For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2020For More Information, Contact:
(651) 497-4949

Nearly four out of five Minnesotans support placing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a quality public education on the November ballot

Our Children MN public opinion survey shows bipartisan backing for closing the state’s achievement gaps

St. Paul, MN – Nearly 80 percent of Minnesotans surveyed support a constitutional amendment to ensure a quality public education for all children and two-thirds of them rank education as one of state government’s three most important roles.

Those were just two of the findings from a survey of 800 Minnesotans from across the state conducted by Our Children MN, a grassroots campaign working toward education reform for all children.

The survey shows strong, broad-based support for adding an amendment to the state’s constitution to ensure all children have the civil right to a quality public education – regardless of age, race, income, geography or political beliefs.

With a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent, key takeaways from Our Children’s survey report are:

  • Overall, 79 percent of Minnesotans would vote in favor of amending the constitution to ensure a quality education for all children;
  • Support is bipartisan: 92 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Independents, and 65 percent of Republicans support the proposal;
  • Two-thirds of Minnesotans agree that education is one of the top three most important responsibilities of state government;
  • Only 19 percent believe that Minnesota’s schools are better than those in other states at preparing students for the future;
  • A majority of Minnesotans believe the achievement gap is a statewide issue;
    • Forty percent believe most school districts have significant achievement gaps;
    • Twenty-one percent believe that the achievement gap is a statewide problem, but its significance is limited to a small number of districts;
    • Twenty-five percent believe it is primarily a Twin Cities problem, focused on a small number of districts;
    • Only five percent believe the achievement gap isn’t really a problem

The constitutional amendment effort is being led by former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari. The coalition is growing and includes a wide range of business, community, education and legislative supporters.

“As we talk with kids, parents and educators around Minnesota, we continue to see great enthusiasm and support for what our coalition is proposing,” said Rashad Turner, Board Member of Our Children. “It’s rewarding to know when asked if they would support the Page Amendment on the ballot this November, 79 percent of Minnesotans said they would vote in favor, with 34 percent of those strongly in favor. No matter what kind of background Minnesotans come from, a majority agree the Page Amendment will help solve our achievement gap crisis.”

Our Children Board Member Mike Ciresi commented on the overwhelming support for the coalition and its partners.

“I think all of us could feel the support for our movement and the Page Amendment, but these numbers solidify a brand-new reality that’s starting to sink-in,” said Ciresi. “In an era of polarization and partisan politics, it’s refreshing to see that Minnesotans care about a quality education for all our children. When 92 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Independents, and 65 percent of Republicans agree on something, you know you’re doing something right.”

Mike McFadden, Our Children Board Member, remarked on fixing our education system’s status quo.

“What we’re seeing with these results is that Minnesota can be the shining light when it comes to public education throughout the country,” said McFadden, Our Children Board Member. “Two-thirds of Minnesotans rank education as one of the three most important responsibilities of the state, and they’re right. These numbers prove Minnesotans truly care about the future of all our children’s public education, so let’s give our families, friends and neighbors an opportunity to speak their voice at the ballot box in November.”

Focusing on the quality of public education and the persistent achievement gaps that plague our state, Our Children is a passionate and diverse grassroots campaign working toward education reforms for all Minnesota students. Alongside President Kashkari and Justice Page, Our Children is committed to amplifying the message in order to pass the Page Amendment at the Minnesota Legislature.

Click here for the survey fact sheet.


Prepared and paid for by Our Children

Copyright © 2020 Our Children MN, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Our Children MN
PO Box 40335
St. Paul, MN 55104

Coalition Update – Our Children Joins Minnesotans in Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and Observing Mental Health Awareness Month
| May 7, 2020

Hello Our Children Coalition Members, In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Our Children would like to thank all of Minnesota’s teachers and staff for their incredible commitment to educating Minnesota students. Your dedication and passion for our children makes us proud every single day, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Distance learning has magnified some of our education challenges in Minnesota, especially the disparities that exist. EdAllies had…

Read More

Coalition Update – Education Equity During COVID-19
| April 29, 2020

Hello Our Children Coalition Members, As many of you know, Governor Tim Walz ordered Minnesota classrooms closed for the rest of the school year. Although Our Children understands the Governor’s order and wants everyone to be safe and healthy, we’ve seen distance learning present significant challenges for students, parents and educators. Last week, we shared…

Read More

Coalition Update – COVID-19 is Expanding the Achievement Gap of Minnesota’s Students
| April 21, 2020

Hello Our Children Coalition Members, We sincerely hope you and your families are staying safe during these uncertain times due to COVID-19. With our new COVID-19 realities in mind, we continue to develop our legislative and grassroots efforts to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot and as soon as it’s safe for all of…

Read More

Forum: Enhancing education by constitutional amendment
By Chuck Slocum, Special to the Star Tribune | March 16, 2020

With supporters including lawmakers from both parties, this issue has the potential to transcend party politics. Minnesota has long had one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, with education outcomes for children of color, American Indian children and low-income white children lagging far behind children from higher-income families. Workforce issues rank at the…

Read More

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Passes Resolution in Support of the Page Amendment
| March 14, 2020

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) passed a resolution calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass House File 3658 and Senate File 3977, known as the Page Amendment, to allow all voters to consider amending the constitution to ensure a civil right to a quality public education for all children. If passed by the House…

Read More

Attorney General Keith Ellison Remarks on the Page Amendment at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
| March 13, 2020

Let me thank all of you for the great work that you’ve been doing. I mean that being administrators in our schools teaching in our classrooms right after school programs being an active civic leader community groups, all the things that you have been doing. I want to thank you for. And it’s been good…

Read More

Constitutional amendment will make public education a civil right
| March 13, 2020

I have been committed to educational equity for nearly a half-century. When I was honored for my on-field prowess in 1988 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I felt so strongly about educational equity that I selected Willarene Beasley, then the principal at Minneapolis North High School, to introduce me at my…

Read More

Our Children Survey Fact Sheet
| March 10, 2020

Our Children released our survey results from over 800 Minnesotans across the state and we’re happy to share our findings with you! Read more to have a look!

Read More