The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota’s Embarrassment — MPRNEWS, Oct 11 2004
Report Ranks Minnesota Among Worst Achievement Gap States — MPRNEWS, Oct 14, 2019
There is a 15 YEAR GAP between the two headlines above. Both are articles about Minnesota’s notorious, shameful distinction of having one of the worst achievement gaps in the country. A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis calls Minnesota’s education achievement gap a STATEWIDE CRISIS.
We have had enough!!
Our Children MN is a passionate and diverse grassroots campaign to bring quality education to all our children through the Page Amendment, which will amend the Minnesota constitution to give every child the right to a high-quality education. We believe this will serve as a much-needed catalyst to improve education in our state.
Many in Minnesota receive a great education, but for far too long, our leaders have turned a blind eye to the persistent achievement gap that plagues our great state. In fact, Minnesota has the undesirable distinction of having some of the largest achievement disparities in the country when it comes to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The problem exists across the state and it is not limited to the Twin Cities.
It’s stunning to think the state of Minnesota, a former pioneer and leader for public education throughout the United States, has cratered to unimaginable depths despite continued increases in public education funding. It’s an unfortunate reality across all of Minnesota that we must confront, and that’s exactly what Our Children is here to do.
A recent report from the Federal Reserve Report called the Minnesota education disparity a crisis.
The Page Amendment, would amend the Minnesota constitution to give every child the right to a high-quality education. We believe this will serve as a much-needed catalyst to improve education in our state.
The current system comes from constitutional language developed in 1857 that was designed to implement “adequate” education standards.
The Page Amendment would guarantee a civil right for all children to receive a “quality” education instead of “adequate” to fully prepare them for college, career, and societal responsibilities as measured against uniform achievement standards set forth by the state.
The Page Amendment will act as a catalyst for the legislature to fulfill their obligation and create meaningful reforms for a 21st Century public education system.