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While We Wait…

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO! IF YOU SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET TARGET, CALL HIM! While we wait to hear about a Special Session, we can still have influence. Share with friends across the state and use social media: the broader the message, the more it is taken seriously! Email your friends, family, neighbors, PTO/A members and […]

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Gov. Dayton to fulfill education spending veto promise, will call for special session

Patrick Condon and Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune, May 20, 2015 WATCH: Video (01:54) : Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he would veto the education bill passed by the Minnesota House and Senate that failed to meet his demands for education funding including early education. Mark Vancleave The education spending fight between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans spilled past the […]

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Dayton’s so-called pout over universal preschool should be called leadership

Wy Spano, MinnPost, May 19, 2015 For Minnesota’s sake, I sure hope Mark Dayton wins this argument. Calling Gov. Mark Dayton’s attempt to introduce the concept of universal preschool into Minnesota a “public pout,” as Doug Grow did in his May 18 MinnPost column (“Why Dayton’s veto threat may pose problems — for Dayton”) is, […]

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Clock runs out on the 2015 Legislature with some funding bills left in limbo 

Lee Ann Schutz, Session Daily, May 19, 2015 After 10 years of budget deficits, a projected nearly $2 billion surplus led to hopes of tax breaks, more money for education and repairs to the state’s roads. But when the House and Senate adjourned late Monday night, some of those priorities were left on the table, […]

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Letter to Governor Mark Dayton from Parents United

    Honorable Mark Dayton 116 Veterans Service Building 20 West 12th St. St. Paul, MN 55155   Dear Governor Dayton: Parents United for Public Schools wishes to thank you for your unflagging dedication to the education of our children. We stand with you and support your efforts to increase the target for education to […]

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Parents, school lobbyists renew push for new education spending 

Christopher Magan, St. Paul Pioneer Press-The Political Animal, May 4, 2015  Parents and school lobbyists joined forces Monday to push lawmakers to rethink how much of the state’s surplus they plan to spend on education and where that new money will go. Organized by Parents United for Public Schools, a group of roughly 100 teachers, […]

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Capitol budget plans will force classroom cuts, school leaders warn

Tim Post, MPR News, May 4, 2015 Mary Cecconi, legislative director at Parents United for Public Schools, called on lawmakers to increase funding for education during a news conference in St. Paul, May 4, 2015.  Minnesota school administrators say they’ll cut teachers and programs over the next two years if lawmakers don’t set aside more […]

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Senate and House testing proposals: Comparison

Senate/House Testing plans March 20, 2015

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Update for February 6, 2015—The Curtain is Rising

This week at the Capitol It’s show time at the Capitol, and everyone’s priorities were revealed this week in response to the Governor’s Education budget. The stage is set for the debate — how best will we use limited additional resources for Minnesota’s children? Myriad opinions are starting to surface in bill form, and the […]

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Update for January 30, 2015—the Game is On

It should not pass us by that the United States achieved a stunning milestone this week. For the first time in US history more than half of our public school students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Translation? They are poor. It is estimated that on any given night in this state, 850 infants and toddlers […]

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