Investing in our Future

Growing up on the Eastside attending Minneapolis Public Schools, I realized early on that it's up to the entire community to make sure our teachers have the resources they need so our students have the opportunities they deserve. Education has been a top priority for me throughout my entire life in public service because of that experience. Strong communities mean strong schools and strong schools mean strong communities.

It is no secret that Minneapolis Public Schools have some of the largest disparities between white children and children of color in the country. Part of the problem is the uneven opportunities in our city of programs and infrastructure beyond the bare minimum and unfunded mandates from higher levels of government. That’s why from day one, I’ve been committed to working with our community to break the trend on the Eastside. Here are some of the things we’ve done together since I’ve served as your Council Member:

  • Facilitated the partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to make the Edison High School athletic field the greenest high school field in the state and a test model for other youth fields in the system.

  • Brought Minneapolis Public Schools, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), Sundial Solar, Xcel Energy, Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) and local artists together to secure resources to install solar panels at the Edison High School Community Plaza, construct a new concessions building, build the sculptural fence and field entryway, and establish the community garden. These combined amenities are also designed around an outdoor learning laboratory for Eastside students, a first of its kind in the nation.

  • Completed renovation of the Edison High School parking lot to install stormwater recapture infrastructure, new surface and landscaping, and new signage.

  • Collaborated with Minneapolis Public Schools, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), and the Audubon Neighborhood Association to convert a portion of the Northeast Middle School parking lot into a rain garden and outdoor sustainability laboratory for Northeast Middle School science students.

  • Crafted a partnership between the University of Minnesota, Stantec, and the Edison High School science program to undertake water monitoring studies to measure the effectiveness of the parking lot Swedish Tree Trench, allowing science students to see and participate in live field research at the collegiate level.

  • Built a relationship between Center for Energy & Environment (CEE), Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, and local artist James Brenner to create the Green Light Project – an installation of sculptural street lights working in concert with our community-wide energy usage reduction initiative, which is monitored by the Edison High School science program.

  • Set higher standards for school zoning because every educational institution has the obligation to provide a safe space for our children.

As your Council Member, I will continue to facilitate collaboration with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and neighbors to enhance resources for our local schools and ensure all children in our community and our city have the opportunities they deserve.


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