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Game-changer – Update for April 4, 2014

This Week at the Capitol For education, the week was reduced to one REALLY BIG DAY: Thursday HF826: After five hours of contentious debate, the Safe and Supportive Schools Act passed off the Senate floor on a vote of 36-31. The House passed their version a year ago. After all the changes and amendments, it […]

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High Noon – Update for March 28, 2014

Join us for Parents United’s 12th annual Parent Leadership Summit! Monday, April 28, 2014 – 9 am-12:30 pm From the Capitol to the Classroom: A 10-year Retrospective[sws_divider_basic] Now that we know how much the Governor, the House and the Senate choose to target toward education AND what they are choosing to spend it on, it […]

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Omnibus bills are here! Update for March 21, 2014

This Week at the Capitol We are already in the omnibus phase of the session! This week was spent crafting education policy omnibus bills created from bills heard throughout the session. An entire bill can make it into the omnibus or only certain provisions of that bill. The bills rolled into an omnibus are to deal […]

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Watching something big – Update for March 14, 2014

Two words describe this week at the Capitol: LOUD and ANXIOUS. The halls were overflowing with constituents, visitors, lobbyists and advocates all wanting to hear or be heard. And anxiety has been palpable because everyone is waiting for the House to announce targets*. While this isn’t a funding year, there are certainly unmet needs for […]

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Strap on that seat belt! Update for March 7, 2014

Best quote of the week – Chair Marquart, at the end of a hearing: “Now I can unfasten my seat belt!” As expected, bills are moving quickly. At this point committees are “hearing” bills (members’ proposals and requests). Being an “Un-session” (more on that below) and a time to deal with infrastructure issues, most bills deal […]

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They’re back – and so are we! Update for Feb. 28, 2014

Stay Connected! To know what’s being talked about over the coming months, make sure you have subscribed to our weekly updates. If you’d like to link to the action from past sessions, you can easily find 2013 updates and updates from all the past years we’ve been around! This Week at the Capitol The February […]

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Our crystal ball – Update for Feb. 21, 2014

If you want to keep up with happenings at the Capitol during the legislative session that starts on Tuesday, make sure to bookmark our site! Some folks, believe it or not, have asked me to link them to the action from last session: you can easily find our legislative updates from 2013 – as well […]

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Too cold for school! Update for Jan. 3, 2014

January 2014 Update Happy New Year! The stockings are empty, the cookies have been eaten and now all that’s left is packing the holiday away until next year. If you’re like me, that won’t happen for a while! And just in case you haven’t heard, school on Monday has been cancelled statewide in Minnesota. A […]

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