Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies

Advocacy

Update (Aug. 17, 2017):
We are currently in the middle of the public comment period on the Minnesota state plan to implement ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). The plan does not currently include specific mention of social studies education.

Please read the plan, and share your comments on the MDE website no later than Aug. 31. Also consider attending a public meeting with the Commissioner.

What is the difference between ESSA and HR 610, proposed federal education legislation? Jessica Ellison shares the basics of both (beware bouncy filming, courtesy of Jessica's nine-year-old daughter.)


Specific social studies funding is included in the education bill  (Sections 2231, 2232, and 2233) that was negotiated in conference, between the House and the Senate. Contact information for members of Congress is listed below.

Department of Education ESSA website

Every Student Succeeds Act (passed December 2015)

Senate version, "Every Child Achieves Act" (passed July 2015)

House version, "Student Success Act" (passed July 2015)

Resource: Recorded webinar on advocacy from National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Senator Al Franken

E-mail Sen. Franken

  • St. Paul Office: 60 East Plato Blvd., Suite 220, St. Paul MN 55107;(651) 221-1016
  • D.C. Office: 309 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510; (202) 224-5641
  • Twitter: @alfranken
  • Franken's website

Senator Amy Klobuchar

E-mail Sen. Klobuchar

  • Twin Cities Office: 1200 Washington Ave. S, Room 250, Minneapolis MN 55415; 612-727-5220
  • D.C. Office: 302 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510; 202-224-3244 
  • Twitter: @AmyKlobuchar
  • Klobuchar's website

1st District -- Rep. Tim Walz

E-mail Rep. Walz

  • Mankato Office: 527 1/2 S Front St., Mankato MN 56001; 507-388-2149
  • D.C. Office: 1034 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC, 20515; 202-225-2472
  • Twitter: @RepTimWalz
  • Walz's website

2nd District -- Rep. Jason Lewis

E-mail Rep. Lewis

  • Burnsville Office: 2805 Cliff Rd., Suite 200, Burnsville 55337
  • D.C. Office: 418 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2271
  • Twitter: @RepJasonLewis
  • Lewis's website

3rd District -- Rep. Erik Paulsen

E-mail Rep. Paulsen

  • Eden Prairie Office: 250 Prairie Center Dr., Suite 230, Eden Prairie MN 55344; 952-405-8510
  • D.C. Office: 127 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2871
  • Twitter: @RepErikPaulsen
  • Paulsen's website

4th District -- Rep. Betty McCollum

E-mail Rep. McCollum

  • St. Paul Office: 165 Western Ave. N, Suite 17, St. Paul MN 55102; 651-224-9191
  • D.C. Office: 2256 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-6631
  • Twitter: @bettymccollum04
  • McCollum's website

5th District -- Rep. Keith Ellison

E-mail Rep. Ellison

  • Minneapolis Office: 2100 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis MN 55411; 612-522-1212
  • D.C. Office: 2263 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-4755
  • Twitter: @KeithEllison
  • Ellison's website

6th District -- Rep. Tom Emmer

E-mail Rep. Emmer

  • Otsego Office: 9201 Quaday Ave. NE, Suite 206, Otsego MN 55330; 763-241-6848
  • D.C. Office: 503 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2331
  • Twitter: @RepTomEmmer
  • Emmer's website

7th District -- Rep. Collin Peterson

E-mail Rep. Peterson

  • Marshall Office: 1420 East College Dr. SW/WC, Marshall MN 56258; 507-537-2299
  • D.C. Office: 2204 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2165
  • Twitter: @CollinPeterson
  • Peterson's website

8th District -- Rep. Rick Nolan

E-mail Rep. Nolan

  • Duluth Office: 11 E. Superior St., #125, Duluth MN 55802; 218-464-5095
  • D.C. Office: 2366 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-6211
  • Twitter: @USRepRickNolan
  • Nolan's website


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