North Side coalition holds $28M promise for better future

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2011 - 9:52 PM

A north Minneapolis coalition wins a Promise Neighborhoods grant to improve life for residents.

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dentesterDec. 19, 11 2:48 PM

Follow the money. $28 million shouldn't be given to these people because they have a history of pocketing it.

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waddlebackDec. 19, 11 3:19 PM

That's about $5K per kid. Hope someone does a cost/benefit analysis, as well as watching every penny of MY tax money.

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mn_cameraDec. 19, 11 3:28 PM

Well, THAT didn't take long. Do you guys simply not get that investing earlier on means the kids targeted for the programs stand a much better chance of being better educated, more productive adults in a few years? Or is something else behind your supposed concern?

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scott4343Dec. 19, 11 3:36 PM

It all depends on how the money is used. I would hope a good portion of it is used to educate the parents regarding their responsibilities in getting their children to succeed at school. Based on my work experience, too many don't understand that they can have a major impact. Education starts at home - the schools can't do it by themselves! If the parents aren't involved, you'll hear a loud sucking sound -- tax dollars circling the drain.

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joe_mnDec. 19, 11 4:30 PM

They helped 150 families before and now want to help 1200? What was their staff size before? And they will hire how many? Where did theirs funds come from before? Is there a list of admin salaries now and in the next year?

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landolakes99Dec. 19, 11 4:59 PM

NAZ is a fantastic organization. Much of their small staff is made up of people who live in the NAZ - people who wanted to make a difference for their neighbors. It is terrific news for the Northside.

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furguson11Dec. 19, 11 5:47 PM

Hopefully this and the similar St. Paul project works. If not, I'm not sure what's next.

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captainblighDec. 19, 11 7:58 PM

What a colossal waste of money. They "won"? No - we all lost. The federal government giving away our tax dollars for this nonsense is why the country is sucking wind and going bankrupt.

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carl12345Dec. 19, 11 8:27 PM

We keep throwing money at poor neighborhoods (supposedly) and most of it is sucked up by some administrator, fraud, or greed motive. When will someone just hire teachers, (hire?) parents to care for these kids and focus on a real outcome. You can throw all the money in the wind you want, it will fly away in a gust of good intentions, not properly grounded. Hire a teacher, a tutor, provide housing, jobs, feed a kid, arrest the drug bound, we have to stop ignoring problems to address them.

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boyscoutDec. 19, 11 8:49 PM

@ captainblighDec. 19, 11 7:58 PM What a colossal waste of money. They "won"? No - we all lost. The federal government giving away our tax dollars for this nonsense is why the country is sucking wind and going bankrupt. Don't you get it spending the money now will save us money in the future from health care bills and jail time...this is proven time after time....

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