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Pronto Pups and backpacks – Update for Aug. 29, 2013

Back to School update The State Fair may be in full swing but shorter days, earlier mornings, backpacks and lunches to pack – all tell us it is back to school time! As in years past, throughout this school year Parents United will bring you information about changes you can expect to see in your […]

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Now, it’s quiet – Update for May 31, 2013

Now, it’s quiet… The lights are low and the silence is deafening. The 2013 session is over and is one that many are calling “the education session.” There is good reason for that. The Governor and legislature made a substantial investment in early education, a modest increase in the per pupil formula, created an aligned […]

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The bill has landed – Update for May 21, 2013

In 10 years of doing this work, I have yet to see a more complicated education bill. It is complicated because it is so comprehensive. In addition to significant investment in our schools, the bill takes on some of the knottiest issues that have been plaguing us for years: integration policy and aid, assessments, alignment […]

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Long weekend ahead – Update for May 17, 2013

Quick links at the website – Our “Daily News Picks” • Current legislative session • Events Not quite finished – long weekend ahead  Rumor has it that we may have an E12 bill by 8 pm today. However, in keeping with our long standing tradition of sending a legislative update out on Friday, this is it! There are […]

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Betwixt and between – Update for May 10, 2013

VERY EXCITING – this just in! The E12 Conference committee has scheduled a hearing on Monday, May 13, at 9 AM in Room 10 at the State Office Building. They are slated to review the Omnibus provisions on teacher evaluation and assessments. If you are interested in this process, this would be a great hearing […]

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First comes revenue, then comes spending – Update for May 3, 2013

This week both the House and Senate completed work on their respective omnibus tax bills. They differ in the amount of revenue raised as well as the mechanisms for raising the revenue. A global bargain between the Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the House and Governor needs to be negotiated before the finance work of […]

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Keep ’em coming – Update for April 26, 2013

Mark your calendar Meetings with Mark: Governor Dayton will be in Shakopee on April 29 Parent’s United’s Annual Parent Leadership Summit – Thursday morning, May 23 Keep those letters and calls coming! This week, House and Senate E-12 Omnibus bills passed off their respective floors, with little alteration. Although many floor amendments were attempted, few prevailed […]

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It all comes down to this – Update for April 19, 2013

Mark your calendar Meetings with Mark: Governor Dayton will be in Albert Lea on April 22 and Shakopee on April 29 Parent’s United’s Annual Parent Leadership Summit – Thursday morning, May 23 It’s action time The next four weeks make the difference between a proposal and law. If you have been reading these updates, trying to keep apprised of proposed legislation that […]

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1 + 1 = 2 – Update for April 12, 2013

Mark Your Calendar Meetings with Mark: Governor Dayton will be in Virginia on April 16 Minnesota PTA Convention: April 27 – MNPTA’s 90th Annual Leadership Training and Convention. All welcome! Parent’s United’s Annual Parent Leadership Summit – Thursday morning, May 23 Simple math tells us that 1+1= 2 If you like the increase in school funding […]

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Six weeks to go – Update for April 5, 2013

On the calendar in April Vote for a Minnesota teacher: We hear a lot about “innovation in the classroom,” but Edison High School teacher Chris Pennington is doing it in spades. He is one of two finalists in the National Great American Teach Off and stands to win $10,000 for his program. Have a little […]

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