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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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Dr. John Jackson: Changing education emphasis from standards to supports

Sarah Lahm, Twin Cities Daily Planet, October 24, 2013 – Should we, as a society, shift our focus from “standards-based reforms” in our schools to a “supports-based” approach? Dr. John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, thinks so. On October 22, at the invitation of Parents United for Public Schools, he gave a […]

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Education events: Emily Bazelon on bullying, mayoral-race forum, ed access and more

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, September 10, 2013 – There are a handful of upcoming events Learning Curve would like to bring to the attention of education-watchers, parents and Minneapolis voters. The first takes place Wednesday, Sept. 11, and features an author Your Humble Blogger has long admired. A best-selling contributor to Slate and other publications, Emily Bazelon […]

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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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For some Minnesota parents, standardized testing has reached its limits

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, June 29, 2013 – Sarah Lahm had a “revelation” this spring, courtesy of teachers and other parents at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis: She could opt her children out of the state’s standardized tests. Lahm followed a high-profile test boycott in Seattle, read up on research and asked her kids for […]

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Driving Change panel: Cecconi models behavior — and takes the long view

“Mary shows up at meetings throughout the state and is willing to change her schedule at the drop of a hat to help a group of parents. We call that ‘presence and participation’ and through it, she stresses the model to parents of what she wants them to do.” Courtesy of Parents United for Public Schools […]

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Love it or list it? HGTV challenges for public schools

Mary Turck, Twin Cities Daily Planet, May 23, 2013 – Imagine the public school system as a house, Mary Cecconi said. The house is not working for us. Do we move? Do we tear it down? Do we renovate? To me, that sounds a lot like Love It or List It?, the popular HGTV program in which […]

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Conferees try to build state’s education funding structure, despite ‘mismatched’ House, Senate ‘lumber’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 17, 2013 – At midnight Thursday night, the technical deadline came and went for Minnesota lawmakers to have worked out the differences between the omnibus education bills crafted by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Major, big-dollar differences. At about 8 p.m., however, they recessed. As is characteristic of this stage […]

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Press Release – Parent Summit 2013

Parent Leadership Summit on May 23: Designing a Better School System for 21st Century Minnesota St. Paul, MN, May 16, 2013—The 11th annual Parent Leadership Summit will be held on May 23 in the Grand Hall at the TIES building in St. Paul. The program, “Designing a Better School System for 21st Century for Minnesota,” […]

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