The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is getting $28 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhood Grant initiative. NAZ was one of 230 organizations nationwide that applied for the Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant.
The U.S. Department of Education announced that NAZ was one of only five programs to be awarded in this round of Promise Neighborhood funding. The announcement was made in a press conference Monday at Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School 1601 Aldrich Av. N.
Assistant Deputy Education Secretary Jim Shelton of the U.S. Department of Education delivered the news to a packed audience of education stakeholders and policymakers. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator Al Franken, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson joined NAZ CEO, Sondra Samuels in accepting the award.