A Minnesota Senate committee on Monday reviewed continued problems with overall student test scores plus the “achievement gap” affecting children of color — but steered clear of a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee all children the right to a quality public education.   Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said he knows it wasn’t the topic of the hearing…

…”but we do think elevating education so that it’s a civil right for all Minnesota children would be a way of breaking through.”

Former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page told lawmakers:

“We can’t afford, I don’t think, to continue to allow what’s happening, to happen.”

But Education Minnesota teachers union president Denise Specht warns:

“What this proposed amendment does, is it removes the mandate for the state to pay for public education.”