CASE: Community Action for Student Education

Help Minnetonka Schools make a case for school funding!

Years ago, Minnetonka community members formed Minnetonka Schools’ CASE committee to advocate at the Minnesota Legislature for full school funding. The goal of CASE was—and remains—to encourage legislators to reinvest in public education at the state level and to understand how possible changes in current law can impact school funding.

The CASE committee has not been active in a number of years, and the District is excited to reignite it and to offer opportunities to parents and community members to get involved.

“It’s a great time to be a part of making a difference!” said David Law, Superintendent of Schools. “Currently, there are school funding requests to legislators that parents can support the District in making, such as asking lawmakers to raise the investment in school funding by 5% for each of the two years in the next biennium—and asking them to fully fund special education.”

The revived CASE committee, led by two School Board members, School Board Chair Lisa Wagner and School Board Treasurer Patrick Lee-O’Halloran, is planning to host two “Days at the Capitol” in March 2023 for parents to attend together, to meet with legislators and share the District’s messages in support of Minnetonka’s students.

In addition to lobbying at the Capitol in-person, there are also opportunities for members to write letters, send emails and make calls to legislators, to assist with research, and to help with event planning. The commitment can be varied, and there is a place for anyone with a passion to make a difference in the lives of our students and our school district.

To learn more about CASE and how to get involved, please email with your questions or suggestions.

More on CASE

CASE is non-partisan. Its members do not use CASE to endorse candidates for an elected office, including non-partisan elected positions. As individual citizens, members of CASE are not prohibited from participating in various election efforts, but their opinions and actions do not represent CASE in doing so. In the past, CASE has consisted mostly of parents, but community members and business leaders are also welcome participants.

MN State Capitol

Contacting your representatives

  • Legislators and the Governor need to hear what your priorities are. Take Two Minutes to remind them to keep education a priority in Minnesota.
  • Ask them to keep education a priority.
  • Who represents me?
  • Two minutes is all it takes! A quick phone call or email makes a difference. Messages may be left after hours as well.

Advocacy Tips

  • Identify yourself as a constituent.
  • Provide your name, address and phone number.
  • Thank them for all their efforts.
  • Ask them to "make education a priority" during the upcoming budget discussions.
  • For emails, be sure to put “Constituent” in the subject line.
  • The key message is: “We need an educated populous to keep our state strong.”