Update for August 21, 2015: Back to school 

/ 19 August 2015 / Shawna

Save the Date!

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Oct 2, 2015
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
1640 Larpenteur Avenue West
St Paul, MN 55108
Please register here!

Welcome Back!

How many times in the next few weeks will you be hearing that? The summer weather has been glorious and it is so hard to believe these long, languid days will soon be replaced with frantic early mornings and evening homework patrol! Several school districts have already begun classes, an action taken by the state legislature as to make up for Labor Day falling so late this year.

The allure of new tachers, new friends, new challenges and new things to learn is very appealing. Parents United wants this year to be terrific for your family, whether you have children in school or are listening to the school bus pass your door as it transports the next generation to school!

On Oct 2, we will kick off the school year with a truly wonderful event and we want to make sure you Save the Date! Drum roll please: for the first time, our Parent Leadership Summit will be held in autumn and so that more people can attend, the event will be held over the lunch hour. Our topic? THE Imperative for 21st Century Learning! Sound intriguing? It is. Hear what the Search Institute and Minnesota Humanities Center have discovered makes THE difference for our children’s learning. You may be very surprised! Ask your site councils, your PTAs, your friends and neighbors to join us as we explore what this new imperative might mean for our schools!

Registration will begin Friday August 28, 2015 here.

What might look different in my child’s school this year?

Keep an eye out for how your district implements these many changes that resulted from the 2015 Session. You may remember that Parents United was the leader in advocating for higher education spending targets last session. That leadership impacted the final negotiations in the waning days of the session providing higher school spending than either the House or Senate originally proposed. Your districts are in better financial shape because of that effort!


What is Parents United’s agenda? Our agenda is simple: we don’t speak for parents, but work to provide credible, timely information about education policy and the law-making process so parents can speak for themselves. Truth be told, Parents United is a translator of complex terms and policy implications, as well as a navigator fora legislative process often oblique to the public.