Page Amendment official statement from Nevada Littlewolf, executive director and campaign manager of Our Children MN.
“Across the state of Minnesota today, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are living in a fundamentally different state than white people. The killing of George Floyd last summer, and now Daunte Wright, as well as the trial of Derek Chauvin, have placed our communities in a critical moment of reckoning. At the core is our institutions that are wrought with systemic racism.
Racial equity in Minnesota requires quality housing, healthcare, criminal justice, and public education. The Page Amendment responds to Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation education gaps by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The legislation is a radically different approach to addressing the public education system, the most formative of all institutions. Disparities created and perpetuated in the public school system lead to disparities in all other systems. The state of Minnesota must take action.
Together, we must build a people-based infrastructure to create and maintain equity. Quality public education and equity in Minnesota public schools creates more equity in housing, healthcare, criminal justice. Minnesotans are ready to have this conversation. So are we. It’s not too soon. It is already too late.”