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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.

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.

Linda Back McKay, Twin Cities writing teacher and author, dies at 72

She parlayed her volunteer work into a series of advertising jobs, the creation of her own copywriting business, and a long career as a writer and teacher at the Loft Literary Center.

Minnesota's school nurses now are facing a growing workload

The job has evolved beyond scrapes and nosebleeds into managing the care of more students with complex needs.

10 Minnesota schools win federal 'Blue Ribbon' recognition

The Minnesota public and private schools were recognized for performance on statewide exams, and progress in closing achievement gaps.

'Get the job done': Minnesota students call for climate action

Several thousand young people emptied local classrooms on Friday as part of a coordinated global movement seeking greater government action on climate change.

More Minnesota students opt out of state tests, create a dilemma

Around the state, the rate of students choosing to bypass the state's largest standardized exams has risen steadily for more than a decade.

Parent sues Edina schools over strip-search of second-grader

An Edina schools spokesperson said the district "vehemently denies the allegations in this lawsuit and will defend itself from these inaccurate and misleading claims."