Four local major corporations — Cargill, Target, General Mills and Medtronic — have pledged $13 million to help the Minneapolis public schools.
The money will be used for K-12 programs through 2014.
Officials gave these funding priorities:
- Early literacy
- Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
- Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), a national program that helps low-income students and students of color prepare for college
- AchieveMpls Career and College Centers in high schools
- Leadership development for principals and administrators
Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said:
“These corporate citizens are providing a strong national model of how schools and the business community can collaborate to transform public education and provide our students with cutting-edge opportunities and learning tools.”