Erin Golden | Star Tribune
Reporter | Politics and government reporter

Before joining the Star Tribune, Golden covered business, city government, public safety and other topics at newspapers in Nebraska and Oregon.


Minnesota's ACT scores remain steady, among best in the U.S.

Minnesota's average declined slightly but not enough to alter its best-of-the-nation standing.


Rosemount educator resigns after 'kill Kavanaugh' tweet

The staff member's resignation followed a school investigation.


Annual Minnesota conference for teachers will be shorter, only open to union members

Students will still get two days off in many districts.


Retiring Principal Mary Mackbee leads St. Paul's Central High through one more year

Principal of the St. Paul high school will step aside after 25 years.


Eight Minnesota schools receive federal 'Blue Ribbon' recognition

They are among 349 U.S. public, private and charter schools recognized because of their academic performance or their work in closing achievement gaps.


State picks 123 schools for safety funding

Schools will use the money to upgrade entrances, improve other safety features.


Court ruling prompts battle over membership in Minnesota teachers union

The leaders of Education Minnesota — one of the state's most powerful political forces — have been pushing hard to keep its numbers up while outside forces have seized on the moment.


Budget gaps are challenging school districts in Minnesota

Around the state, dozens of districts are beginning a new school year amid some of the toughest financial circumstances they've faced in recent years.


Around the Twin Cities, high-poverty schools are beating the odds

The Star Tribune identified 44 high-poverty public schools in the Twin Cities that were "beating the odds" in an annual analysis of statewide test scores.


Minnesota schools battle 'epidemic' of teen vaping

FDA cracks down on e-cigarette makers as use among minors surges.