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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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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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A Parents United Press Release

It is with great pride for what we have accomplished that we announce, after 14 years, Parents United for Public Schools will be closing our doors and leaving a legacy of parent activism in your hands. Read more…  

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Kickoff 2016 widgit

Kickoff events are free and open views of education policy issues likely to arise in the 2016 Legislative Session. This year, Parents United is offering two locations: St. Paul and St. http://www.parentsunited.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=24624&action=trash&_wpnonce=1f0b48b6c4Cloud. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the political landscape of Minnesota’s education policy making. We will translate the process, foreshadow trends and make […]

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poem by a young activist

We the people as youth of color fighting for racial equity By, Amir Khadar   There is the adults table And the kids table We sit quietly waiting eons to sit at the adults table And break bread with elder hands Listen to them Drop wise cracks of wisdom And hear of the Regimes we […]

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Legislative Advice from Teachers of the Year

A January 26 Senate Education Hearing brought insights and recommendations from an interesting group—all former Minnesota Teachers of the Year; all imploring the elected officials to do better by Minnesota’s students. Amy Hewett-Olatundé teaches English language learners in the St. Paul Schools, as well as pre-service teachers at Hamline University and the University of St. […]

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Legislative Action Committees

Legislative Action Committees or Coalitions (LAC’s) are community-based groups established by parents and residents or sometimes local school boards. Members are active advocates for public policies that positively impact schools and students. They provide information, educate and advise their local school boards, community members and Legislators. They are grassroots and they are influential. If you […]

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Update for August 21, 2015: Back to school 

Save the Date! Parent Leadership Summit Oct 2, 2015 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 1640 Larpenteur Avenue West St Paul, MN 55108 Please register here! Welcome Back! How many times in the next few weeks will you be hearing that? The summer weather has been glorious and it is so hard to believe these long, languid days […]

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Minneapolis schools superintendent resigns

Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal, December 16, 2014 Bernadeia Johnson had led the district since 2010 Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has submitted her resignation. The announcement that Johnson would step Jan. 31 down after four-and-a-half years came Tuesday evening at a School Board retreat. She was not present at the meeting. Johnson’s second-in-command, district […]

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