Reporter | Education

Erin Golden is the statewide education reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously spent two years covering Minnesota politics and government and another two years covering Minneapolis City Hall. 

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


Minn. schools embrace iPads, laptops — and hope they're readying students for future

Minnesota districts have invested millions to put tablets, laptops in the hands of every student, but there is debate on the effect on academic success.


Voters in White Bear Lake, Worthington approve school construction projects

More than 30 asked voters to approve bond measures and take on debt for major construction projects, while more than 40 sought voter approval to renew or increase their local operating levies.


Osseo Hmong-language teacher wins top honor from language teachers' group

Osseo Area Schools' Pang Yang started Hmong language class.


Minnesota ACT scores still tops in states where most take it

Scores in 2019 mirrored last year's as readiness for college held steady.


Edina school becomes model for how peer groups can help special education students

A program pairing middle school students with their peers in special education is attracting wide notice for how it's changing school culture.


Off-year election has big stakes for schools across Minnesota

More than 30 districts are looking for voter approval to take on debt for major building and remodeling projects. A bond referendum in White Bear Lake would be the state's largest ever at $326 million.


Smoking, drinking down among Minn. students as vaping and mental health struggles surge

A new survey of Minnesota students reveals that while some risky behaviors have dropped, other problems are growing.


Schools taking two-day MEA break, despite shortened conference

One official said he's seen some interest from school districts in changing the four-day-weekend tradition, but not much action to make it happen.


As test scores drop, Minnesota educators seek a 'new conversation' about math

Many education leaders say the sobering statistics don't tell the full story of Minnesota students' performance.


Anoka-Hennepin schools leader picked as Minnesota's Superintendent of the Year

Superintendent David Law is now in the running for national honors.