Study: Parenting More Important to Schools than Academic Achievement

Research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself.

Take a look at the Science Daily article to read more.

College Application Week: Help Underrepresented Students with the College App Process

What a great opportunity to volunteer! November 12th – 16th

Last year, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the second week of November Minnesota College Application Week. This week will provide a framework for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage and inform underrepresented (first generation college students, students of color, and low-income) students about the college application process and to highlight college and career readiness efforts occurring throughout the state. Over 100 high schools across the state are registered sites this year. They include high schools, charter and public, in the Twin Cities as well as cities and towns throughout greater Minnesota.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • assist students with the completion of college applications
  • speak to student or parent groups
  • share information about the college application process
  • share personal stories about your college journey
  • share about your area of expertise (financial aid, diversity, college preparation, essay writing, etc.)
  •  greet and sign-in students

To find out more and to sign up head to:

Parents United: Educating Children to High Level of Excellence

Ever wonder how Finland built their highly regarded school program? Hear Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons, as he talks about success Finns have had in educating their children to high levels of excellence. This opportunity  is free and open to the public.
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Sponsored by: Parents United for Public Schools

Can’t make the event, check out this article on the education success’ Finland has achieved.

What happens to the Minnesota political landscape after the election?

Due to a large number of retirements and redistricting, we know the 2013 Minnesota legislature will look very different.  Join Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and get a first look at the political makeup of the 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Date: Nov 7, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM                                                                                         Where: Wilder Center Community Meeting Space                                                                           451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul, MN

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Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

October 11, 2012 Vice Presidential Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan Topic: Foreign and domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

October 16, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Foreign policy Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

This information was taken from

Absentee Voting in Minnesota


Eligibility Requirements:

  • You may vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to vote on election day because:
    • You are away from home
    • You are ill or disabled
    • You are election judge serving in a precinct other than your own
    • You are unable to go to the polling place due to a religious observance or belief
    • You are moved out of Minnesota within 30 days of a presidential election and you are not yet qualified to registered to vote in your new state
  • You must be registered to vote before you submit your absentee ballot request
  • You can vote as early as 46 days before Election Day for most elections – MEANING YOU CAN VOTE TODAY BECAUSE THE ELECTION IS IN 35 DAYS!
  • Identification Requirements for the Absentee Ballot application:
    • Applicant’s drivers license or identification card number
    • Last 4 digits of the applicants social security number
    • A statement that the application has none of the above


  • Your Absentee ballot registration must be received at least 20 days before the election (October 16th)
  • Your absentee ballot application has no specific deadline, but it is recommended that you request the ballot at least one month before the election.
  • Your Voted Absentee ballot must be received by 3:00pm on Election Day if mailed or by 5:00pm on Election Day if hand delivered.  Someone else can also hand deliver your completed ballot that is sealed in an envelope to your local election official by 3:00pm on Election Day.  One person cannot deliver more than 3 ballots.


  • Step 2:  Verify your registration using the following link:
    • It is best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot to avoid problems down the line
    • Most people receive their voter registration card in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote, however, the card is not actually needed to vote.
  • Step 3:  Receive, Complete, and return your absentee ballot – your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready.
    • Follow the enclosed instructions carefully
      • MN residents must complete your absentee ballot in front of a notary or witness.  The witness must be a registered MN voter.
      • Place the ballot into the provided security envelope
      • You and your witness must sign and date the envelope where indicated and the witness must write his/her address to verify he/she is a registered voter
    • Once the ballot is complete, place it in the provided security envelope.
    • The ballot must be received on or before election day (see Deadline rules above).

**To find out where your absentee ballot is in the process, follow the link: