Minnesota Council 
for the Social Studies


Update (May 11, 2021):

The House and Senate education bills (HF1065 and SF960) are in conference committee, where conferees discuss the bills' differences and try to reconcile into one bill. Several elements impact social studies. Look at this document comparing the two, and then contact your elected officials. If your elected officials are part of the conference committee, it's even more critical that you reach out. The session ends on May 17, so act soon!

Need help connecting with your state elected officials? Check out MCSS's brief list of suggestions for making your case to state senators and representatives. 

MCSS Statement on Teaching History and Social Studies (September 18, 2020)

The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies rejects any effort by the federal government to equate the teaching of the complex American story to “child abuse,” or to dictate a US history curriculum that neglects to analyze our nation’s complicity in oppression. 

We reject any statement that accuses our educators of harming children with knowledge. Teachers are professionals and experts in their fields who care deeply about their students. They are lifelong learners who consistently sharpen their craft, including the incorporation of nuanced historical evidence that reflects the beautiful diversity of our children.

Our shared history in this country was experienced differently, depending on individuals’ race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, place of birth, religion, and many other factors. To ignore or erase the experiences of those not in the seats of power is harmful. Good social studies instruction does not focus solely on a single narrative. Good social studies instruction teaches students to be critical consumers of information, to engage with multiple perspectives, and to ensure that students are empowered to ask questions and analyze evidence to solve problems. Good social studies is the inclusion of a more complete narrative.

The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies stands behind our educators and will continue to advocate for inclusive social studies, with the understanding that showing love for our country means insisting that we learn from our past and strive to be better.

Contact information for Members of Congress

Senator Tina Smith

E-mail Sen. Smith

  • 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: @SenTinaSmith
  • Smith'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. Brad Finstad
E-mail Rep. Finstad

  • Mankato Office: 11 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 301, Mankato MN 56001; 
  • D.C. Office: 325 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC, 20515; 202-225-2472
  • Twitter: @BradFinstad
  • Finstad's website

2nd District -- Rep. Angie Craig
E-mail Rep. Craig

  • Burnsville Office: 12940 Harriet Ave S, Burnsville 55337; 651-846-2120
  • D.C. Office: 1523 Longworth Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2271
  • Twitter: @AngieCraigMN
  • Craig's website

3rd District -- Rep. Dean Phillips
E-mail Rep. Phillips

  • Bloomington Office: 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Civic Plaza 2nd Floor, Bloomington, MN 55431; 952-563-4593
  • D.C. Office: 1305 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2871
  • Twitter: @DeanBPhillips
  • Phillip'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. Ilhan Omar
E-mail Rep. Omar

  • Minneapolis Office: 404 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-333-1272
  • D.C. Office: 1517 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-4755
  • Twitter: @IlhanMN
  • Omar'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. MIchelle Fischbach
E-mail Rep. Fischbach

  • Willmar Office: 2211 1st St., Suite 190, WIllmar MN 56201; 320-403-6100
  • D.C. Office: 1237 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-2165
  • Twitter: @FischbachMN7
  • Fischbach's website

8th District -- Rep. Pete Stauber
E-mail Rep. Stauber

  • Duluth Office:  5094 Miller Trunk Highway, Suite 900, Hermantown, MN 55811; 218-
  • D.C. Office: 126 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; 202-225-6211
  • Twitter: @PeteStauber
  • Stauber's website

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