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Update for March 13, 2015: Halfway There….

Quote of the Week: “Can’t we figure out the problem before we start legislating solutions to it? What’s real? What’s fabricated?” -Rep. Ryan Winkler  Advocacy in action! On Monday, several parents and community members representing the school communities of Hopkins, Orono, Osseo, Robbinsdale and Wayzata met at the TIES building to hear an update on […]

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Update for March 6, 2015: Floodgates

Bills are flowing in, fast and furious, before deadlines hit. Committees will hear their last bills in the coming weeks. This makes it especially interesting to witness what is being heard and what will never get a hearing, as this is entirely up to the committee chairs. In both the Senate and the House, the bills that garnered […]

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Update for February 27, 2015—Headlights and Blindspots  

 On this week’s drive in Minnesota, certain things continue to appear in the headlights. Post-secondary options for high school students, technical opportunities, early learning, and money on the per pupil formula are among the issues we see in the road. In the rearview mirror, the data show that children in Minnesota are doing better than […]

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Update for February 20, 2015—A Wintry Mix

This week at the Capitol Much like Minnesota weather–a little bit of this and a little bit of that! The Capitol was busy this week with a flurry of bills making the rounds. It is usual for most bills heard at this time to be “held over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.” Each […]

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Update for February 13, 2015—The Heart of the Matter

This week at the Capitol Days before Valentine’s Day, when representatives shared chocolates and cupcakes with fellow committee members, they also shared disagreements and challenged one another’s thinking. Witnessing this passionate exchange reminded us of Dr. Martin Luther King’s timeless question, “What is in your heart today?” Clearly, lawmakers have this in mind when they […]

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Update for February 6, 2015—The Curtain is Rising

This week at the Capitol It’s show time at the Capitol, and everyone’s priorities were revealed this week in response to the Governor’s Education budget. The stage is set for the debate — how best will we use limited additional resources for Minnesota’s children? Myriad opinions are starting to surface in bill form, and the […]

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Update for January 30, 2015—the Game is On

It should not pass us by that the United States achieved a stunning milestone this week. For the first time in US history more than half of our public school students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Translation? They are poor. It is estimated that on any given night in this state, 850 infants and toddlers […]

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Update—for January 23, 2015: Slow and Steady

These early weeks continue to be filled with task force reports and presentations from the Minnesota Department of Education and other state agencies dealing with education related issues. It is a way to ease into the session. Legislators get to know each other and hopefully develop a common knowledge base. This week at the Capitol […]

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Update—for January 16, 2015 Back to School for Lawmakers!

It was “back to school” for legislators. Legislators were given the rules from their chairs and non-partisan staff presented background on areas of relevance. Casual observers may be surprised by the how much new legislators have to learn when they begin to serve on their committees. But remember — we elect our neighbors to represent […]

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Update for January 9, 2015: They’re Out of the Gate!

Stay Connected! The Minnesota Legislature is officially in session, and we will be there for the next five months so you know what’s being proposed for our schools. Take time to subscribe to our weekly updates. If you’d like to link to past sessions, you can easily find 2014 updates and updates from all the […]

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