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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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