Backers ramp up push for amendment guaranteeing quality public education

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, joined by former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, ramped up their push for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee all children the right to a quality public education. Ellison says:

“People have looked at our data and say, how could you still profess that you guys are one of the best, when you have the disparities between white children, African American, Native American children, Latino children, special needs and poor white children?”

The proposed amendment faces powerful political opposition, including the Education Minnesota teachers union. President Denise Specht says the measure would remove the mandate for the state to pay for public education. Others warn it would expose the state to a flurry of lawsuits.

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