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PTA LegCon Update: Infrastructure Package

PTA LegCon Update: Infrastructure Package
MN PTA President Heather Starks, Vice-President Amy Nelson and Advocacy Commissioner Cathy Nathan attended the National PTA Legislative Convention in Washington DC March 10-12. On March 11, they visited offices of Minnesota’s Senators and Representatives to lobby on behalf of legislation that supports our member students, parents, teachers and schools. This post gives information about one of our Hill Asks this... Read More

PTA LegCon Update: Federal School Meal Program

PTA LegCon Update: Federal School Meal Program
MN PTA President Heather Starks, Vice-President Amy Nelson and Advocacy Commissioner Cathy Nathan attended the National PTA Legislative Convention in Washington DC March 10-12. On March 11, they visited offices of Minnesota’s Senators and Representatives to lobby on behalf of legislation that supports our member students, parents, teachers and schools. . This post gives information about one of our Hill Asks... Read More

PTA LegCon Update Statewide Family Engagement

PTA LegCon Update Statewide Family Engagement
MN PTA President Heather Starks, Vice-President Amy Nelson and Advocacy Commissioner Cathy Nathan attended the National PTA Legislative Convention in Washington DC March 10-12. On March 11, they visited offices of Minnesota’s Senators and Representatives to lobby on behalf of legislation that supports our member students, parents, teachers and schools. This post gives information about one of our Hill Asks this... Read More

MN School Finance Working Group – January/February Update

MN School Finance Working Group – January/February Update
January– The Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Working Group held a meeting on January 16. The subcommittee working on special education shared several recommendations they are considering including tuition billing options, changes in the pupil based component of the special education formula and initiatives related to early intervention. Regarding this funding distribution, Amy Nelson, who is the vice president... Read More

2020 Legislative and Policy Agenda Approved

2020 Legislative and Policy Agenda Approved
The 2020 session of the Minnesota Legislature began on February 11.  Since then, Minnesota PTA has been monitoring legislation as it has been introduced and heard in committees.  The Minnesota PTA Board of Directors approved our 2020 Legislative and Policy Agenda in January, and we use this document to help us determine which issues Minnesota PTA will focus on during this session.... Read More

2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda Announced

2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda Announced
Today, the Minnesota Legislature reconvened for the 2018 session. The Minnesota PTA Board of Directors approved our 2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda on January 20. The Legislative and Policy Agenda outlines the focus areas for Minnesota PTA advocacy this legislative session. There are two areas of advocacy activity: Legislative Focus – These are areas where Minnesota PTA will actively advocate... Read More

How School Boards and PTAs Can Work Together

How School Boards and PTAs Can Work Together
Minnesota PTA President Deborah Seelinger and President-Elect Heather Starks presented a workshop at the Minnesota School Board Association Leadership Conference on January 12 titled: “How School Boards can Work with PTAs to Support All Children.” School boards do a better job when they are challenged and supported by an informed and involved community. PTA bylaws encourage participation in the decision-making process... Read More