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What is Orono Action?

Orono Action is a nonpartisan committee of the Orono School Board with parent and community leadership that advocates for public education, specifically for the policies and funding that further the best educational outcomes for the students of our communities.

How can I participate?

If you wish to participate, please email us at oronoaction@orono.k12.mn.us

What does Orono Action do?

Orono Action advocates on behalf of our students by:

PrintDeveloping a legislative platform endorsed by the School Board that articulates our legislative priorities.

The current platform was endorsed by the School Board on January 9, 2017, and is detailed below or as a PDF document here.

  1. Increase special education funding to reduce the special education cross subsidy.
  2. Index the basic formula and local optional revenue to inflation.
  • Additional provision: Orono Action chairs, in consultation with the Orono School Board and superintendent, may advocate for additional positions supported by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts.
  • Learn more about education funding in Minnesota here.

Communicating our priorities to the governor and local, state and federal legislators via email, phone and in person.

Collaborating with additional stakeholders such as individuals, community leaders and other legislative action committees to further our priorities.

Orono Action 2017 Committee Members

  • Amy Alworth, Cochair
  • Emily Bremner Forbes, Cochair
  • Sarah Borchers, Orono School Board Liaison
  • Martha Van de Ven, Orono School Board Liaison
  • Amy Barry
  • Sandie Berger
  • Emily Bremner Forbes
  • Susi Forsans
  • Pamela Henjum
  • Nicole Kaufman
  • Michèle Kunz
  • Barb Whitney
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