RELEASE: Our Children Session Priorities

For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Mulcahey 

cm@k2andcompany.com

 

Our Children MN Share Priorities for 2022 Legislative Session 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Our Children MN priority for the 2022 Minnesota State Legislative Session is to advocate for full passage of the Page Amendment. 

Since the introduction of the Page Amendment, Our Children MN has been working to inform Minnesotans of our state’s education gaps and to build support to pass the Page Amendment. We continue to form a passionate, bipartisan coalition of education, community, government, and business leaders dedicated to closing education gaps across the state of Minnesota. 

“We have built up and continue to grow a strong coalition of support for the Page Amendment across the state, in all eighty-seven counties,” said Nevada Littlewolf, Campaign Manager and Executive Director of Our Children MN. “We view 2022 as the year Minnesotans will make quality public education a civil right for all students.”

The 93rd legislative session begins on January 31st, 2022 and Our Children MN has hired an experienced lobbying team to engage and work with the chairs of the necessary committees and their members to share the Page Amendment as the solution to persistent disparities.

The research shows that Minnesota has some of the nation’s largest education gaps by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The learning loss of the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic have further deepened the education gaps for these populations. Now is the time to create transformative change in public education.

Coalitions

Our coalition of support consists of twenty organizations that support the passage of the Page Amendment like Ed Allies and the Minnesota Business Partnership to Minnesota Africans United and to the Tribal Nations. 

We have had hundreds of community conversations across the state of Minnesota in urban, suburban, rural and tribal communities to engage citizens on education gaps and the Page Amendment as the solution. Seventy-nine percent of Minnesotans say they support the Page Amendment as the result of these grassroot efforts across the state. 

Legislative 

At the State Capital, Senator Michelle Benson and Representative Hodan Hassan are lead authors of the Page Amendment along with nineteen other legislators who have signed on as co-authors, and it carries the endorsement of Attorney General Keith Ellison.

See the full list of the Page Partners and Legislative Authors here.

The Page Amendment is a proposed change to Minnesota’s state constitution that would deem access to quality public education a fundamental right to all children. It is designed to be a catalyst for much-needed change in Minnesota to improve our persistent education gaps. State lawmakers in both the House and Senate must first  pass the amendment before it is added as a statewide November ballot.

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/

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