Parents United is one of many organizations working to support public education in Minnesota. Becoming familiar with different organizations’ purposes, positions, research and advocacy efforts will help you to build support for public education at the local level.

Parent-Citizen Groups


Arc in Minnesota – Advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Education Equity Organizing Collaborative – Working to further education equity in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota PTA – A powerful voice for all children. A relevant resource for parents. A strong advocate for public education.

Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) – MinnCAN came to Minnesota to do what ConnCAN has done in Connecticut: speak up for the kids who aren’t benefiting from the historic success of our education system.

Minnesota Council on Family Relations – Strengthening families thorough the education and support of family professionals and decision makers (Policy Resources).

Minnesota Parent Leadership Network – A coalition of parent leaders who have children with mental health needs connecting and supporting other parent leaders.

Minnesota Special Education Advisory Councils  – Groups that provide input on special education issues to local school districts.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) – Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families.

  • Minnesota Parent Center (MPC) – A PACER Project for All Parents of All School-Age Children.
  • April 2008 (Updated) – Key Questions for Parent Leaders to Ask – If you are a parent of a child receiving special education services and serve as a representative on your school district’s special education advisory committee, knowing what questions to ask is essential to your effectiveness.

Putting Family First – Raising awareness about the crucial connections between parents and children, and helping families find balance in their lives.

Voices for Racial Justice convenes the Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, which believes that to close gaps and create an education system that works for everyone, we must place equity at the center of its definition of excellence in education.


621 Parents’ Legislative Action Coalition (Mounds View) – Motivated by the need to bring the message of protecting children and improving the quality of education in our state.

Achieve!Minneapolis – Engages individuals, businesses, foundations, parent and community groups with the Minneapolis Public Schools to support student success.

Action For Equity (AFE) – A grassroots social justice campaign for innovations in education and family policy established within Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis, in January 2009.

African American Mobilization for Education – Empowering and mobilizing in the African American community (initially Minneapolis) to create educational policies that are more supportive of African American youth and families, and to return some of the educational decision-making power to where it belongs – in the hands of the African American community. These are our children. We need to have a more powerful voice in their education.

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is a coalition of grassroots organizations that advances racial, economic and environmental justice in growth and development patterns in the Twin Cities region.

Anoka-Hennepin Parents Involved in Education – Working to ensure that all children of color and their parents have the tools necessary to produce a successful student with strong emphasis on academic achievement and closing the achievement gap among our children.

Bloomington PTSA Council – Working together for students and the community (Facebook).

Citizens for Eden Prairie Schools (2007) – A non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer effort to enact legislation which will fully fund educational needs and provide the best educational value for those dollars by allowing freedom from state-wide legislative mandates.

Committee on the Achievement Gap: Minneapolis and Saint Paul – Convening thoughtful citizens and education experts in an effort to close the achievement gap in education.

District 279 Parent Legislative Network (Osseo) – A grassroots group of parents and community members working at the legislative level to advocate for issues that will ensure a high quality public education for the students of our district (Facebook).

Edina Parent Communication Network – Providing education and dialogue opportunities for families and educators of children grades K-12.

Elk River Legislative Action Team (LAT) – Encouraging all adults to advocate on behalf of their child(ren) and all students of this district.

EMID: Save Our Schools – Organizing to keep the two East Metro Integration District schools – Harambee and Crosswinds – open.

Hopkins Legislative Action Coalition – Assisting the Hopkins School Board in advocacy for education–related legislation.

MPS Parents Forum (Yahoo group) – Involving parents in the big questions that confront our schools today.

MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Education Committee – Working to build a powerful community of parents, teachers, students and neighbors who work together to achieve our vision of excellent public schools.

Minnetonka Community Action for Student Education (CASE) – Making a case for Minnetonka Public School funding.

Neighbors United – Mounds View School District Parent Legislative Action Committee.

Orono Action (Facebook) – A School Board committee with parent leadership created to advocate on behalf of students and families served by Orono Public Schools.

Public Education Northeast (PEN) – A collaborative effort between parents, teachers, district staff, and community members sharing energy and ideas that will lead to stronger public schools in Northeast Minneapolis.

Put Kids First Minneapolis – A progressive, independent, grassroots group of parents, students and ordinary citizens working to change the way teachers are hired, assigned and evaluated in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Robbinsdale Legislative Action Coalition – Established by the school board to be an active advocate for public policies that positively impact our school district and the learners, families and communities it serves.

Roseville Legislative Action Committee – Providing information, educating and advising the Roseville Community and School Board concerning legislative issues and matters affecting public education.

Twin Cities African American Leadership Forum – A movement of African American leaders that understands, values, and leverages “the power of the collective” committed to bringing about positive change in the Twin Cities African American community.