For Immediate Release
January 7, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
Minnesota Needs the Page Amendment
St. Paul, Minnesota – With the Minnesota State Legislature back in session for 2021, lawmakers will be focused on how we are educating our children, especially after ten months of a pandemic. Last year, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis showed Minnesota has some of the worst education gaps by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status in the country. They persist in all 87 Minnesota counties.
COVID-19 has only further highlighted those education disparities and why the Page Amendment is needed in Minnesota.
See some recent news on the Page Amendment:
Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on WCCO
Yesterday, Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis was on WCCO radio with Dave Lee discussing the Page Amendment – a movement to put children first instead of the system by demanding quality education.
In the interview, Kashkari discussed how COVID has really made us see our education disparities now and how we have a diverse group of supporters behind the movement including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, legislators of color, rural legislators and many in the business community.
Page Amendment Advocate Rashad Turner Testified in Minnesota Senate Education Committee
Rashad Turner, Page Amendment advocate and Minnesota Parent Union executive director testified in the Minnesota Senate Education Finance and Police Committee yesterday, talking about getting our children back to school and disparities that exist in our education system. From Rashad Turner’s testimony:
“Keep in mind that our children need to be in school, they want to be in school, teachers want to be in school. But a return to normal for a lot of children in Minnesota means they still won’t be able to read. Adequate and uniform systems of schools are not enough and it hasn’t been enough since 1857. Quality education is a must. Failure is not an option.”
Minnesota Business Partnership Op-ed Highlights Page Amendment as 2021 Legislative Priority
Earlier this week, Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership included the Page Amendment in his Star Tribune op-ed on lessons learned from last year that we should heed for success in 2021. From Weaver in the Star Tribune:
“Lesson 4: Educational and technology gaps require urgent attention. The death of George Floyd shined a spotlight on the challenge of racism and racial inequities in our state. The governor and Legislature began the work of addressing this challenge with their passage of landmark police reform earlier this year. But the work is far from complete, especially as it relates to educational inequality.
It is becoming clear that the state’s already-massive learning gaps that particularly plague students of color are being exacerbated by the pandemic.
Lawmakers should fearlessly attack the state’s persistent achievement gaps with reforms that have proved successful, even when those reforms meet resistance within the education establishment. Minor adjustments are not enough. To change the trajectory for thousands of students of color for whom the current system is a failure, bold and transformational action is required.
The proposal of Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari and former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page is just such a measure. The Legislature should embrace this proposed amendment to Minnesota’s Constitution that would provide that all children are entitled to a “quality” education.”
See more information on the Page Amendment movement here: www.pageamendmentmn.com