According to a Minnesota School Boards Association survey, “68 districts will be trying for operating levy referendums Nov. 7. Two districts had levy referendums on Sept. 12. Six districts had bond referendums on Sept. 12. Another 15 districts will be trying to pass bond referendums Nov. 7. Two others will be trying for Dec. 19 bond referendums.”
Just FYI BOND, LEVY UPDATE
South Washington County, Roseville, St. Cloud, Kingsland, Roseau, Hill City and Barnum all passed bond or levy questions Sept. 12. Willow River‘s operating levy was the lone issue to fail.
Great Schools Begin at the Ballot Box
So the election season is in full swing. What an election year in Minnesota! As we prepare for a critical funding year for our public schools, there are 201 seats to fill in the Minnesota Legislature for 2007, as well as all five of our state level offices — Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor. At the federal level we have a hotly contested Senate seat and eight congressional seats. This is a year where every seat but one is up for re-election. More than 400 candidates will be running for public office between now and November 7.
One way that you can be an effective advocate is to get involved in a campaign. Choose a candidate that you support and help them win the election. Elected officials remember the people who helped their campaign. It’s a great way to begin building relationships with your elected officials.
Also, know where candidates stand on public school issues. We don’t believe that electing single issue candidates is the way to get a great legislature, but if you know where an elected official stands on issues of public schools it does give you a good idea where they may stand on other issues. Check our website for questions you can ask your candidates. We hope asking these questions will be helpful as you prepare for the upcoming election. Download them and carry them with you to ask those folks at a forum or just at the grocery store.
On a personal note, I was incredibly disappointed that Governor Pawlenty pulled out of the Alliance for Student Achievement forum at the last minute. I encouraged so many of you to attend and this was one of the main events. I was happy to see that Mike Hatch, Peter Hutchinson and Ken Pentel attended and addressed the audience individually, but it would have been far better if we had been able to see all of our gubernatorial candidates side by side in a true debate format.
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