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Raise our Standards!

Every 10 years, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) revises K-12 academic standards. This year is social studies' turn. The first draft, released in December 2020, is very concerning.

Through the Raise Our Standards campaign, concerned Minnesotans submitted over 5,000 public comments to the Social Studies Standards Committee. That is over 80% of the public feedback received!

During the committee's first public meeting following the comment period, an MDE director called the input "white supremacy language" and another committee member wondered if they should do a "select-all delete" to the comments.

On June 10, 2020, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) tore down the statue of Christopher Columbus on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol during a protest.

The Walz administration knew about the protest in advance and was warned the statue might be torn down but did nothing to stop it.

Tell Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan to restore the Columbus statue.