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St. Paul teachers threaten strike over school violence


To the president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers — and the union’s 3,800 members — the issue of school safety is important enough to call a strike.

“Ask yourself this,” said Denise Rodriguez, who has led the union for the past year and a half. “Do students and staff deserve to come to work every day and not expect to be assaulted? … Teachers want to know who has our back with this violence.”

The assault last week of a beloved teacher at St. Paul Central has shocked parents, galvanized the union, rattled administrators and is raising troubling questions about student discipline and safety in the St. Paul Public Schools — questions that have plagued the district for the past couple of years.


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