Updated: 08/19/2014 7:35 AM
Created: 08/18/2014 6:12 PM KSTP.com
By: Brad Sattin
As Twin Cities students head back to school in the next two weeks, local education leaders have some homework of their own.
The achievement gap between white and non-white students in Twin Cities schools is one of the highest in the nation. While it is improving, "Generation Next", a coalition of education, business and community leaders, led by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, announced on Monday five steps to reduce the gap.
The goals, along with strategies for reaching them include: getting every child ready for kindergarten by screening all three-year-olds for both health and developmental problems, ensuring that every third grader meets reading proficiency benchmarks and every eight grader meets math benchmarks, and ensuring every child graduates from high school on time and is ready for college or a career.
Target Corporation on Monday announced it is investing $1.1 million into the project. Get more information on the announcement here.