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ST. PAUL, Minn. Dec. 4, 2015 – Education Minnesota President Denise Specht released the following statement in response to the announcement Friday of four winners of state grants for full-service community schools.

“Full-service community schools in Minnesota, and around the country, have a track record of improving student achievement and parent engagement,” Specht said. “It’s great to see four more Minnesota schools bring this strategy to their neighborhoods. Congratulations to all the educators and parents involved!”

During the previous session, the Legislature appropriated $500,000 over the biennium for site coordinators for full-service community schools. The Minnesota Department of Education announced Friday it had approved the grant applications for four schools. They are:

  • Lincoln Park Middle, Duluth Public Schools
  • Gage Elementary, Rochester Public Schools 
  • Richard Green Elementary Central Park, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Earle Brown Elementary, Brooklyn Center Public Schools

The department said it received grant applications for 12 schools at a total cost of more than $1 million a year.

“The demand for this proven strategy for addressing the opportunity gaps facing Minnesota students of color and students in poverty is greater than the available funding,” Specht said. “We’re asking lawmakers to tap the $1.9 billion budget surplus to pay for the ‘shovel-ready’ projects the department couldn’t fund this year, and to expand the concept even further.”

On Thursday, Education Minnesota released a new report documenting the successes of two full-service community schools in Minnesota, one in Duluth and one in Brooklyn Center. The full report and a one-page summary are available on the Education Minnesota website by following the links on the front page or in the “advocacy” section.

About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.