December 14, 2006

December 14, 2006


December 14, 2006 Update — From Mary Cecconi, Executive Director


If this is your first update from Parents United, welcome! We are using a new database, so please let us know if you have questions or experience any problems with your mailings from us.

Important Dates (more info. below)

January 3, 2007
The Legislative Session Begins!

January 11, 2007
PTA Advocacy Training

February 12, 2007
5th Annual Parent Leadership Summit
 

January 3, 2007

With the new year comes the new funding cycle. Once again, Parents United will be looking to have a solid parent presence at the Capitol throughout the legislative session. The preliminary schedules show education committees meeting each day Monday through Friday, so if you are interested in visiting and want to join our efforts, please email me, or call 651-999-7391 and we can arrange a time and place to meet!

When the session begins, we will have an entirely new group of legislators that are chairing or sitting on education committees. It is very important that we introduce ourselves! 

January 11, 2007
The PTA is hosting a basic advocacy training session in the Great Hall at the Capitol from 10:30-2:30. Find information and registration at the PTA website.

February 12, 2007
Parents United 5th Annual Parent Leadership Summit

8:00 am – 3:30 pm, 1667 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

We are so excited to be hosting this event—by parents for parents—for the fifth straight year. It has always been the position of Parents United that too great a reliance on local levies is not the way to fund our schools, and this year we will be focusing on updating our school funding system!

After the morning event, we will again be heading to the Capitol to speak with our legislative leaders. The intent of this Summit and all of our work is to bring the parent voice to the forefront of conversation affecting our public schools. We hope you mark your calendar today and come join us in February.

P. S. Minnesota Update

Over the last several weeks over 300 interested people, including 20% of our legislators, attended the Education Policy Briefing focused on the new framework for a school funding formula proposed by the P.S. Minnesota coalition. Parents United is part of this coalition because we believe it is critical to update and reform the present system to more logically link the way we fund schools to the actual costs. For more information on this effort, click here.

Parents United Annual Appeal

Once a year, we ask for partners who would like to help support our work financially. Throughout the year, we spend a great deal of time out in districts from Bemidji to Jackson County Central talking with parents, answering questions they have and they don’t even know who to ask. Our pledge has always been, if we can’t answer it, we will find someone who can.

As the session begins, we will again be sending weekly email updates to thousands of people across Minnesota. We hear that these updates help you understand the link between policies that are being considered for legislation and the local public school down the block. We also hear that this understanding helps you engage in the political process.

Purposely, we do not ask for membership dues, nor do we charge for our work. We are very fortunate to have the backing of several local foundations who believe in our work and another 25% of our annual budget comes from folks just like you. We believe that a united parent voice is an authentic voice of advocacy at the legislature for our public schools and hope you believe in it as well.

This one time a year, please consider supporting our work with a tax deductible donation in any amount. You can donate online by clicking here. Thank you!

Questions? mary@parentsunited.org

Parents United for Public Schools
1667 Snelling Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN 55108

651-999-7391