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2016 Teacher of the Year

Candidates for Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent position have been interviewed by media, parents and the school board this week. On May 24, 2016, the school board plans to vote between Ed Graff or Brenda Cassellius. Graff’s message is that he will bring a paradigm shift to the district. Cassellius’s message is that she knows the district, the […]

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Update for Friday, May 13:  Wish We Could Tell You More

Join Us On Saturday, June 4, please join us for our End of Session Wrap-Up where Parents United hosted our first meetings ever—The Roseville Public Library community room. The meeting runs from 10:30-noon, and you can be sure we will have coffee, cake and a very enriching discussion. This will be our final Parents United […]

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House and Senate budgets for education and the bigger picture

Minnesota Budget Bites clearly and accurately details the differences between Senate and House proposals for the Supplemental Budget. They also put this into the context of other budgeting that needs to happen before the end of the 2015-2016 session on May 23.  

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Minnesota lawmakers in discord over bonding and spending

Kyle Potter, Associated Press, suggests gaps between proposals in the Minnesota House and Senate reflect a large bipartisan divide. By May 23, in order to pass bonding measures or spend a dime of the surplus, legislators will have to compromise on taxes and transportation, bonding, education, drug sentencing and real IDs. According to the Star Tribune, it’s not […]

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Update for May 6, 2016: Game On!

At this time in session it’s all about waiting — waiting for conferees to be appointed, waiting for conference committees to be called, and especially waiting for a global agreement so conference committees can actually complete their work! But the game is now on–conferees have been appointed and will meet for the Supplemental Budget Bill […]

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Minnesota’s business property taxes are not as high as they seem

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently published findings that Minnesota’s business property taxes rank among the nation’s highest. However, Jeff Van Wychen of the North Star Policy Institute responded with a summary that clearly demonstrates weaknesses in their report involving geography and exemptions.

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The Minnesota Student Survey: will it make it out of the education omnibus bill alive?

The Minnesota House newsletter, Session Daily, has reported on the debate around the Minnesota Student Survey. This is a perennial discord. Preventive health and well being services for youth count on this data to ensure the provision of adequate care. Some parents are chagrined that their students are asked personal questions in school. The bill […]

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Despite what may look like increases, school aid has slumped

Despite Recent Increases, School Aid Remains Well Below FY 2003 Level

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What does Minnesota need to fund besides education this year?

As we think about what is and is not included in omnibus bills for education this session, it is important to consider what else the state needs to fund. The Star Tribune writes about tensions rising among lawmakers as the session’s end draws closer.

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Update for April 29: The Pressure Mounts

At the Capitol The pressure is mounting! This overview of the political priorities and tensions between the Governor, the House and the Senate this week will help you understand the bigger picture. We often are asked, “Why not a bigger target of this year’s surplus for education?” This may help you understand why. Governor Dayton sent […]

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