in recent years. → Read More

MN colleges see online tutoring grow during pandemic

Minnesota State is more than doubling its contract with in response to increased demand. → Read More

Federally funded bonuses boost pay for St. Paul school employees

The school board Tuesday approved bonuses of up to $2,500 or $3,000 for numerous employee groups. → Read More

St. Paul school board makes Juneteenth a paid holiday

The school board resolution also encourages the Legislature and governor to make Juneteenth an official state holiday. → Read More

St. Paul school district to stop requiring masks

Next week, for the first time in two years, masks will be optional in public schools. → Read More

11 finalists named for Education Minnesota’s teacher of the year award – Twin Cities

The state teachers union will announce the winner May 1 in St. Paul. → Read More

St. Paul school board to vote again on mask mandate

The board voted 3-2 last month to keep the mask mandate in place, rejecting the superintendent’s recommendation to drop it. → Read More

Math education standards committee adds more references to MN tribes, other cultures

Seven of the 11 anchor standards in the most recent version include references to “cultural perspectives,” “historical and contemporary Dakota and Anishinaabe communities” or both, according to mat… → Read More

St. Paul’s Harding High School reports armed robbery in boys bathroom – Twin Cities

School staff told officers one student used a BB gun to rob another student. → Read More

College student association sues Minnesota State board for rejecting fee increase

LeadMN alleges trustees rejected the fee increase in retaliation for criticism of the board and system administrators. → Read More