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.


Several of state's largest school districts plan to start year in hybrid mode

Districts across Minnesota have begun to announce their reopening plans for the new school year, with many opting for a “hybrid” blend of in-person instruction…


Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan educator picked Minnesota Teacher of Year

Qorsho Hassan, 30, who teaches fourth grade, will represent Minnesota in the national contest.


How COVID-19 case rates will affect each Minn. school district's reopening plan

The state's Safe Learning Plan relies on many variables.


Minnesota schools and parents brace for a scramble to the start

Teachers and districts have less than six weeks to prepare their volatile reopening plans.


Minn. plan to reopen schools needs officials to pivot quickly

Gov. Tim Walz's "Safe Learning Plan" also outlines a need for schools to maintain strict cleaning procedures, make accommodations for physical distancing and enforce near-universal mask wearing.


Minneapolis Public Schools plan remote start to school year

Superintendent Ed Graff said district officials want the school year to begin Sept. 8 with what they're calling "distance learning with supports," a model in which instruction and coursework would happen remotely.


Deadline approaching for families to apply for additional food benefits

Families who apply for the benefit may also qualify for an additional $100 for summer meals.


Private schools see interest spike due to public school uncertainty

Many private schools in Minnesota are already deciding to open in the fall — and parents are taking note.


Hourly school workers in Minnesota say they're suffering without unemployment benefits

Bus drivers, classroom assistants and others say they may seek other jobs amid the uncertainty about the school year.


Hybrid learning raises many questions for Minn. schools, families

As they try to plan ahead for the school year, Minnesota schools and families are struggling with a growing list of questions and few answers.