Great Schools Begin at the Ballot Box

/ 2 November 2015 / Shawna

vote-2015We will not tell you who to vote for – but we can help you vote! 

We provide credible, timely information about education policy so parents can speak for themselves. Parents United is a translator of complex terms and policy implications, as well as a navigator for a legislative process often confusing to the public. We do not have a specific legislative agenda and we do not support individual candidates.

November 3, 2015

Election Season is in full swing and on Tuesday, levy questions, school board seats, special election seats and Mayors in some municipalities will be on the ballot.

Minnesotans need to be clear where each and every one of their candidates stands on public school issues. 

All of these decisions will be made by those who choose to vote. If you are not registered to vote, register. If you don’t know WHO to vote for, check out candidate websites, talk to friends and neighbors and tap into organizations like the League of Women Voters.

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport – we must participate!

If you want your candidate to win, help them get voters to their ballot boxes: call friends, help neighbors and volunteer in these last days. ROCK THE VOTE!

What should I make of all of this campaign literature in my mailbox?

As you sift through campaign literature, consider this. Thomas Jefferson said, “Information is the Currency of Democracy.” Today more than ever, it is critical for you to consider deeply who is paying for the information you rely upon.

Our advice: Find out who is providing the money for the mailers/advertising for various candidates and what THEY stand for. Then decide if you align with the funders’ beliefs.

In the U.S. we have been schooled that false advertising is illegal. We tend to believe at least some things in political lit must be true. Little known fact – political advertising falls under the first amendment, qualifying as free speech. Campaigners and candidates can say nearly anything they wish. It is up to us to think critically.