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SF 3977

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2020 04:35pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, article XIII, section 1;
providing for a fundamental right to quality public education for all children.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
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new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the amendment
is adopted, article XIII, section 1, will read:
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Section 1.

deleted text begin The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the
intelligence of the people, it is the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform
system of public schools. The legislature shall make such provisions by taxation or otherwise
as will secure a thorough and efficient system of public schools throughout the state.
deleted text end new text begin All
children have a fundamental right to a quality public education that fully prepares them
with the skills necessary for participation in the economy, our democracy, and society, as
measured against uniform achievement standards set forth by the state. It is a paramount
duty of the state to ensure quality public schools that fulfill this fundamental right.
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Sec. 2. new text beginSUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
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new text begin (a) The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2020 general election.
The question submitted must be:
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new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that all children have a
fundamental right to a quality public education and establish that quality public schools are
a paramount duty of the state?
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new text begin Yes .
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new text begin No .
new text end
new text begin "
new text end

new text begin (b) The title required under Minnesota Statutes, section 204D.15, subdivision 1, for the
question submitted to the people under paragraph (a) shall be: "Equal Right to Quality Public
Education Amendment."
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