Tag Archives | Mary Cecconi

Formidable group tapped to tackle Minnesota’s education funding issues

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 23, 2011 – If ever there was a group that could graft wings onto pigs, wrest sabers from boulders and mix up a kettle of stone soup to boot, Gov. Mark Dayton may have just assembled it. In keeping with the seven-point education plan he announced last month, yesterday state Education […]

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March 8, 2011 – Local Education Leader Invited to National Stage

St. Paul, MN — Mary Cecconi, executive director of Parents United for Public Schools, has been invited to participate in a meeting of education leaders from the Midwest. The forum, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and held in New York City March 15-16, is specifically designed to ensure the public school stakeholders from the Midwest […]

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New ways to assess teachers unfolding

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, January 23, 2011 – More scrutiny — and more support — is catching on A band of watchful adults descended on Rachel Hansen’s seventh-grade math class in South St. Paul this month. Butch Moening, the secondary principal, scanned students’ faces for the glow of understanding. He peered at homework over their […]

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Parents footing bill for teachers

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, December 26, 2010 – Tight budgets force fundraising for salaries A larger-than-expected crop of third-graders showed up at Rosemount’s Shannon Park Elementary last school year — and with it, the specter of 32-student classes. So, Principal Michael Guthrie appealed to his school’s site council, a parent group that raises tens of […]

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Resuscitating Race to the Top bid

Kris Berggren, Session Weekly, April 22, 2010 – Minnesota tripped in the first leg of Race to the Top, a competitive federal education grant, but now policy makers are dusting themselves off and preparing for a second bid. Education officials learned last month that their application earned 375 out of 500 possible points, coming in […]

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TV:MN2020 Report – Minnesota Education and our Public Schools

Jason Hitchcock, Minnesota 2020, April 13, 2009 – Today we’re unveiling our regular community cable show, Minnesota 2020 Report. The focus for our first show is on education and our public school system. How are we doing and where do we need be going? First Panel: School finance in Minnesota, what’s needed in the coming […]

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Parents taking school concerns to Capitol

Norman Draper, Star Tribune, December 19, 2007 – It wasn’t enough for Beverly Petrie and her fellow school activists to help the Stillwater district reap some funding in the Nov. 6 election. After they fought for the levy, they figured there was more to be done. So, they decided to set their sights on lobbying […]

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Getting Engaged

Tricia Cornell, Minnesota Parent Magazine, October 02, 2006 – You’re already making brownies Is there more you can do for your school? “So, how was school today?” It can start as simply as that. Next thing you know, you’ll find yourself in your legislator’s office discussing the pros and cons of vouchers. Well, that’s a […]

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