This three-part Advocacy Boot Camp Series about building relationships to advocate for students provides information on the Minnesota Legislature, school governance and funding, and citizen advocacy. Three of the metro area’s largest school districts are partnering with Parents United to offer this series for parents who wish to effect change. There is no fee to attend.
Summary of Session 1 – Monday, Jan. 13, 2014: What is the relationship between the legislature and my school? New Hope, MN
About 30 participants gathered to learn more about how government and schools are connected and parents can affect change at the legislature. The bottom-line is that education is a constitutional mandate and therefore the funding, evaluation and regulation of schools is subject to congressional laws. Parents can successfully advocate for their schools locally, but they can also affect change at the Capital. Parents United can help. Knowledge + Action = Change.
Summary of Session 2 – Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014: How is my school funded and who is responsible for what? Maple Grove, MN
Participants haled from Maple Grove, Osseo, Hopkins, Isanti and as far as Forest Lake. Mary Cecconi presented on how education funding, driven by state and federal government, has changed for Minnesota tax payers and schools throughout recent decades. What Parents United suggests is that change needs to happen at the Capital if we are going to continue to improve our schools and provide education, as a right, to all of Minnesota’s children.
Summary of Session 3 – Monday, March 10, 2014: Why do we need to be advocates? Hopkins, MN 55305
This is Learning to Advocate 101. Participants from throughout the Metro came to discover why we need to work together as parents, citizens, professionals, and legislators to support public education. The take-home messages were; always consider multiple sides of an issue, build relationships, and influence the influencers!