For Immediate Release
February 16, 2021
Contact: Samantha Hanson
What They Are Saying: Page Amendment Partners Celebrate Introduction in House of Representatives
The bipartisan education policy was introduced in the House to robust support.
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Yesterday, State Representative Hodan Hassan, Vice Chair of the Education Policy Committee, introduced HF 874 to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, a bill to amend the Minnesota state constitution to enumerate a civil right for all Minnesota children to quality public education.
The bill introduction was met with enthusiasm from a number of Page Partners, the individuals and organizations supporting the Page Amendment. See what they are saying:
We are excited to see the #PageAmendment introduced at the state legislature today. The first-of-its-kind, bipartisan public education policy will set a new standard for public education in Minnesota, boosting children’s education outcomes! #mnleg
We’re proud to support @PageAmendmentMN, a bipartisan effort to provide all children with a civil right to quality public education. The amendment will serve as a catalyst for change; positive K-12 outcomes = more positive social, civic & economic outcomes for ALL.
Standing up for education justice. Education Justice is social justice! The ark of the moral universe is bending. Thank you @RepHassan, @ronkresha, @RepSamanthaVang, @Cmarianirosa, @Jonkoznick. @mnleg, @PageAmendmentMN @PageEdFdn.
See news coverage:
WCCO-TV: Public Education As A Civil Right: Renewed Push For Page Amendment At The Capitol
KSTP-TV: Page Education Amendment gets new push in Minn. Legislature
WCCO-AM: Rep. Ron Kresha on the Page Amendment and education in Minnesota
Bring Me The News: Page Amendment: Push to change constitution to close education gaps returns to MN Capitol
The Page Amendment is a proposed constitutional amendment that has bipartisan support in the House. The amendment also has the support of Justice Alan Page, whom the legislation is named for, as well as the Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Attorney General Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Parent Union, ten tribal nations, and numerous other parent, students, educators, and nonprofit, business, and education leaders.
Minnesota’s education gaps have only widened due to hybrid and distance learning. Research indicates that Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and lower-income students were hit the hardest by learning loss. The statewide public education system is now in crisis.
Once the amendment passes the state Senate and House of Representatives, it must be approved by Minnesotans in a statewide general election to become law.
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/.