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Legislative Kickoff – St. Cloud

Please attend Parents United’s annual free and open view of education policy issues that may arise during the 2016 Legislative Session. The Kickoff is a way for every member of the public to better understand the political landscape of Minnesota’s education policy making. We translate the process, foreshadow trends, and make the arena of law-making accessible to all.

Please enter Apollo High School at door 2.

For the first time, there will be Legislative Kickoffs taking place in two locations: St. Paul on March 5 and St. Cloud on March 12.

Please register this free event so that we know how much coffee to make.

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Legislative Kickoff – St. Paul

Please attend Parents United’s annual free and open view of education policy issues that may arise during the 2016 Legislative Session. The Kickoff is a way for every member of the public to better understand the political landscape of Minnesota’s education policy making. We translate the process, foreshadow trends, and make the arena of law-making accessible to all.

For the first time, there will be Legislative Kickoffs taking place in two locations: St. Paul on March 5 and St. Cloud on March 12.

Please register this free event so that we know how much coffee to make.

Register Now

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Gov. Dayton’s education policy bill calls for fewer tests

MSBA, At the Capitol, March 12, 2015 This week both the Senate Education Committee and the House Education Innovation Policy Committee reviewed Gov. Mark Dayton’s education policy proposal (SF 1495 | HF 1591). The bill’s testing-reduction provisions garnered the most attention. The bill would overall eliminate seven out of the 21 tests that students are required to take from grades 3 to 12. The proposal would eliminate: […]

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GOP senators propose dismantling Minneapolis school district

Alejandra Matos, Star Tribune–Class Act, March 5, 2015 Schools and create six smaller school districts in an attempt to close one of the state’s largest achievement gaps. Minnesota Senate Republicans want to dismantle Minneapolis Public Schools and create six smaller school districts in an attempt to close one of the state’s largest achievement gaps. Fueled by comments from […]

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Minnesota lawmakers aim to revamp seniority rules on teacher layoffs

Ricardo Lopez, Star Tribune, Updated: February 21, 2015 Editorial remarks: We do not believe this statement is accurate: “Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 2,200 Minnesota teachers were laid off under the so-called “last in, first out” provision in state law, according to a recent analysis by the Minnesota Department of Education.” This number includes probationary teachers who, by statute, are […]

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Lack of school counselors give state a low rating

Julia Van Susteren, Hibbing Daily Tribune, February 10, 2015 ST. PAUL — While Minnesota regularly ranks high on national standards of health and happiness, the state ranks low in a critical area of its education. On average, there is only one school counselor per 792 students, a ratio which puts Minnesota at 48th in the […]

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ASCD’s EdCamp

Attend Minnesota ASCD’s first ever EdCamp – this event will be specifically focused on education policy.

What is an EdCamp?  EdCamp is a participant-guided conference, with no keynotes or vendors.  The agenda for the day is developed at the beginning of the event, by the participants attending, based on their interests and priorities.

Why a policy EdCamp? This is a critical year for education policy development in our state (testing, due process, teacher development and evaluation, LEAP legislation, achievement gap and disproportional suspension concerns, funding, etc.). We have scheduled this EdCamp to coincide with the legislative session.

Who will be attending?  All education stakeholders are invited to attend – this is a public event. Parents, educators, administrators, community members, and legislators are welcome.

REGISTER HERE – space is limited, so register today…

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LIFO isn’t the culprit in poor student achievement

Lee Carlson, MinnPost, January 26, 2015 The only way I stay in the system is to do my job. Tenure does not create a permanent barrier around a veteran teacher. I began teaching in 1988. Over the next decade my career changes were connected to RIF. RIF means Reduction in Force and it is what […]

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Advocates make pitch for increased early ed funding 

Hank Long, Session Daily, January 22, 2015 A coalition of early education advocates are convinced they have found the most effective way to close the achievement gap. It starts early, they say. And it takes support from a variety of community resources and state funding to ensure that all children are kindergarten ready. MinneMinds — […]

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Minnesota Legislature: GOP, DFLers reveal top bills

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, January 8, 2013 Minnesota House Republicans and Senate Democrats released an assortment of legislative ideas Thursday that have potential for both conflict and compromise. House Republicans, in their newly won majority, have proposed five bills to start the legislative session. They include cutting business taxes; making teacher evaluations part of decisions […]

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