Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic, Target dumping millions of dollars into Minneapolis schools

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So is this what Pam Costain had up her sleeve when she relinquished her seat on the Minneapolis school board?

The organization she spearheads, AchieveMPLS, was evidently the driving force behind a multimillion dollar gift to Minneapolis Public Schools from the foundations related to Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic and Target.

MPS isn't revealing the precise dollar amount of the seven-figure gift ahead of a press conference Monday with Costain, superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, Mayor R.T. Rybak and representatives of the corporations involved.

But the district remains in near-crisis mode over dwindling enrollment and finances. It went through a tumultuous year of school closures and reorganization. And it recently discovered that the Legislature was cutting $27 million in state aid this year -- and nasty slice out of a $650 million budget. So every little bit helps.

Costain left her school board seat last June to take over as CEO of AchieveMPLS.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Minneapolis school district saw an increase in budget for fiscal year 2011 of 14.7 million due to wages and benefits of it's teachers and it's staff.

A 14.7 million dollar increase ONLY for wages and benefits?At a time when our President call for "shared sacrifice"?Hey Teachers Unions; do you feel as if your exempt for the "shared sacrifice"?

It's time for all to stand up to this type of personal "greed" that hurts children.

I watched the Capital testimony by the Minneapolis School district leaders last month.They said the unions would not negotiate over demands for increases in pay.They stated that they gave them exactly what the Unions asked for.

Good thing for the kind "unforced" hearts of big business in Minnesota. But that's this year. Union greed is insufferable and WILL continueWait for the levy next year to support the greed...

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