The Page-Kashkari proposal for a constitutional right to ‘quality public education’ finds support at the Capitol
MinnPost | March 2, 2020

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers threw their support behind a controversial proposal to set a higher standard for education in Minnesota through a constitutional amendment. Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, authored a bill (HF 3658) that would update the education clause, making a quality education a civil right for all Minnesota children and…

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Minnesota legislators introduce constitutional amendment to require a ‘quality public education’ for all students
Star Tribune | March 2, 2020

Calling it a “conversation starter” in a state with persistent achievement gaps, legislators rolled out an amendment Tuesday to swap out 163-year-old language in the Minnesota Constitution that establishes a “uniform system” of public schools with wording that would make a “quality public education” a fundamental right for all children. School officials and former Minnesota…

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Report ranks Minnesota among worst achievement-gap states
mprnews | February 10, 2020

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis finds Minnesota is one of the worst states in the country for education achievement gaps. Anusha Nath, a research economist with the Minneapolis Fed, said the report reveals Minnesota’s education disparities are not just affecting students of color. Nor are they confined to one area…

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Start Talking About Education As A Priority
Sun Patriot | February 3, 2020

https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_patriot/opinion/west-start-talking-about-education-as-a-priority/article_3f21ea84-468a-11ea-9bbc-57cfa6857f30.html For at least the last quarter century, the inequality of educational outcomes in Minnesota has been a concern. The state has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation between those of low income and everyone else. Every few years, the concern is raised, everyone agrees and then, because no one really knows…

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A “Quality Education” Amendment Is A Bold Idea
Star Tribune | January 31, 2020

http://www.startribune.com/a-quality-education-amendment-is-a-bold-idea/567476202/ “This legislative session may have the first truly multifaceted debate on education in many years: One much needed.” So wrote Roy Magnuson, a longtime St. Paul civics teacher, in a recent e-mail. Well, perhaps not in this short election-year legislative session. But certainly a debate through this year, leading to the long budget session…

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Education Reformers To Visit Fairmont
Fairmont Sentinel | January 29, 2020

https://www.fairmontsentinel.com/news/local-news/2020/01/29/education-reformers-to-visit-fairmont/ FAIRMONT — The Fairmont School Board on Tuesday heard from Superintendent Joe Brown, who shared some news regarding a potential amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. “Former Supreme Court Justice and Minnesota Viking Alan Page and Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, are proposing a constitutional amendment to replace the amendment of…

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Let’s Support Education For Kids, Not Systems
MinnPost | January 29, 2020

https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2020/01/lets-support-education-for-kids-not-systems/ Minnesota leaders have recently said they want to focus our state’s education efforts on improving graduation rates, with a goal of graduating 100% of high school students. While that’s a worthy goal, it shouldn’t distract from the need to improve student achievement. Unfortunately, increasing graduation rates doesn’t have much meaning if students receive diplomas…

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Research Shows Progressive Places, Like Minneapolis, Have The worst Achievement Gaps
Star Tribune | January 24, 2020

http://www.startribune.com/research-shows-progressive-places-like-minneapolis-have-the-worst-achievement-gaps/567277792/ It is an open secret in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities that black and brown children are being left behind within the public school system. The dominant narrative places the blame on poor children of color and their parents, as well as their communities. When racial stereotypes are used as the default to explain…

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We Need A Constitutional Amendment To Guarantee Strong Families And Communities
Star Tribune | January 24, 2020

http://www.startribune.com/we-need-a-constitutional-amendment-to-guarantee-strong-families-and-communities/567277752/ The hearts of retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari in proposing a constitutional amendment creating a fundamental right for all children to receive a quality public education are in the right place, and their goals are laudatory (“An invitation to judicial politics,” D.J. Tice column, Jan….

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