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May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011 End of 87th Legislative Regular Session As called for in the Minnesota Constitution, the legislative session ended at midnight May 23, 2011. And the E12 Finance Omnibus bill (HF934) was vetoed on May 24. Special session is assured; the only question is when. With the Regular session over, now we wait. When […]

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May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011 “Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.   Who pays? While we know that the collapse of our housing and banking system has resulted in our current economic situation, do we know who was responsible for that collapse? Phil Angelides, Chairman […]

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May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011   Wednesday, May 18: Five days left in the legislative session. At about 5 am today, the House passed the E12 Omnibus Conference Committee report on a 70-55 vote. Conference committee reports cannot be amended on the floor, so all the provisions approved last week (summarized in Friday’s update) are still in it. The Senate can […]

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May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011 Craig Roen, president of Parents United for Public Schools, addresses 200 parents  filling the Governor’s meeting room to demonstrate concerns about the E-12 Omnibus Bill. “Our Lives Begin To End the Moment We Become Silent about Things That Matter” MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. 200 parents came to the Capitol with 24-hour notice […]

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Policy Briefing on Teacher Effectiveness, THURSDAY, May 5, 2011

Policy Briefing on Teacher Effectiveness, THURSDAY, May 5, 2011, 1:00-2:30 PM HIGHLIGHTS: This is a powerful presentation! A recent policy briefing hosted by MinnCAN provided lucky attendees a rare opportunity to hear some amazing insights around the issue of teacher evaluation! I hope to capture some of the main ideas for this most important of […]

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011 This Week @ the Capitol – May 2-6, 2011 It is interesting that there is little being said in public about the elephant in the room: There is still IMMENSE disagreement about whether the majority’s bills balance the budget or leave a $1.2 billion gap. This absolutely must be decided or negotiated […]

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April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011 National Teacher Day is May 3! Take a minute to jot a note to a teacher in your life – your child’s teacher, a neighbor who’s a teacher or one of your former teachers! Remember the bumper sticker, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? Let’s add our support to those […]

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April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011 We want to publish you! We are seeing parents responding to the direction school funding legislation is taking in this year’s session. Several Legislative Action Committees are pulling together letter writing campaigns; some folks are writing the Governor, some are emailing their legislators, and others are writing letters to the editor. We […]

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April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011 Now is the time! To follow Mary’s Tweets! Important DateMay 23, 2011—Legislature is to adjourn.   April 15 – Tax Day. While we often hear about the “burden of taxes,” it may be interesting to consider the benefit of pooling money to spend on what we wish to support. Schools? Roads? Services […]

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April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011 This Week @ the Capitol – April 4-8, 2011 Floor sessions dominated this week. Each body spent long, arduous hours putting the finishing touches to their respective spending bills. If you are interested in parliamentary procedure, there is a lot to be learned watching these floor sessions! But don’t they compromise? In […]

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