Josh Verges, Pioneer Press

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Josh:

St. Paul school leaders explain plans to close Wellstone, other schools

St. Paul Public Schools officials on Monday night defended the planned closure of Wellstone Elementary, the only school in their consolidation plan that has not struggled to maintain its enrollment… → Read More

State Auditor sends report on Hmong school’s hedge fund investment to prosecutor’s office – Twin Cities

The auditor sent the report to Ramsey County Attorney’s Office for review, citing a statute concerning the use of public funds. → Read More

Planned school closure at Highwood Hills would again leave neighbors without a rec center

The plan has ignited strong pushback. → Read More

Big drop in ACT exams as MN colleges go test-optional during pandemic

Just 60 percent of Minnesota’s 2021 high school graduates took the ACT exam as many college admissions offices waived test requirements because of the coronavirus pandemic. The average composite sc… → Read More

Curman Gaines, first superintendent of color for St. Paul schools, dies at 82

Curman Gaines, the first superintendent of color to lead St. Paul Public Schools, died at home Sunday in Alexandria, La. He was 82. Gaines was one of many African-American educators recruited from … → Read More

St. Paul district releases plans to close, repurpose several schools

Superintendent Joe Gothard said the consolidation will save some money, but the main goal is to create large enough schools that each can offer a well-rounded education, with classes in the arts, s… → Read More

After hedge fund fiasco, Hmong charter school may keep superintendent

In the wake of a $4.3 million loss from an illegal hedge fund investment, Hmong College Prep Academy’s school board appears to be standing by its superintendent. → Read More

St. Paul school district wants task force to explore solar energy, other climate issues

“It’s become very clear that there’s a lot of excitement” over solar power and climate change, said Chelsea Moody, an environmental specialist for the school district. → Read More

St. Paul district to announce school closure plans

With too many schools and too few students, leaders next week will unveil plans to start consolidating next fall. → Read More

Should new lawyers have to pass the bar exam? MN Supreme Court is open to alternatives

The state board that licenses attorneys to practice in Minnesota has begun a comprehensive study that could offer new pathways into the profession as early as 2026. Minnesota is one of 38 states th… → Read More

UM Duluth student sues over coronavirus vaccine mandate

An attorney said only the state Department of Health has the authority under state law to make additions to the list of required vaccines. → Read More

Property taxes could jump 11% for average St. Paul homeowner

The average St. Paul homeowner will pay 11 percent more in property taxes next year if local governments stick with the levy increases they’re considering. The St. Paul school board, which typicall… → Read More

Board to probe Hmong school superintendent’s hedge fund loss, might pay her attorneys fees – Twin Cities

The charter school’s $5 million investment led to a $4.3 million loss and has the institution’s future in doubt. → Read More

Authorizer wants superintendent fired after Hmong College Prep loses $4.3M with hedge fund

The authorizer, Bethel University, said Hmong College Prep Academy’s failed investment “illustrates areas of great concern related to managing finance, governance and legal compliance.” → Read More

Behind on vaccines, 5,000 students could be held out of St. Paul Public Schools

Many families have held off on routine health care visits during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving their children out of compliance with state vaccine requirements. → Read More

MN school desegregation lawsuit heads back to court after Legislature declines to act on settlement

With a major settlement on hold because of inaction by the Legislature, plaintiffs in the Cruz-Guzman school desegregation lawsuit have asked a judge to decide the case in their favor. → Read More

More patrols, cameras, ambassadors: UMN responds to increased crime in Dinkytown

During the coronavirus pandemic and since the murder of George Floyd last year, there have been numerous robberies and some shootings just off campus, especially in and around Dinkytown. → Read More

Bus driver shortage leads to traffic trouble as St. Paul students head back to school

When the bell rang at 7:30 a.m. Thursday for the first day of classes at Washington Technology Magnet, cars were backed up for four blocks along Nebraska Avenue and Rice Street waiting to park or t… → Read More

10,000 St. Paul students lose bus service or face start time changes due to driver shortage

District leaders said they learned Wednesday that their bus contractors would be 76 drivers short of what the district needs to run its routes as usual. → Read More

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan adopts school mask mandate as long as COVID-19 cases are high

Face masks likely will be required when the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district begins its school year next month. The school board voted 7-0 Thursday in favor of a COVID-19 plan that makes masks… → Read More