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Minnesota’s statewide crisis: Constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality public education moves forward with broad support

Armed with research about the state’s achievement gaps, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari are leading an effort to change the status quo. The gaps represent a failure—not of our teachers, students, or schools—but of our political system.
What

The proposal and legislative response

In January, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari launched an effort to amend Minnesota’s constitution to guarantee a quality public education for all children. Since then, supporters in the Minnesota House and Senate have introduced bills to give voters the chance in November to declare that all children have a fundamental civil right to a quality public education.

Video: Watch Page and Kashkari testimony before House and Senate committees.

Why?

Why a constitutional amendment? And other tough questions

Vouchers, courts, standards, risks? Here are answers to some legitimate and tough questions.

Read the FAQ ›
Read why an amendment ›

Read Kashkari’s correspondence with the Minnesota Rural Education Association: MREA letter and Kashkari’s response.

Public Opinion

Broad public support

Nearly 80 percent of Minnesotans back a constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality public education for all children, public opinion research shows.

The proposed amendment to guarantee a quality public education for all of Minnesota’s children has received widespread support from a broad cross section of civic, business, education, and elected leaders, including the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.

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Who are the supporters and what are they saying? ›


Research

Minnesota’s achievement gaps

Our economists find Minnesota has some of the nation’s largest education achievement gaps, with disparities across race and income categories, in traditional public and charter schools, and in both urban and rural areas of the state.

Read their full report PDF ›
Key points ›
How other states put children first ›
Read the Page, Kashkari op-ed ›
Interactive map ›

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Media Coverage

In the news

Whether it’s a podcast with the African American Leadership Forum, interviews with Twin Cities television news shows, appearances on the region’s top radio outlets, or extensive reports on print and web news sites, the amendment proposal has garnered extensive media coverage.

See all news coverage ›

Alan Page and Neel Kashkari speak at the event

Amendment events

Children First: Community conversations to engage, inform, and learn

Since launching the initiative to amend the Minnesota constitution to guarantee a quality public education for all children, Justice Alan Page and President Neel Kashkari have been meeting with community, business, education, and legislative leaders. Here’s a look at some key public events.

Children First kickoff at the Minneapolis Fed, Jan. 13
With the Mankato Diversity Council and Greater Mankato Growth, Feb. 19
With the Rochester Diversity Council, Feb. 20