For Immediate Release
May 4, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
Page Amendment Celebrates National Teacher Day With Current and Former Teachers, Coalition Members
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Today, the Page Amendment is celebrating National Teacher Day with a social media campaign featuring current and former teachers that support the amendment. National Teacher Day is a holiday to appreciate and celebrate the contributions of teachers.
“A teacher is one of the most important adults in a child’s life. A good teacher can do wonders for a child. But, one or ten or one hundred good teachers cannot change the bad disparities in Minnesota public schools”, said Nevada Littlewolf, Our Children MN executive director and campaign manager. “Months of hybrid and distance learning have been tough, and with worsening education gaps, teachers are working inside of a broken public education system. The Page Amendment supports all teachers and their right to be involved in education policy. Hearing from coalition members today shows that they want to be involved, too.”
“I have taught the fifth grade and worked as both a public school principal and superintendent. In each role, the environmental factors were the same. Education disparities were rampant and teachers were working overtime to address them,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Our Children MN board member, Minnesota State University, Mankato professor and former superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. “Someone once said that teachers are the foot soldiers of democracy. They are the single profession that is responsible for opening up opportunities for a child, but their jobs have become harder and harder. Education disparities are still rampant and teachers are still working to address them. We must honor their work by fixing the public education system.”
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/.