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ST. PAUL — Tuition will rise by 3.9 percent at state universities and 1 percent at state colleges, but a rate freeze will follow in 2018-19. The seven universities on average will charge $7,289 for full-time tuition next school year, an increase of $272. The colleges on average will charge $4,815 — up $48. Trustees of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) approved a $2.02 billion budget Wednesday, June 21, but tuition rates were somewhat out of their control.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will raise tuition this fall at its Twin Cities campus by 2 percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5 percent for nonresidents. A few regents Tuesday, June 20 lobbied for a tuition freeze or slight decrease for residents, but the board voted overwhelmingly to approve President Eric Kaler's recommended budget. Kaler said his 2 percent proposal Tuesday was a compromise between the 3 percent resident rate hike he suggested last week and what regents wanted. "We have listened to the board carefully," he said.
ST. PAUL — Nikki Staab was on vacation in October when a fight broke out in her usually well-mannered seventh-grade science class at Farnsworth Aerospace school in St. Paul. In a typical year, the teacher said, the disruption would have led to three-day suspensions for the boy and girl involved. Instead, back at school the following day, they listened for 90 minutes as their classmates asked questions and described how the altercation made them feel. "It was incredibly powerful. It was really emotional," Staab said. "After that, everything went back to normal."
ST. PAUL — A finding of discrimination against a Karen immigrant student is the latest strike against a St. Paul Public Schools equity initiative that pushed English-learning students into mainstream classes without language assistance. The St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity issued a finding of probable cause last month that the district violated the city's human rights ordinance by discriminating against a Como Park Senior High student because of his national origin.
MINNEAPOLIS—The FBI is investigating what the University of Minnesota calls a sophisticated fraud in its athletics ticketing office. Soon after an internal audit uncovered discrepancies in ticketing transaction records, the university on Feb. 4 fired Brent Holck, its assistant athletic director of sales and services.
ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota has suspended and demoted its top athletics fundraiser accused of sexually harassing a subordinate with hugs and other unwanted touching. Randy Handel, the associate athletic director for development, will lose his supervisory duties and get a new title with fundraising duties and a lower salary, the university said Thursday, May 25, in response to a Pioneer Press records request.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota Board of Regents launched an official inquiry Thursday into the leak of confidential information about an athletics official’s alleged sexual harassment of a fellow employee. KSTP-TV reported regents were notified Wednesday that Randy Handel, the associate athletics director of development, sexually harassed another employee in the athletics department.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is asking state lawmakers for a $5 million contingency fund to help health officials respond to outbreaks of infectious disease. Already this year, state and local officials have spent nearly $3 million responding to measles, tuberculosis and syphilis, Ehlinger said in a prepared statement.
ST. PAUL — Flu season is all but over, but the Minnesota measles outbreak has metro medical centers handing out masks and telling their youngest visitors to stay home. Allina Health, which includes United Hospital in St. Paul, said Monday it is continuing its flu-season visitation restrictions, which bar visitors under age 5 to protect patients and staff. As an added precaution, children under 10 must wear a mask while visiting, and no one under 10 is allowed at Allina's childbirth centers.
ST. PAUL — A Central High School science teacher still battling the school district over injuries he suffered breaking up a lunchroom fight in December 2015 said Thursday that his career is likely over. John Ekblad, who had hoped to return to his job, said he's receiving full Social Security disability payments. "I don't think I'm going back to teaching again," he said outside a federal courtroom in Minneapolis following a motions hearing on his case against former superintendent Valeria Silva and assistant superintendent Theresa Battle.