Reporter | Minneapolis K-12 schools

Mara Klecker covers Minneapolis K-12 schools for the Star Tribune. She previously reported on the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Before coming to the Star Tribune, she was the social services reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.. 

A native South Dakotan and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's journalism college, Klecker has always called the Midwest home. She's worked on journalism projects in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Nepal. In her free time, she can be found reading, hiking or planning her next international trip.


Minneapolis school support staff reach tentative agreement on new contract

The education support professionals' tentative agreement came a day after they filed an intent to strike. That agreement, and another with the district's teachers, still need approval.


Minneapolis teachers union to vote on strike authorization

Members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers will vote Thursday and Friday on whether to walk out if a contract agreement can't be reached.


Amid teacher shortage, Minnesota schools turn to international recruiting

Districts from Fridley to Red Lake to Willmar have hired dozens of educators from other countries, namely the Philippines, to fill open jobs.


Minnesota's graduation rates dipped. Look up how your school performed.

Graduation rates dipped slightly for Black, Asian, Latino students and students learning English. Look up your school's results.


Kathy Cargill finally reveals her plan for Park Point and the reason she's scrapping it

Cargill told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that she's soured on the community.


Minneapolis Public Schools faces a $115 million budget gap. Here's what to know about possible cuts

Reductions are likely coming to programs and staff positions in both schools and the district office, but the final budget won't be decided until June.


How well are Minnesota's teachers paid?

Several teachers unions have negotiated unusually large raises in their new contracts this year, but the state's average teacher pay isn't the highest nationally.


St. Paul teachers ratify contract with school district

The contract, which the union says includes raises and increases in district contributions to health insurance costs, will now go to the school board for a vote.


Minneapolis Public Schools announces some cuts coming to schools next year

The district says its projected budget gap has grown amid ongoing contract negotiations with its teachers union.


Mitchell Hamline School of Law names its next president and dean

Camille Davidson will start in the role on July 1, and brings experience both practicing and teaching law.