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School achievement gap discussion visits Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, Alan Page and Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are leading an effort to close the achievement gaps of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic statuses in schools across the state. Minnesota has one of the largest gaps in the nation.

Thursday's discussion was based on the proposal of a constitutional change Page and Kashkari want to pass. It states all children have the fundamental right to a quality public education, and that it's one of the state's top jobs to provide the funds or means to that education.

Proposed Constitutional Ammendment
Proposed Constitution Change

Kashkari says, "We wanted to reach out, Rochester is a very important city in Minnesota, very important community and we wanted to let them know about our proposal and hear their feedback. Obviously people here care about education, we had a great turnout tonight. People were very engaged, asked really good questions and I think they walked away very supportive of what we're trying to do."

Page and Kashkari hope the amendment gets passed this year and are encouraged by the momentum they've seen behind the change so far.

Zach Fuller

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