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Corporations give $13 million to Minneapolis schools

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.”

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