I can't think of anything that impacts the success or failure of our city more than the education of our children. And nothing impacts the education of our children more than the quality of our Minneapolis Public Schools. While the last 20 years has seen public schools close around the city, in the 3rd Ward we opened one. Working in collaboration with invested parents and the Minneapolis School Board, we reopened Webster Elementary School, which is now experiencing award-winning success.
A consistent partnership between our public schools and our city is not only desired - it's essential. So I signed on early to chair the Vote Yes campaign to ensure renewal of 13% of our public school's annual funding, and that advocacy will continue in the mayor's office. It used to be that the mayor would meet with the school board on a near monthly basis, and we must to bring this collaboration back. Our branches of local government cannot operate in silos any longer. Being an effective mayor requires building a coalition, and that requires working with our independent school and park board.
Additionally, we must provide children with the vocational skill necessary to land a job upon graduation, even without a college education. In addition to traditional trade skills like painting and welding, our children can learn coding beginning at a very young age. And with time, our city will have earned a valuable worker and a young adult will have access to a well-paying job.