For Immediate Release
March 8, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
House Education Policy Committee to Hold A Hearing on Page Amendment Legislation
Supporters will offer testimony, personal stories in front of the committee.
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Today, the Minnesota State House of Representatives Education Policy Committee will hold a hearing at 1 pm CST on HF 874, a bill to amend the Minnesota state constitution to enumerate a civil right for all Minnesota children to quality public education. Several amendment supporters will testify in front of the committee.
The bill, known informally as the Page Amendment, was introduced to the House of Representatives by Chief Author Hodan Hassan on February 15. Representative Hassan serves as Vice Chair of the Education Policy Committee.
“Community voices are what will put the Page Amendment on the ballot in November 2022. We are thankful to Committee Chair Ruth Richardson for holding a hearing on this important legislation,” said Nevada Littlewolf, campaign manager and executive director of Our Children MN. “Hearings give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to make their voices heard at the Capitol. When you listen to the testimonies from today’s hearing, you will hear that the people of Minnesota stand behind quality public education for all children.”
The amendment must be heard in several key committees in order to be placed on the November 2022 ballot. The bill has bipartisan support in the House and Senate and has been signed by 16 legislators so far.
Justice Alan Page says that today’s hearing is “a victory for all Minnesota children and families.”
“Families have spent the last twenty years asking for better outcomes for their children. Now, facing widening, worst-in-the-nation education gaps, these asks have become pleas. We are thankful to the Education Policy Committee for giving Minnesotans an opportunity to speak about the people’s problem in the people’s house. Every Minnesotan is touched by education gaps in some way or another. Every community should be afforded the opportunity to share how they have been affected,” said Page, a former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and founder of the Page Education Foundation.
Supporters that will testify at the hearing include Bernadeia Johnson, faculty members at Minnesota State University, Mankato & former superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools; Sondra Samuels, President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ); and legal professionals.
Our Children MN is an organization working to inform Minnesotans of the state’s education gaps and to build support to pass the Page Amendment. Learn more about the Page Amendment at https://ourchildrenmn.com/.