For Immediate Release
January 18, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
ICYMI: Our Children MN board members emphasize need for Page Amendment in St. Cloud Times op-ed
“The Minnesota public school system is overwhelmed and unequipped to ensure quality education.”
St. Paul, Minnesota – On Friday, January 15, the St. Cloud Times published an opinion editorial written by Our Children MN board members Mike McFadden, Michael Ciresi and Louis King about the education crisis in Minnesota and the Page Amendment.
The state is facing widening education gaps which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Page Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution that would provide every Minnesota child with a civil right to quality public education.
See highlights from the op-ed:
“Fixing Minnesota’s inequities requires bold, innovative public education policy that will set all Minnesota children up for economic, civic and social mobility.”
“The consequences of leaving the gaps untouched were numerous one year ago. Now, they are dire.”
“The coronavirus pandemic is aggressively exacerbating existing education gaps. Students of color have borne the brunt of the impact…”
“We have the opportunity to create meaningful changes that will improve education for all Minnesota children.”
“Minnesota children deserve access to quality public education. The investment is minimal, while the reward, a Minnesota composed of educated and economically and civically involved citizens, is the very best outcome for all.”
McFadden is a businessman and former Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate for the state of Minnesota. Ciresi is a partner at Ciresi Conlin LLP and co-founded the Ciresi Walburn Foundation. King serves as president and CEO of Summit Academy OIC and is a U.S. Army veteran.
Our Children MN is a bipartisan coalition working to inform Minnesotans of our state’s education gaps and to build support to pass the Page Amendment. Read the full opinion editorial here. Learn more information about the Page Amendment at www.pageamendmentmn.com.