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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
February 2020

Upcoming events

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari will lead two community conversations about Minnesota’s education achievement gaps, which are among the worst in the nation, and their proposal to amend the Minnesota constitution to guarantee a quality education for all children. Leaders from each community will also discuss their education priorities for the 2020 Minnesota legislative session.

Register for the Feb. 19 Mankato event ›
Register for the Feb. 20 Rochester event ›


January 2020

The amendment proposal

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.

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Why a constitutional amendment?

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

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Statewide support

The proposed amendment to guarantee quality education for all of Minnesota’s children has garnered widespread support from a broad cross section of civic, business, education, and elected leaders. Read what some of them say.

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Answering the tough questions about the amendment

“Should we focus on more of what we know works, rather than get distracted by this amendment?”

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Amendment event details

Children First: A Community Conversation on Educating All Children

More than 200 community leaders gathered at the Minneapolis Fed on Jan. 13 to discuss the amendment proposal.

Watch video from the event ›
Read the agenda ›
Read the event summary ›


Policy Brief

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.

Media Coverage

In the news

Read and watch what others are saying about the proposed amendment.

History

A foreshadowing from the Hall of Fame

In 1988, Alan Page was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Quality education for all children was his priority then, as it remains today.



October 2019

Addressing a statewide crisis: Minnesota’s education achievement gaps

In this report, “A Statewide Crisis: Minnesota’s Education Achievement Gaps,” Minneapolis Fed economists Rob Grunewald and Anusha Nath find the state has some of the largest gaps in the nation, and these disparities are seen across race and income categories, traditional public and charter schools, and in both urban and rural areas of the state. This report is the foundation of the constitutional amendment proposal.