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Repeal the Profile of Learning Lobby Day at the Capitol

January 6, 2003

Repeal the Profile of Learning Lobby Day at the Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 8th, is Lobby Day at the state Capitol in St. Paul to urge legislators to repeal the Profile of Learning and School-to-Work in Minnesota.

"Parents, teachers, students and the public in general oppose what the Profile of Learning has done to education in Minnesota," stated Julie Quist, Vice President of the Maple River Education Coalition in St. Paul. "From the very beginning the Profile has not had the support of the public. It should have been repealed in 1998 before millions of dollars of taxpayer money was wasted on this failed experiment."

The Minnesota House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Profile every year since 1998. In 2001, the Senate came within one vote of also passing a repeal measure.

The Maple River Education Coalition (MREdCo) is a grassroots organization of 30,000 supporters across the state. It was organized in 1998 to oppose the undermining of academics in schools through the Profile of Learning standards. Since then, it has expanded its support network across the country and has also focused on federal legislation.

Lobby Day will begin with a rally at 9:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. At 10:00 a.m. people will begin individual meetings with their elected representatives and senators. Legislators are invited to attend a 3:30 p.m. briefing in the State Office Building adjacent to the Capitol building. Senator Michele Bachmann and Michael Chapman will give a powerpoint presentation on the Profile of Learning/School-to-Work system and a proposal for its replacement.

Lobby Day to Repeal the Profile of Learning is sponsored by the Maple River Education Coalition PAC of St. Paul, Parents Seeking Educational Excellence (PSEE) of Eden Prairie, Minnesota Education Reform of Wayzata, Citizens Awareness of the Restructuring of Education (CARE) of St. Cloud, Taxation and Education Accountability of Minnesota from Rochester, Roseville Parents for Education, and the Long Lake Education Coalition. These organizations will be bringing citizens from around the state to visit with their elected officials and to hand-deliver letters from constituents of their districts who are unable to attend.

Since 1998 opposition to education restructuring through the Profile of Learning and School-to-Work has swelled. Three rallies on the Capitol steps have drawn between 3,000 and 5,000 people.Repeal of the Profile became a top campaign issue for the Governor's race in both 1998 and 2002.

"Clearly, public opposition to the Profile fueled massive legislative changes in 2002," stated Colleen Vaneps of Rochester. "We look forward to repeal of the Profile being an early priority for legislators in 2003. We'll be coming to the Capitol on the 2nd day of the session to remind them to make it their first order of business."

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