Tag Archives | Mary Cecconi

Parents, school lobbyists renew push for new education spending 

Christopher Magan, St. Paul Pioneer Press-The Political Animal, May 4, 2015  Parents and school lobbyists joined forces Monday to push lawmakers to rethink how much of the state’s surplus they plan to spend on education and where that new money will go. Organized by Parents United for Public Schools, a group of roughly 100 teachers, […]

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Capitol budget plans will force classroom cuts, school leaders warn

Tim Post, MPR News, May 4, 2015 Mary Cecconi, legislative director at Parents United for Public Schools, called on lawmakers to increase funding for education during a news conference in St. Paul, May 4, 2015.  Minnesota school administrators say they’ll cut teachers and programs over the next two years if lawmakers don’t set aside more […]

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On School Funding, Education Advocates Ask: What will Bakk do?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 1, 2015 With a scant three weeks left in the 2015 legislative session and three wildly divergent education proposals on the table, the operative question at the Minnesota state Capitol would seem to be: What’s Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk’s plan? This week, the state Senate approved education omnibus legislation that, as a standalone […]

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Minnesota high schools scramble to meet ACT’s many test-day requirements

Erin Adler, Star Tribune, April 27, 2015 Test anxiety is hitting Minnesota school administrators as they prepare for the first ever statewide American College Test (ACT) for high school juniors. On April 28, all 64,000 juniors will sit for the exam — a new graduation requirement meant to increase free, in-school access to a test that’s widely […]

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Speak for the children: Children’s Defense Fund, Parents United for Public Schools, Parent Aware

Mary Turck, News Day, February 3, 2015 For generations, the Children’s Defense Fund has been a national voice for children. Growing out of the civil rights movement, CDF has been led by Marian Wright Edelman, a civil rights activist and the first Black woman licensed to practice law in Mississippi. CDF’s just-released report, Ending Child Poverty Now, denounces […]

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Recent Allegations Highlight Electronic Communication Concerns between School Staff, Students

Joe Augustine, KSTP.com, October 10, 2014 Video available Teachers are supposed to be trusted. Recently, two teachers and a coach in Minnesota are accused of breaking that trust. A Catholic school teacher in Plymouth is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate emails to his female students. The Headmaster at Providence Academy, which serves students from […]

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Brynaert used softer style to help reform school testing: Mankato legislator retiring after eight years in House

Dan Linehan, Mankato Free Press, October 4, 2014 When Kathy Brynaert joined the Minnesota House, in 2007, she experienced something of a culture shock. Accustomed to working on a seven-member school board that largely collaborated, Brynaert found herself among 134 representatives trying to sort out a recent power transition. Democrats had taken control of the […]

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At Minnesota Capitol, 19-year-old makes a name for himself

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, May 16, 2014 Zander Danielson Sellie has become a familiar face at the Minnesota Capitol. He’s not a lobbyist, a bureaucrat or a lawmaker, but a 19-year-old St. Paul resident who got hooked on politics last year while working to prevent the closing of Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School, […]

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LEAPs Act calls for sea change in thinking about language skills and teaching

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 16, 2014 – Right now, the fate of Minnesota children who are learning English depends on where and how they end up in school. The least fortunate languish, falling years behind in classrooms where lessons are spooled out in a language they can’t understand. Because conventional wisdom has held that students must […]

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Usual education allies could be put at odds as House, Senate prepare to reconcile priorities

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 15, 2014 – If it weren’t for the anxiety dreams, Minnesota’s education advocates might actually be enjoying spring break. After all, the DFL controls both legislative chambers and the executive branch, there’s a budget surplus —  and threats of a final snow flurry notwithstanding, the sun has been out. Too bad, then, […]

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