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K-12 Parent Advocacy Workshop Series; a collaboration between PREP, YMCA, Minneapolis Public Schools

Advocacy and Mobilization Skills. See workshop series calendar in English and Spanish.

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St. Paul parents hope to keep momentum after teachers contract deal

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, March 3, 2014 – When a teachers strike loomed last month in the St. Paul Public Schools district, parents joined forces on Facebook, peppered the school board with emails and rallied in front of district headquarters. When the district and teachers reached a contract agreement, union leaders credited parents. The superintendent called […]

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Boot Camp Teaches Parents How To Lobby For Schools

Becky Glander, Hopkins Patch , January 3, 2014 – Three of the largest school districts in the metro area are partnering with the parent advocacy group Parents United for Public Schools to offer a 3-part series for parents who wish to effect change. Robbinsdale Area Schools, Osseo Area Schools and Hopkins Public Schools will host the […]

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Statewide group offers help for parents wanting to shape education policy

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, January 2, 2014 – Understanding the legislative maneuvering that shapes education policy each year in Minnesota isn’t always for the faint of heart. In fact, it often takes someone who’s not easily daunted by unbelievably complex funding formulas and test data to decipher education legislation. For years, Mary Cecconi has untangled the […]

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Newer Advocacy Groups Find Foot Soldiers in Parents

Katie Ash, Education Week, December 23, 2013 – Jose A. Herrera, the father of two school-age children in New York City, said he used to be completely disengaged from politics—he didn’t even vote. But that all changed after he successfully teamed up with other parents to push to move his elder son’s charter school from a […]

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Parents Add Heft to Bond, Tax-Measure Campaigns

Nora Fleming, Education Week, July 30, 2013 – Sitting in a cafeteria at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School last fall, parents were asked to imagine what their children’s school would look like with an influx of money under a proposed $2.4 billion bond project to renovate and upgrade facilities in the Baltimore district. Parents called for “basic standards”: […]

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Parents Agree: Funding Shortfalls Shortchange Students, Families, and Communities

Betsy Landers (President of National PTA), Education Week, September 4, 2012 – Much has been made of the divisions pointed out in the 2012 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools released recently. Public perception varies widely on issues from the college-readiness of all students to school vouchers. Perhaps more revealing are the issues on […]

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Parents United for effective education

Nathan Bergstedt, Grand Rapids Herald-Review, August 4, 2012 – “Schools are not just there for parents and their kids. Schools are there to provide for the community and the state. Schools are to provide democratic citizens for the state that can govern themselves,” said Mary Cecconi, Executive Director of Parents United for Public Schools, a […]

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