GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Park High teachers meet with district about cancer concerns
A group of current and former teachers at Park High School met privately with the South Washington County Schools superintendent and public health officials on Thursday to discuss their cancer concerns in the building, even though the district and state health department claim there's no evidence of any cancer cluster. Former staffers said that the district has been receptive to their concerns since they first emerged last fall. A separate group of teachers plan to file worker's compensation claims with the district, but have not done so yet. Lists compiled by current and former teachers and obtained by KARE 11 show at least 35 current and former Park High teachers and staff members have been diagnosed with cancer since the 1990s, including eight in the last ten years. Of that group, only one was younger than 50 when diagnosed.
Late Thursday night, members of the Saint Paul Federal of Educators voted to authorize a strike against Saint Paul Public Schools. The district has more than 37,000 students. The SPFE says of those who voted, 82% voted 'yes' to strike. An actual strike date will be announced next week. Under Minnesota law, the union must give the district at least 10 days advance notice of a strike. SPFE has been in contract negotiations with the school district since May 2019. The union says it offered 31 proposals in nine public sessions. SPFE says it filed for mediation in November because the district didn't offer counters to those proposals.
A school superintendent in western Wisconsin was arrested Thursday on federal charges of sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography. A federal grand jury indicted Altoona school Superintendent Daniel Peggs last week, and the indictment was unsealed after Peggs' arrest, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Scott Blader, and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Thursday. Peggs, 32, was arrested around 7 a.m. Thursday on his way to school, Altoona school board President Robin Elvig told the Leader-Telegram. The Altoona school board chose Peggs as its new superintendent in February 2019 and he began serving in that position in July. Before that, he had been Altoona's middle school principal since 2016. The indictment alleges that between October 2015 through May 2016, Peggs recruited an underage female for a commercial sex act and used an iPhone to produce a video of child pornography in December 2015.