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June/July 2019


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Educators rally ahead of session end
More than 400 educators from across the state packed the Capitol Saturday, May 18 for the #EdMNVotes in Action Rally. Observers said it was the loudest they had heard the Capitol this legislative session. Members not only rallied in the Capitol Rotunda, but met with their local legislators. Read more

Session ends with budget deal, little policy decisions
The 2019 legislative session ran into overtime, but state leaders did come to an agreement around a budget for E-12 and higher education. Very little policy proposals that had passed the House made it into the final bills, including fixes to the tiered licensure system, contract parity for ABE/ECFE teachers, and dedicated training for paraprofessionals. Read more

Denise Specht: Winter closings show need for educators to rally for better ESP contracts
This column is for everyone who can’t put this awful winter behind them. This winter still haunts education support professionals who missed work because of school closures. Some lost two full weeks. That really hurt the people that every school depends on. Read more

Free retired membership available
If you are retired or retiring and have been an Education Minnesota member for at least 10 years, you may qualify for retired membership at no additional cost. Paid membership is available if you don’t meet the qualifications. Read more

Statewide campaign around ESP Bill of Rights launches
Education Minnesota is formally launching a statewide campaign to get education support professionals the respect they deserve, improve pay and benefits and elevate ESP voices in decisions on staffing levels and working conditions. Read more

Dues revocation window expands to 30 days
This fall, Education Minnesota will expand its dues revocation window from seven days to 30 days. The revocation window is the period of time when a current member may revoke their authorization to have union dues deducted from their paycheck. Read more

Recent cases show need for a plan, rooted in kindness, for transgender students
The Constitution of the State of Minnesota established the creation of a fair and uniform public school system as a fundamental responsibility of the state government. The latest white paper from Education Minnesota’s Educator Policy Innovation Center explores 10 education policy areas to show how the state has not met its constitutional obligation. Read more

Specht, Burnham, Rowe win officer elections; RC aims to keep union strong
More than 540 delegates attended the 2019 Education Minnesota Representative Convention, which included the election of the union’s statewide officers. President Denise Specht and Secretary-Treasurer Rodney Rowe were reelected after running unopposed. Bernie Burnham, an elementary teacher and president of the Duluth Federation of Teachers, was elected vice president after a historic nine candidates ran for the open position. Read more

Mueller says goodbye to leadership, but not advocacy
“I’m not going away, I’m going a different way.” After 12 years as vice president of Education Minnesota, Paul Mueller will be stepping down from his post June 30, choosing not to run for reelection this spring. Read more

Lindstrom honored as he leaves MSCF post
Kevin Lindstrom, president of the Minnesota State College Faculty, became the first higher education member to win Education Minnesota’s highest honor, the Peterson-Schaubach Outstanding Leadership Award. The award was presented to Lindstrom at Education Minnesota’s Representative Convention in April. Read more

Stewartville's Parry wins Human Rights Award
Jim Parry knows that when a student feels pride and success in one part of their life, that feeling tends to spread to other parts of their life, too. That philosophy guides Parry’s work as teacher of the REACH program at Stewartville Middle and High School, and is a big part of why he received Education Minnesota’s Human Rights Award this April at the Representative Convention. Read more

2019 Teacher of the Year believes every voice matters
Jessica Davis knows that her high school math students won’t ever be asked to solve a quadratic equation on the street. But she says they will always be asked, “How do you know?” “You will always be asked to justify something. It’s that response of how you think about your thinking,” Davis said. “We use math as a way to become a more whole person, and I think everyone wants to be a more whole person, whether you like math or not." Read more

Eight others honored as Teacher of the Year finalists
Besides Davis, eight other teachers were also finalists for 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Here are their reflections on their professional motivations and teaching philosophy. Read more

Registration open for Summer Seminar
The 2019 Summer Seminar will take place Aug. 5-7 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. All Education Minnesota members are invited to choose from more than 90 different course options that will improve your professional skills while connecting you with other educators from around Minnesota. Read more

Free loan assistance program available
Education Minnesota has launched a new partnership to help you save on your education debt and apply for loan forgiveness. As a member, you now have free access to a new service called Summer. The tools on this website make it easy for educators to lower monthly payments and qualify for loan forgiveness programs. 
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Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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