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A Statewide Crisis: Minnesota’s education achievement gaps demand a bold approach

Armed with compelling research from Minneapolis Fed economists about Minnesota’s statewide achievement gaps, former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari are leading a broad-based effort to amend the Minnesota constitution and guarantee a quality education for all of Minnesota’s children

Read the amendment plan.

On Jan. 8, 2020, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari announced an initiative to amend Minnesota’s constitution to guarantee a quality education for all of the state’s children.

Why a constitutional amendment? An amendment will focus on educational outcomes, motivating legislators and policymakers to enact innovative policy changes that put children first.

Children First: A Community Conversation on Educating All Children. The agenda for a public conversation, including community, business, and education leaders on Jan. 13, 2020.

How other states put children first. A new Minneapolis Fed policy brief details how constitutional amendments in Florida and Louisiana have made a difference for schools, children, and families.


Download and read the full report on Minnesota’s achievement gaps.

We examine patterns of disparities for three critical outcomes: performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, and indicators of college readiness.

Key points. Here’s a quick read of “A Statewide Crisis.”
(PDF Version)

“Justice and economic vibrancy.” In a Star Tribune Op-Ed, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page outline the importance of closing the state’s achievement gaps.

About “A Statewide Crisis: Minnesota’s Education Achievement Gaps.” An overview of the Minneapolis Fed’s research report and the Oct. 2019 launch of the Page and Kashkari initiative.

Gaps, an interactive map. Explore population and education outcome patterns for schools and school districts. (User Guide [pdf]; Data Dictionary [pdf])

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