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MN Private Childcare to Become All Public: Parent Aware Component Pushes Tax Payer Subsidizing of Private Business

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Minnesota Private Childcare to Become Public  

Parent Aware Component Pushes Tax Payer Subsidizing of Private Business

 Great Start & Senate Clones Do the Work of the Constitutional Amendment

Is it just possible that the Parent Aware system has been the catalyst to do away with non-public childcare and preschools in America? Remember that the Parent Aware system (QRIS) is a federally-devised program which our state adopted.  The optimum 4-stars were automatically given to the public schools venues and big chain centers immediately. No questions asked. (Read HF 1, Great Start, Article 2, to see the similarities between the Great Start and the Constitutional Amendment at the bottom of the article.)

The home-based and small centers were put on the slow path, receiving immediate 2 and 3 stars and forced to wait a few years for a better rating. Can you imagine? We’ve seen the damage to the private childcare industry with our own eyes as it declined 37% from 2012 to 2017. Truth is, they’re not hiding it anymore!

Within HF 1 and SF 3606 – Sens. Nelson, Relph, Wiger – some legislators apparently desire a complete takeover the private childcare market. The legislature has announced we have a “crisis,” which is one of their own making! The legislature now moves to “fix it.” Do you see how this works? (Sen. Nelson’s SF 3606 will be heard in Sen. Abeler’s, Health & Human Resources Committee, Monday, March 16th.) Let us hope forward motion on these bills slow down!

 New language clearly demonstrates that the legislature is locking down Parent Aware as a permanent fixture here in Minnesota. But why? Here you see Parent Aware is no longer a framework but a permanent, established program.


  • Subdivision 1, System established. (a) There is established a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) framework, known as Parent Aware, to ensure that Minnesota’s children have access to high-quality early learning and care programs in a range of settings so that they are fully ready for kindergarten by 2020. Creation of a

As parent aware becomes a permanent program, additional components of the system are also made permanent. Here is the language that will INCREASINGLY remove private childcare in our state. What is the meaning of “increase”? Will this occur quickly and how quickly? Regardless of the timeline, this is NOT a good measure.

  • (2) (3) a tool to increase the number of publicly funded and regulated early learning and care services in both public and private market programs that are high quality.;

PUBLIC SCHOOL will be increasingly the ONLY OPTION available to parents and kids in the early learning and care services.


 Taxpayers, this is you!! You are going to now fund (increasingly) all of the private childcare market as well as the public!

If the private childcare market is transformed into public childcare, can we assume that K-12 might not be too far away? In the end, EDUCATION BECOMES ALL PUBLIC! In the end, EDUCATION IS WHOLLY OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT!

I. Do you remember that the Constitutional Amendment embedded a fundamental right to make all education high-quality public education?

 What else would become permanent? Direct statements from the federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (2011) grant. Article 2, Subd. 2 (2), Line 3.19, pg 3.

  • (2) a framework shall be based on the Minnesota quality rating system rating tool and a common set of child outcome and program standards and informed by evalution results;

This “common set of child outcomes and program standards” refers to the Common Core Standards for birth to 5.

 II. Do you remember that the Constitutional Amendment embedded the “achievement standards” which are the Common Core Standards? Are you connecting dots?

 What else?

If a childcare business voluntarily chooses to participate in Parent Aware, their families can access CCAP and Early Learning Scholarship monies. But if you’re not in Parent Aware, nope! Parent Aware is just that important.

 Under the guise of a “high-quality” rating system, Parent Aware is being used to embed the Common Core Standards into our Minnesota Early Learning Laws and increasingly transform all private childcare to public. What effect will this have on homeschoolers?

(4) voluntary participation so that if a program or provider chooses to participate, the program or provider will be rated and may receive public funding associated with the rating. The state shall develop a plan to link future early learning and care state funding to the framework in a manner that complies with federal requirements; and

Line 3.25 and 3.26 includes some language they are striking re: our state’s federal compliance.

At what point must all childcare small businesses have a 3 or 4 star-rating for families to receive grant money?  2022! It was supposed to be this year. That day is coming!


  • Subdivision 4 (2) beginning July 1, 2020 2022 have a three-or-four-star rating in the quality rating and improvement system.


Tracking! Article 2, Subd 2 (5), Line 3.27, pg. 3

  • (3) (5) tracking progress toward statewide access to high-quality early learning and care programs, progress toward the number of low-income children whose parents can access quality programs, and progress toward increasing the number of children who are fully prepared to enter kindergarten.

What are they tracking? The increase in the number of low-income families enrolling their children into Parent Aware programs AND the increase of all families in Parent Aware programs.

The legislature wants to track increases in Parent Aware -enrolled programs which evidently will all be public shortly.

 III. Do you remember that the Constitutional Amendment requires that all schools must offer a “high-quality” public school education? What if a child or parent purports their education experience to be less than “high-quality”? The schools and quite possibly the teachers will be sued!

House File 1 and Senate File 3606 (Great Start) are very dangerous bills that remove private childcare increasingly replacing with public education.  Additionally, this section seeks to embed Common Core Standards into the Birth to 5 realm, track the increase of families enrolling in Parent Aware childcare

Neither the Amendment nor Great Start will close the achievement gap. HF 1:

SF 3606:

Whether taking the accelerated route by adopting a Constitutional Amendment or taking the near-accelerated route with Great Start, some Minnesota legislators are making it clear, “We seek to remove educational options and We’re coming for your children!”




ALERT!!! Minnesota seeks to make all education public through legislation

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Great Start and the Constitutional Amendment!! They are more the same than not!!!

Re: HF 1 Great Start for All Minnesota Children and SF 3606 in the Senate.

Our report is due out tonight on the Parent Aware system and it’s established permanency within HF 1 and SF 3606. We know HF 1 will be passed. It is Governor Tim Walz’s big priority.  Alert! SF 3606 gets a hearing on Monday, March 16th.

BIG NEWS!! one of Parent Aware’s components seeks to “increasing fund and regulate BOTH public and private schools.”  Note: SF 299 was passed last year to make K-12 schools part of the QRIS system with star ratings.

SF 3606 is authored by Senator Carla Nelson; co-authored by Jerry Relph and Charles Wiger. This bill will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee, Senator Jim Abeler, chair.

The is government taking power unto themselves. Expect a major alert out by tonight!


Constitutional Amendment on Schools Won’t Help, Will Hurt

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Constitutional Amendment on Schools Won’t Help, Will Hurt

Katherine Kerstin writes a strong argument in opposition to the Constitutional Amendment, “Equal Right to a Quality Public School Education.”

“The amendment’s noble-sounding, aspirational language is appealing at first glance. It purports to give “all children” a “fundamental right” to a “quality public education” that “fully prepares them” for “participation in the economy, our democracy, and society.””

“The amendment carries such potential for mischief, in part, because it would create a “positive” right. It would not just limit government power, as a right to free speech does, but would require the state to guarantee that every child achieve a specific educational outcome. That’s like purporting to give all children a constitutional right “to be a successful high school athlete” or “to have a happy, healthy life.”

Read more.

MACC March 6, 2020 Testimony

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March 6, 2020 Minnesota Senate E-12 Committee

Evidently there were so many testifiers opposing the Constitutional Amendment that many did not have the opportunity to speak. This testimony has been sent to the committee.

Linda Bell

Minnesota Advocates & Champions for Children

Senate E-12 Policy & Finance Committee

March 6, 2020

 Madam Chair and Committee Members,

My name is Linda Bell and I represent Minnesota Advocates & Champions for Children with a membership of just over 8,000 volunteer grassroots citizens who are passionate about education, children and families.  

MACC completely agrees that the educational achievement gap in Minnesota must be remedied. We’ve been talking about the gaps for a very, very long time and we can see, there has been no success. However, we just don’t believe that this Constitutional Amendment is the way to go about it.

We have a number of questions and concerns about the Amendment. When you study the original Constitution and the Amendment side-by-side, one quickly sees how much we have to lose with the Amendment.

The very first statement includes “all children”. All children means all children. All children will be included in the constitutional amendment. It does not state “all public school children”, it states all children.

The amendment seeks to change the purpose of education from academics and skills to solely skills training. The children most affected by the achievement gap need solid instruction in academics to be informed, literate and educated citizens. We must not remove the phrase, “the stability of a republic depends mainly upon the intelligence of the citizenry”. The new language sounds quite ominous.

The Amendment seeks to remove “the legislature”, as the duly elected group responsible for education, and hands this responsibility over to the “the state,” a broader category.

The author of the Amendment/bill is intentionally using the Amendment to change our state from a republic to a democracy. No where in the Amendment is republic mentioned, as in the original, but democracy most certainly is. According to the explanation and intent given by the author, they state, “A democracy elevates the obligation of the state,” meaning a democracy increases the power of the state.  If the state seeks to take more power unto itself, whom does it remove power from? From parents. This Amendment seeks to remove parental rights and likely has broader implications.

The Amendment seeks to remove educational options within our constitution by stating, “Every child has a fundamental right to a public school education”.  “Every child means Every child” just like “All means All”. The Amendment is stating that all children are a part of this “fundamental right to a public school education.” Considering the changes coming through House File 1 and Senate File 3606 and others in the Senate, we know that in the section on Parent Aware establishment, the legislature moves to “increase funding and regulations” over “both public and private schools” essentially forcing taxpayers to subsidize all schools.  All schools will be same under HF 1/SF 3606 in the same way that they will all be the same under the Amendment.

Lastly, the Amendment seeks to take state authority of the achievement standards, Common Core in English, College & Career Ready Standards in Math, which are also federal and United Nations standards. By embedding standards and curriculum into our Constitution, the state will dictate the curriculum in every district and non-public school.

MACC opposes the Constitutional Amendment because it does nothing to fix the achievement gap. In fact, the amendment lowers educational achievement expectations by removing academics all together. Indeed, the entire intent of the Amendment is to remove parental rights, the legislator’s role in education, academics for skills while linking Common Core standards into our Constitution and replacing our republic with a democracy. This Amendment is one that must never see the light of day again. 

Thank you.