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The Global Search for Education: How to Improve – From Australia

C.M. Rubin, CM Rubin World, February 8, 2015      “Highly effective schools in Australia are not different from highly effective schools anywhere. They have a strong focus on continual improvement, often with explicit school-wide goals for improving current school practices and levels of student achievement.” — Geoff Masters      In his paper, “Is […]

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Legislative Kick-off! And much more.

Parents United Annual Legislative Kick-off Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9 – 11 am TIES Main (East) Building, 3rd Floor Cafeteria 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St Paul, MN 55108 Coffee, rolls and conversation! The Kick-off is free, but please RSVP This event will be live-streamed.  Legislation Matters As we deal with weather and holiday preparations, let’s […]

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Update for October 30, 2014 – Great schools begin at the ballot box

Update for October 30, 2014 – Great schools begin at the ballot box If this is the first Parents United Update you have received, “Welcome”! We are an organization of parents for parents, have been around for 12 years, and our agenda is simple: we don’t speak for parents but work to provide credible, timely […]

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Back to School! Update for September 2014

With the State Fair in full swing, we are reminded that school buses are right around the corner – or are already making their rounds! Some of us can’t wait and others are sad to see long summer days come to an end. Some of us will be putting little ones on buses for the […]

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It’s a Wrap! End of Session Update – May 23, 2014

At the Capitol The legislative session began with breathtaking speed. Bills were completed in record time. Several interesting provisions in the E12 Policy bill HF2397, including game-changing English Language Learning legislation, were signed into law on 5/16/14; education funding provisions in HF3172 were signed by Governor Dayton on May 20. For those of you who […]

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Just hours to the finish line – Update for May 16, 2014

This Week at the Capitol This will be the last weekend of the legislative session. Next week Parents United will provide a wrap-up of what actually happened throughout the session and how that might impact your schools in the coming year. But for now, we’d like to say… we have new policy and a bit […]

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Tick, tock around the clock… – Update for May 9, 2014

…one week to go! This Week at the Capitol If you’ve ever been in a beekeeper’s yard, you have a sense of what it sounds like standing in the Capitol rotunda. For some reason the murmurings in that vaulted space blend into a melodious cacophony of sound that reminds me of a beehive. At this […]

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We have a policy bill! Update for May 2, 2014

Special Education Workshop for Parents A terrific event for Minneapolis parents whose children have special needs! Saturday, May 10, 10 am-2 pm, at South High School Presented in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali This Week at the Capitol Thursday was a big day! That evening, the HF2397 [pdf] Omnibus Education Policy bill conference committee finished […]

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On hold…for global agreement – Update for April 25, 2014

Important Events Next Week Monday morning, April 28, 9 am – 12th Annual Parent Leadership Summit From the Capitol to the Classroom: A 10-year Retrospective Wednesday, April 30, 7 pm – Governor Dayton’s State of the State address Special Education Workshop for Parents On Saturday, May 10, there is a terrific event [pdf] for Minneapolis […]

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Calling all political junkies – Update for April 11, 2014

We know you read our updates. We know you keep current on what’s happening and its impact on schools. But have you considered how much has changed for our students over the last decade? And the even greater changes on the horizon? Giant shifts in testing, curriculum, teacher preparation, licensure and evaluation, early learning, literacy […]

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