Our grants are funding bike safety and urban exploration, worldwide travel for students of low SES backgrounds, early childhood music programs, and structured, supervised free time equating to a drastic decline in suspensions and improved peer-to-peer relationships.
No matter how you look at the numbers, Minnesota students are falling behind. In 2011, just 45% of Minnesota eighth graders were deemed proficient in science (Star Tribune). And while news sources touted the state’s 67.1% proficiency level in reading, the truth is that only 17% of low-income students passed at this level.
The lack of funding
Even as our students lag behind, schools can’t make ends meet. Lawmakers cut $2.7 billion dollars from Minnesota public schools in 2011 in order to balance the state’s budget. Schools are waiting on funding that isn’t coming.
When funding is down, holistic, consistent learning is impossible. Not only are teachers being laid off in unprecedented numbers, four-day school weeks are being implemented, and special education, music, art and physical education programs are being cut.
At SOS – Save Our Schools, we believe it’s time to trust our educators – and it’s time to get creative. To close the opportunity gap for Minneapolis students, we fund grants directly to schools and educational programs, bridging the gap in before/after programs, core subjects, electives and more.
In our first year of operation, we granted over $15,000 to Minneapolis public schools. Read about how our grants are funding bike safety and urban exploration, worldwide travel for students of low SES backgrounds, early childhood music programs, and structured, supervised free time.