Great Opportunity Jan-March 2014 Three Free Workshops

School and Student Advocacy Boot Camp

These free workshops will be great opportunities for parents and community members who want to know how to best leverage their time and efforts to have a positive impact on their schools for years to come.  Click above link for full details.

District 279 Parent Legislative Network

Mission Statement

The mission of the District 279 Parent Legislative Network (PLN) is to actively advocate for legislation that supports quality education from Early Childhood – 12 grades in Minnesota, as a whole, and Osseo Area Schools in particular.  This goal is achieved when we:

  • Research and understand the legislative initiatives of our local school district;
  • Explore education issues involving policy and funding to gain understanding of these complex issues- where we have been, and where we aspire to be.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with legislators representing our eight community school district;
  • Build and strengthen our local network of community members willing to serve as “advocates” and respond to specific “Calls to Action” during legislative sessions.  The voices of constituents raised in solidarity on issues (not only education issues) is a powerful tool within our democracy; and
  • Provide opportunity for the Osseo Area Schools community to learn more about education issues through public forums and our website.

Membership within the D279 PLN is open to all individuals committed to strong public school education for Minnesota children.

The Minnesota Constitution makes the following specific provisions for education.  Did you know it is the only specific mandate in our state’s constitution (with the exception of provision for ensuring safe roads)?

ARTICLE XIII MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS

Section 1. Uniform system of public schools.

The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state.

Section 2. Prohibition as to aiding sectarian school.

In no case shall any public money or property be appropriated or used for the support of schools wherein the distinctive doctrines, creeds or tenets of any particular Christian or other religious sect are promulgated or taught.

 

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