ST. PAUL — In response to Education Minnesota President Denise Specht’s opposition to a Constitutional Amendment proposed by Justice Alan Page and Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari to guarantee a quality public education to students in Minnesota, Reps. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, Republican Leads on the House Education Finance and Policy Divisions, issued the following statement.
"It’s no surprise the leader of Education Minnesota has chosen a reactionary approach and opposition to a proposal that requires real results for all Minnesota kids in exchange for the billions of dollars we invest in our schools. President Kashkari and Justice Page have provided a penetrating and thorough analysis of the academic performance gaps plaguing our schools. As public servants, we welcome the input and collaboration from thoughtful leaders and look forward to further conversation on their proposal, and we continue to invite their transformative, bold ideas to improve education in our schools across the state.
"Rather than simply pouring money into a system that disproportionately favors Metro School Districts and funding pet pilot projects in St. Paul, we need statewide solutions that improve quality and value a student in Minneola as much as Minneapolis, and see a child born in Sartell given the same opportunities as St. Paul."