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Targets: Expect more, pay more – Update for March 22, 2013

Isn’t it time we re-considered our theory of expect more, pay less? The last 10 years have brought increased expectations for Minnesota schools – in particular that 100% of our students will graduate from high school ready for college and career – and the mandated testing and services to try to get us there. But […]

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It’s a pretty simple equation – Update for March 15, 2013

Governor’s supplemental budget unveiled Parents United has a tag line – “We carry them, then they carry us. It’s a pretty simple equation.” This references the symbiotic relationship we have with our children. The time has come to consider another pretty simple equation. In a state that has seen budget deficits for nine of the […]

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Bill deadlines fast approaching – Update for March 8, 2013

There have been and will continue to be several late night and additional committee hearings for the next weeks as a flurry of bills are processed. March 15 is fast approaching and it is the first committee deadline – “The first deadline is for committees to act favorably on bills in the house of origin.” […]

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Forecast, Taxes, Inflation and Bullying! Update for March 1, 2013

What’s it like at the Capitol? In last week’s update, we introduced Tom Anderson, a soon-to-be graduate student in education. He is a “partner-in-crime” with Parents United, regularly observing the nexus between legislation and education. I think you will enjoy his insights: The Process of Education Legislation: A Newcomer’s Perspective Over the past few months, […]

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Fewer bills, greater deliberation – Update for Feb. 22, 2013

It appears that committee chairs are hearing fewer bills but taking more time to deliberate issues surrounding those bills. The history and intent of a bill, the research and evidence as to its efficacy, and the trend data of outcomes are being unveiled and debated. Governor’s education budget draws kudos and concerns Multiple committees spent […]

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Sweeping issues, compelling testimony – Update for Feb. 15, 2013

Teacher licensure – MTLE replaces Praxis, but what was the reason? The Praxis, widely used in the nation, is a series of tests that teacher candidates take to assure a state licensing agency that the candidate possesses the basic skills necessary to teach. “All of the content and skills in the three Praxis tests are […]

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Constancy, Reflection and Evaluation – Update for Feb. 8, 2013

“Unfortunately, avoiding financial problems usually makes them worse” When the Governor presented his third State of the State address Wednesday night he listed cuts to K12 funding, firefighters and hospitals, asking, “Are we better off today after all those reductions? I’d say no.” His budget outlines investments in education across the continuum of a child’s […]

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Racial Equity, Funding Equity, Equity of Outcomes – Update for Feb. 1, 2013

Parents United – a busy week in the news! Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit – early childhood discussion MinnPost – Education advocates on proposed education funding Pioneer Press – All-Day-K at the legislature “Can Do” attitude surrounds the Capitol The mood around the Capitol is one of “Can Do!” Many committees are taking the time […]

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Priorities become clear – Update for Jan. 25, 2013

Interested in weighing in on All Day K? » Thursday, January 31, 8:30 AM, Senate E12 Division, Capitol 112 The discussion will be on voluntary All Day Kindergarten (SF2) and an alternative bill, yet unnumbered, that allows for those dollars to be used for Pre-K. If you are interested in testifying, please call me. The Governor’s […]

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A Week Well Spent – Update for January 18

Important Date: January 22 – Release of the Governor’s Budget  A Week of Learning It was a week well spent as members of both House and Senate education finance committees delved deeply into the basics of school funding. After hearing members’ goals for this year, House Education Finance Chair Marquart asked staff to present information […]

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