Elizabeth Shockman, MPR News

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Past articles by Elizabeth:

Winter Play: The anticipation, anguish, and magic of ice dipping

As MPR News staff fanned out across the state to experience cold weather activities they had never tried for the Winter Play series, Regina Medina and Elizabeth Shockman took a transformative plunge in Lake Harriet. → Read More

Minnesota lawmakers prep list of education priorities for 2023

Minnesota lawmakers ready proposals on education funding, school meals, transportation and mental health. → Read More

Becker schools table policy that would exclude 'inherently divisive' content

The Becker school board has tabled discussion of a draft policy that teachers say would prohibit them from discussing current events in the classroom. The board plans a legal review. → Read More

North High principal to stay with district through end of academic year

The Minneapolis school district reinstated North High Principal Mauri Friestleben just hours after announcing she was “on leave.” → Read More

Study finds patterns of chemical exposure in MN children

The state health department has found a pattern of exposure to chemicals in children across the state. → Read More

Scholarships send a ‘shockwave of hope’ around north Minneapolis

Graduating seniors at North Community High School will each receive a $10,000 scholarship this year. → Read More

Minneapolis students return to class after 3-week teacher strike

Students return to Minneapolis Public Schools’ classrooms three weeks after teachers in the district began a strike for higher wages and student supports. → Read More

Deal reached to end Minneapolis teachers strike; classses set to resume Monday

The Minneapolis Public Schools and its teachers union say they've reached a tentative contract agreement to end the strike that's kept thousands of students out of school for more than two weeks. → Read More

Minneapolis school board member resigns as educator strike continues

Minneapolis board director Josh Pauly resigned Wednesday, over a week into a teacher strike. Both union and district representatives say negotiations have progressed but educators are continuing to picket. → Read More

Survey: MN students learning more, but mental health concerns growing

A new survey from the University of Minnesota shows that both students and educators believe mental health is a top concern. → Read More

MN school enrollment continues to drop, but not as severely as 2021

The enrollment hit to Minnesota’s public school system is not as severe as the 2020-2021 school year, but the number of families looking elsewhere for their students’ education needs continues to rise. → Read More

Voting closes Thursday for teacher strikes in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Nearly 8,000 teachers and staff in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts may soon call a strike. Educational unions have been voting this week on whether or not to authorize walking off the job. Voting ends Thursday night. → Read More

Racist video brings calls for action at Prior Lake High School

Students at Prior Lake High School were sent home early as outrage grew over a student video posted online that targeted a 14-year-old Black classmate with racist slurs. Officials described the video as “horrific, hateful, racist.” An investigation is underway. → Read More

Heat wave: Minneapolis schools keep some students home

Just before the school year wraps up, Minneapolis Public Schools will keep students from 15 schools home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the current heat wave. → Read More

USA Curling slides into new house in Minnesota

USA Curling will move its new headquarters to the Viking Lakes campus in Eagan. → Read More

How to talk to kids about the Chauvin verdict and race

Kids are paying attention. Here’s how to talk to them about this week’s news: from the Chauvin verdict to the police killings of Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright and Makhia Bryant. → Read More

‘We’re going for broke': How the Brooklyn Center school district changed everything in a difficult week

The Brooklyn Center school district has canceled in-person classes this week and turned some of its buildings into community aid centers. School leaders say the worst thing they could do would be to carry on with business as usual as their students and families are frightened and in pain after yet another police killing, clashes with protesters and boarded-up grocery stores. → Read More

Walz: Students can return to middle, high school buildings Monday

The decision follows new federal protocols on how schools should operate during the pandemic. The governor is expected to detail his plans at noon. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” he said in a statement. → Read More

Minnesota elementary schools can reopen Jan. 18

Gov. Tim Walz is giving elementary schools across the state the green light to reopen next month if they adopt a number of strategies to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It’s a shift from previous policy, which required districts to rely on county-level data about the level of virus transmission in their communities to guide their reopening plans. → Read More

6 things to know about what school will look like this fall

Minnesota health and education officials have told school leaders to plan for three different scenarios for resuming school during the 2020-2021 academic year. → Read More