Rally for Public Education

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the high chance of rain, tomorrow's rally has been moved to the Capitol Rotunda!

The program will still begin at 1 p.m. The rally will conclude with the delivery of nearly 1,000 handwritten notes from educators and other supporters of public schools to the governor's office.

We will still have sign-making, note-writing and social media activities at Education Minnesota's office, 41 Sherburne Ave. in St. Paul, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Food trucks and bathroom facilities also will be available outside the Education Minnesota building.

It’s springtime outside, but inside the Minnesota Legislature, the leadership wants to freeze out schools in the next state budget.

Join us on May 20, the final Saturday of the regular legislative session, to rally for public education.

It’s our last chance to …

  • Rally for the schools our kids deserve with parents, students, community members and hundreds of educators just like you.
  • Stand up for the students on the margins who need us the most.
  • Tell legislators face-to-face to stop playing risky games with our children’s futures and start investing in their success.
  • Support Gov. Mark Dayton in his fight for public schools and colleges.

When: Saturday, May 20 at noon. Program starts at 1 p.m.
Where: Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul

We teach our students we live in a democracy where every voice counts. It’s time to prove it, before time runs out!

Please RSVP to rally here

Free transportation to the rally

Education Minnesota will provide busing for Education Minnesota members and their families to the rally in St. Paul from hubs in Owatonna, Woodbury, Edina, Coon Rapids, Mankato, Rochester and Apple Valley.

You must register in advance. Click on the hub you would like depart from to register. A printed ticket is required to get on the bus. 

What else can I do? Write a note to Gov. Mark Dayton!

Minnesota has a projected surplus of $1.65 billion, but House and Senate Republicans are pushing education budgets that don’t even cover inflation. Can your school afford more cuts? Can college students afford more cuts to higher education? If the answer is no, speak out.

Imagine what your school could lose and tell Gov. Dayton what that would mean for you, your colleagues, your students and/or community. Some of your fellow educators are asking the governor to:

  • Hold strong on funding public education.
  • Oppose lowering licensing standards for teachers.
  • Block attempts to offer back-door vouchers to private schools.
  • Resist proposals that limit access to higher education.
  • Stand up for the students on the margins who need us most.

How to do it

Please include the following:

  • Your name, address, personal email, home phone, district/school.
  • A sentence or two about why the governor's decisions matter to you, your colleagues, your students and/or community.

Share your note on social media

  • Take a picture of you with your note or a group of educators writing notes.
  • Tweet the picture at your area legislators and/or send a direct message to Gov. Mark Dayton on Facebook. If you are friends with the governor on Facebook, post your picture and tag him in it.
  • Use the hashtags that apply: #VoicesForKids, #EducatorVoices, #VoucherResistanceMN, #mnleg, #BelieveInWeMN.

Send notes to Education Minnesota headquarters through your field office or by mail, 41 Sherburne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103. Please contact Paul Winkelaar at paul.winkelaar@edmn.org if you need envelopes and postage for your local.

Member resources

Rally sponsors

Thank you to our growing list of sponsors!

  • AFSCME Council 5
  • Communications Workers of America MN State Council
  • Inter Faculty Organization
  • Minnesota AFL-CIO
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • SEIU Minnesota
  • TakeAction
  • Teamsters 320



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