November 16, 2004 – Legislative Tours of Our Schools

November 16, 2004 – Legislative Tours of Our Schools


The election is over.  Thank you for making our public schools an issue throughout the election cycle. Now we need to turn our attention to the legislative session.

Please take a moment to write a congratulatory note to the winner of your district election.  If public schools are going to see relief from their funding problems we need a concerted effort to make that happen.

There are many organizations and individuals who are working to coordinate efforts of groups such as ours.  Parents United Network, in cooperation with the PTA and Parents United for Public Schools, is working to bring legislators into Minnesota’s public schools, with parents as their hosts.

This is our second year hosting Legislative Tours of our schools.  Our goal is to get more parents involved with their legislators on public school issues and inform legislators, from a parent perspective of the successes and the challenges facing schools in their districts. We are also looking for their commitment to work for our public schools.

I am hoping you will be interested in participating in this important event.  We are asking that you host a tour between December 1, 2004 and January 20, 2005.  The session begins on January 4 and many legislators may be too busy those first weeks to be home and visiting schools.

Parents United Network will provide parents with any help they need inviting and hosting their representative.  A simple, step-by step “How-To” packet is available.  The suggested time frame for the visit is two hours.  We expect this to be a great experience for parents, legislators and the children.

You may want to suggest to your legislator that they invite a colleague to accompany them on their tour—and invite a parent from that legislative district as well.  This is a great opportunity for legislators and parents to visit schools outside of their own districts to gain a sense of the struggles schools are having around the state.  Your legislator may want to invite one of his/her colleagues that sit on the education committee. If they do not know of a parent from that district who may be interested in touring a school, we certainly have contacts in most areas.

Again, I hope you will be interested in hosting your legislator in your child’s school.  I will do all the follow-up with you or any other prospective parents.

Please feel free to email me or call with your questions. 

Mary Cecconi
State Director – Parents United Network
833 Nordic Ave.
Stillwater, MN 55082
phone: 651-214-6565