MinnPost has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bush Foundation for two years of support of our K-12 education reporting and analysis.
The grant is one of 12 given under a new Bush program of education ecosystem grants, which the foundations says is designed to “help create the environment for the education initiatives of others to succeed … by creating access to critical data, advancing a favorable policy environment and/or shaping and sharing best practices.” MinnPost was the only media organization to receive one of the grants.
The Bush Foundation is currently funding MinnPost’s K-12 education coverage under a one-year grant, so the education ecosystem grant will extend Bush’s support for two more years. That coverage is spearheaded by reporter Beth Hawkins, with assistance from MinnPost’s data reporting team. Hawkins reports regularly on best practices in education, as well as the politics and policy of education practice and reform.
“Efforts toward change in education happen within an interrelated organizational ecosystem,” said Kayla Yang-Best, the Foundation’s education director. “Through this program, we want to create the most favorable environment possible for education initiatives — including those of the Bush Foundation — to succeed in improving education outcomes.”
Here is a complete list of the recipients, each of which has been awarded $200,000 over two years:
- Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (Sturgis, SD)
- Charter School Partners (Minneapolis, MN)
- Education Transformation Initiative (Minneapolis, MN)
- Educators 4 Excellence – MN (Minneapolis, MN)
- Generation Next (Minneapolis, MN)
- MinnCAN (Minneapolis, MN)
- Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc. (Saint Paul, MN)
- MinnPost.com (Minneapolis, MN)
- Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis, MN)
- Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (Saint Paul, MN)
- Students for Education Reform (New York, NY)
- Think Small (Saint Paul, MN)