Minnesota’s stubborn achievement gap for students of color was the topic of a day-long symposium Friday at the State Capitol. Minneapolis Democrat Jim Davnie:
“As a state we need to do better. We can’t do that until we look clearly at who’s succeeding, who’s not (and) what we can do to change that.”
Republicans respond Democrats are just “admiring” the problem and Minnesota needs solutions. Maple Grove Representative Kristin Robbins says since 2003 Minnesota has spent 103 billion dollars on education, but as far as literacy goes:
“We have not moved the needle.”
Former Supreme Court Justice Alan Page is spearheading a push for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee all children the right to a quality public education. Opponents warn it would expose the state to a flurry of lawsuits.