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

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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