For Immediate Release
July 6, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
New Memo from NYU Law Supports Constitutionalizing Fundamental Right to Education
The Center on Race, Inequality and the Law supports efforts like Page Amendment.
ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at New York University (NYU) School of Law authored a memo in June 2021 in support of constitutionalizing a fundamental right to education. The memo mentions the state of Minnesota in relation to the Page Amendment, the proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution to establish quality public education as a fundamental, civil right for all Minnesota children.
The memo states that education is a fundamental right in the United States by analyzing the views of the Founding Fathers on education, the value of egalitarianism and the role that education plays in modern society.
“Minnesota has been facing education disparities for decades. Despite efforts to address the disparities in the legislative branch, it is time to move upstream, and establish a fundamental right to quality public education in our state’s most fundamental document: the state constitution,” said Nevada Littlewolf, campaign manager and executive director of Our Children MN. “An enumerated constitutional right to quality public education will focus policy debates on families and children, offering them the power to ensure that the success of all of our children is the focus of the education system. We are thankful to the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law for doing important work to evaluate the significance of public education and fundamental rights.”
The Center on Race, Inequality and the Law was created to confront the laws, policies, and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color and believes that the racism that permeates our present-day legal system has deep roots. The organization works to identify actionable, forward-looking solutions to address the injustices caused by racism. Read the full memo at ourchildrenmn.com/nyu-center-
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/.