FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statewide Public Education Advocacy Organization Ends Operations

Contact: Eric Celeste, President, Board of Directors, efc@clst.org 651-323-2009
Laura Kelly Lovdahl, Executive Director laura@parentsunited.org
Mary Cecconi, Policy Director mary@parentsunited.org
Parents United for Public Schools 1667 Snelling Avenue N Saint Paul, MN 55108
651-999-7391 (main)

St. Paul, MN, April 15, 2016 – Parents United for Public Schools today announced that this non-profit public education advocacy group will discontinue operations effective June 30, 2016.

Parents United was created in 2002 in response to education funding becoming a highly contentious, politicized issue that pitted urban, suburban and rural schools against one another. “We’ve accomplished much over the past 14 years, and the work isn’t finished,” stated Laura Kelly Lovdahl, Parents United’s executive director. “However, Parents United has faced difficult financial changes and challenges over the past few years. As we grew and more was asked of us, we struggled to increase and diversify our donor base to support this work in a sustainable way.”

Over the years:

  • Parents United has grown a statewide group of concerned people knowledgeable about education policy and funding. With reach into every legislative district in the state, the rise of culturally specific groups joining in this important work, and former members now serving as school board members and legislators across Minnesota, Parents United has impacted residents’ understanding of the role of government in the classroom.
  • Parents United has held legislators accountable. Parents United has played a notable role in the decades-long battle to increase funding to schools and focused attention on policies that serve our schools and our students. The organization became a voice of reason to which many legislators turned regarding education policy and funding.
  • Parents United has significantly improved the environment to better allow public schools to flourish. When Parents United was founded, the public belief was that schools were bloated and had more than sufficient funds. Minnesota has now elected legislators from both sides of the aisle who publicly admit Minnesota has underfunded schools for decades. That trend is changing.

At their annual Legislative Wrap-up scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 – 12 noon at the Roseville Library Community Room, the work of Parents United will be recognized. More information about this event will be shared at www.parentsunited.org.