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.


Teachers union leader announces her campaign for Minneapolis school board seat

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Minneapolis teachers union rallies at district headquarters

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She started her job as the Minneapolis Public Schools leader on Monday and said she's not planning a bunch of midyear changes.


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The students have buoyed enrollment numbers in some districts and heightened demand for more bilingual teachers and support services.


Lisa Sayles-Adams begins as Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent

Monday marks her first day on the job and the first time the district has had a permanent leader since 2022.


Minneapolis schools added more librarians. Now books are flying off the shelves.

This year, the district fulfilled its promise to staff at least a half-time librarian at each school.


Mpls. middle school principal removed after parents call for change

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More school districts are in mediation with their teachers unions. Does that mean strikes are ahead?

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