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Parents United Final Update and Goodbye

This will be our final Update. For fourteen years, it has been a pleasure reporting the happenings in the political arena that impact our public schools. We have learned so very much and hope that we passed those learnings along to you. We look forward to reading the epilogue of our story in the years […]

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Update for May 27, 2016: Unpacking the Bill

At the Capitol The Governor is considering bills that made it to his desk and will make his decision on the Supplemental Budget bill this weekend. There is no reason to believe that this bill will go unsigned, but stranger things have happened! You can track when and if HF2749 is signed on the Governor’s […]

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Special Update for May 23, 2016: The Final Bits and Pieces

At the Capitol This will be short and sweet. Early Sunday morning, the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee completed their work on the K-12 portion of the bill. It passed off both floors later that day and is now on the governor’s desk ready for his signature. You can track how it is fairing at the […]

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Update for May 20, 2016: Down to the Wire

At the Capitol At this time of session, tracking provisions that are actually in the education bill becomes challenging! While waiting for Majority Leader Bakk, Speaker Daudt and Governor Dayton to reach a bargain on money, the supplemental budget conference committee has accepted policy provisions that ostensibly have no fiscal impact. Language in several provisions […]

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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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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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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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April 22, 2016 Update: The Waiting Game

Since the announcement that Parents United will be closing its doors on June 30, 2016, the outpouring of support and gratitude has been a bit overwhelming. We thank you all for your kind words! We are so proud of the work we have been able to do for Minnesota families because of those who supported […]

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Tonight, the Ways and Means Committee will combine education omnibus finance bills

The Minnesota House Senate Ways and Means Committee will convene tonight at 7:30 pm to combine 8 bills into 3 bills…

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Update for April 15, 2016: The Bills Have Landed!

Many of you have already read and responded to our earlier email announcing that Parents United will be closing as of June 30, 2016. We are so proud of the work we have done for Minnesota families, and rather than sadness, we are excited that the legacy of Parents United lives on in the thousands […]

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