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.


Lakeville schools' ban on Black Lives Matter signs prompts debate

District cites policy against staff political advocacy.


Minnesota schools seize momentum to tackle racism, achievement gaps

Minnesota schools, reopening amid a pandemic and a national reckoning over systemic racism, are sharpening their focus on the state’s decadeslong problems with achievement gaps…


Eight Minnesota schools get 'Blue Ribbon' recognition

The schools were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for progress in narrowing achievement gaps.


School music programs play on, despite the pandemic

From specialized masks to band practice in the gym, music programs adapt


As outbreaks emerge, school leaders put contingency plans to test

No sooner had classes begun when many shifted gears.


Minnesota students return to online, in-person classes reshaped by COVID-19

The state's traditional post-Labor Day start to the school year is anything but typical, with various distance strategies at work.


Return to school comes with mix of excitement, anxiety across Minnesota

Students, teachers and families across state face academic experience like never before.


School leaders monitor COVID case counts as classes begin

While many of the state's largest districts are starting their year with remote instruction, others are combining online classes with shortened weeks at school — or fully reopening.


Industrious Minnesota students create virtual tutoring services to give back in the pandemic

Powered by volunteer teen tutors, student-created organizations are connecting struggling learners in Minnesota and around the world.


Many Minnesota districts are pushing back the first day of school

Some won't start just after Labor Day, citing the need for more time to get ready.