Reporter | St. Paul education

Anthony Lonetree has been covering St. Paul Public Schools and general K-12 issues for the Star Tribune since 2012-13. He began work in the paper's St. Paul bureau in 1987 and was the City Hall reporter for five years before moving to various education, public safety and suburban beats.

A lifelong music fan, Lonetree wrote the first Replacements stories to be published in a daily newspaper (St. Paul Dispatch) and now makes in-store mixes for a Northeast Minneapolis vintage clothing store -- with top sound sources. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, son and two dogs. He also has four daughters from an action-packed early life on St. Paul's East Side. He's a Ho-Chunk tribal member.


A St. Paul program helped at-risk kids experience college. Now it's leaving campus.

Gateway to College is set to move to former East Side elementary school building after St. Paul College decided to no longer host the program it helped launch in 2015-16.


Classroom cellphone rules and a ban on book bans: What school bills passed in Minnesota

Extra funding was in short supply in 2024, but the Legislature approved some new policies, gave financial help to future teachers and offered districts some relief from literacy program training deadlines.


State offers help to students struggling with FAFSA forms

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education will provide $15,000 grants to two advocacy groups to assist students after glitches marred the rollout of a new federal financial aid form.


A St. Paul school was in trouble, but its principal turned it around by listening to parents

Principal Fatima Lawson recently won an award for her work at Highwood Hills Elementary, which adopted a polytechnic approach at the urging of Somali, Karen and Hispanic families.


Minneapolis teachers voting on bigger raises, lower special-ed workloads in contract

The two-year deal would provide 4% and 5% salary increases over two years; school support staff members also are voting on a pact of their own.


Showdown over DEI issues won't lead to Anoka-Hennepin shutdown, superintendent says

One member of a conservative bloc that objected to DEI policies now says he will approve a budget in June. But the district still has to work through several diversity concerns.


Showdown over DEI programs threatens Anoka-Hennepin schools budget

Conservative board members say they will veto the budget unless the district drops several DEI measures, spurring protests.


Minnesota lawmakers look to curtail student cellphone use in school

Legislators hope to give cover to districts that seek greater restrictions on smartphone use in schools, especially among teens who struggle to put the devices down.


St. Paul schools superintendent's tenure ends after challenges and national accolades

Joe Gothard, who is leaving for Madison, Wis., has led Minnesota's second largest district through restructuring and the pandemic. His successor faces ongoing budget and academic issues.


Finalists named for 2024 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

The annual honor given by the teachers union will be presented during a banquet on May 5 in St. Paul.