Tag Archives | Parents United

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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Beyond bullying bill, legislators likely to play it safe on education issues

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 21, 2014 – A month ago as the 2014 legislative session was being gaveled open, the Capitol Soothsayer, aka Parents United Executive Director Mary Cecconi, ventured a prediction. “The overarching issue for the 2014 legislature is the November 2014 election,” Cecconi advised the members of her group, a grassroots organization dedicated to making education […]

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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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Trust Minnesotans, not outside franchises, on school reform

Denise Specht, Star Tribune Commentary, February 5, 2014 – I was on the Red Lake Indian Reservation last week for the fourth of Education Minnesota’s community conversations on teacher quality. The drive back to the Twin Cities gave me a chance to think about the two approaches to education reform playing out in our state. The […]

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St. Paul’s teacher talks have been a public affair

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, February 15, 2014 – The St. Paul district and teachers union negotiating teams have huddled behind closed doors in increasingly tense contract talks. But some of the most important conversations may have played out outside the bargaining room, where the two sides have curried public support and enlisted allies. Long before raising […]

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Seeking common ground may help improve schools

Joe Nathan, ECM Publications, January 22, 2014 – Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousand Minnesotans, […]

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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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Arctic forecast drives Governor to close schools

John Croman, KARE 11 News, January 3, 2014 – The specter of biting, arctic cold in the forecast led Gov. Mark Dayton to order schools closed statewide Monday. Dayton tapped a rarely used statute that allows the governor to order the education commissioner to change school calendars or close them altogether. “This is an historic weather […]

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