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1 10 th Anniversary Timeline of Accomplishments

2 Engaging the Community for 10 Years The Early Years December – in separate effort, Save Our Schools is launched by Minneapolis parents. August – The name Parents United for Public Schools is chosen April 2002 – Parents from 20 MN school districts form a statewide parent group.

3 Engaging the Community for 10 Years The Early Years “No New Taxes” Pledge dominates political campaigns in Minnesota in 2002.

4 Engaging the Community for 10 Years The Early Years The Legislative response to the budget deficit results in deep cuts to education.

5 Engaging the Community for 10 Years The Early Years Mary Cecconi is hired as Executive Director of Parents United.

6 Engaging the Community for 10 Years The Early Years Parents United launches website and begins sending weekly updates. Parents United secures web manager Jennifer Armstrong.

7 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum With growing need, Parents United expands staff. Eunice Slager, Operations Manager

8 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum First offices - Mary’s carFirst offices - Eunice’s kitchen table

9 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum First Meeting Spaces

10 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum Capitol Rally

11 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum Capitol Rally

12 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum Parents United reaches its goal of developing contacts in all 134 Minnesota legislative districts.

13 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum Schools receive the largest unencumbered increase in the per-pupil formula in 14 years.

14 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Gaining Momentum P.S. Minnesota, an initiative to change the state’s school funding model, is launched, with Parents United as a primary participant.

15 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parent Networking Events

16 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Annual Parent Leadership Summits

17 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Legislative kick-offs and wrap-ups, levy workshops, in-district presentations

18 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents at the Capitol

19 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents meet with Education leaders at the Capitol

20 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents United supports parents testifying at the Capitol

21 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact A vegetarian in a sausage making factory.

22 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact St. Cloud Northfield Frazee 13 Parent Leadership Boot Camps held around the state

23 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Rally

24 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents speaking up for kids

25 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Connecting with parents about their concerns

26 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents United begins meeting with Congressional delegation about federal education issues.

27 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents United provided parent contacts for various state-level committees, including teacher evaluation, principal evaluation, the No Child Left Behind waiver, school funding and family engagement.

28 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact – Parents United meets with gubernatorial candidates

29 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents United expands staff to meet a growing demand for our work. Jill Pearson- Wood, Associate Director Ann Hobbie, Project Coordinator

30 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Parents United led the effort to organize parents to speak out at a press conference against a bill that would advantage one part of the state at the expense of another.

31 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Growing for Impact Media hits increase significantly.

32 Engaging the Community for 10 Years Moving into our Next Decade 2012 “I’m a Public School Graduate” profile project launches in 2012.


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