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Fraying nerves, flaring tempers – Update for March 23

Monday morning, April 16, 2012 10th Annual Parent Leadership Summit “Minnesota by the Numbers – What does it mean for education?” Register now! Thank you to our generous Sponsors! ReMax Results, Labels2Learn, Childcare Works, Cadenza Music, Grandparents for Education At the Capitol – Update for March 19-13 Want a feel for the tenor here at […]

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How does a number get carved in stone? – Update for March 16

Monday morning, April 16, 2012 10th Annual Parent Leadership Summit “Minnesota by the Numbers – What does it mean for education?” Register now! This Week at the Capitol – Update for March 12-16 From Twitter feed: HF1870/SF1690 Last in First out bill conference committee will meet March 19 at noon One component of the teacher […]

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Whack-a-Mo at the Capitol – Update for March 9

Monday morning, April 16, 2012 10th Annual Parent Leadership Summit “Minnesota by the Numbers – What does it mean for education?” Register now!   This Week at the Capitol – Update for March 5-9 It’s Whack-a-Mo! Bills, bills everywhere… …and if there aren’t enough bills to be heard, we’ll hear the same ones again! In […]

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Forecasts, integration aid, vouchers… Update for March 2

This Week at the Capitol – February 27-March 2, 2012 Save the Date! Monday morning, April 16 Parents United’s 10th Annual Parent Leadership Summit Registration available March 7 Budget forecasts On Wednesday the state’s February budget forecast, a $323 million surplus, was announced. The state’s last forecast, in November, showed an $800+ million surplus that […]

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Chasing a Bill – Update for Feb. 24

This Week at the Capitol – February 20-24, 2012 Chasing a bill: Parents made their voices heard This week was spent chasing a bill! Seeing that HF1858 (a bill requiring school district operating referenda to be held only in even-numbered years) was scheduled to be heard Wednesday in K12 Education Finance, parents called and emailed […]

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Action needed today and Wednesday, February 22

Parents United for Public Schools, February 18, 2012 – This bill would permanently harm our schools! (Background information.) HF1858 (Quam-R-Byron) is scheduled to be heard in House Education Finance next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30pm.  This bill proposes to limit school districts’ abilities to hold voter-approved levies only in even numbered years. This limitation would mean that school levies […]

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Fascinating Days at the Capitol – Update for Feb. 17

This Week at the Capitol – February 13-17, 2012 A history lesson with implications for today What a fascinating day at the Capitol! On Wednesday morning, the Senate Tax Committee continued its discussion of education finance and the overall tax structure in the state. I think it is fair to say, from the statements of […]

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A short but jam-packed week – Update for February 10

This Week at the Capitol – February 8-10, 2012 It was announced this week that Minnesota is one of 10 states granted a NCLB waiver. During the fall of 2011, a committee facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Education aided in developing a waiver plan presented to the U.S. Department of Education. The Minnesota plan […]

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And now recess… Update for February 2

  Follow Mary on Twitter during the session! This update comes to you early because while legislators are on recess we will be transferring our website to a new platform. Look for our new and more vibrant website by Monday! This Week at the Capitol – January 30-February 1, 2012 They met for seven days and […]

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And we’re off! Update for January 27

January 27, 2012 This Week at the Capitol – January 24-27, 2012 It’s hard to believe that collaboration can survive when the first day of session brought a deeply partisan shot. On January 24, GOP leadership unveiled their plan to reduce the Senate’s deficit by reducing only DFL staff: They determined no reduction is necessary […]

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