Youth 2030 project

The Youth 2030 project was launched on Monday, September 24, at the 73rd UN General Assembly. The goal of the project is to make sure every young person is empowered so they can reach their full potential and to protect human rights of the youth. Youth 2030 is a framework to assist the UN towards their 3 pillars: peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development. The UN aims to strengthen the engagement of young people and to benefit from their ideas and views.

For their goal, the UN has come up with 5 priorities which are to: amplify youth voices to promote a peaceful and sustainable world, support young peoples’ access to quality education and health services, support young peoples’ greater access to decent work, protect and promote the rights of young people and support their political engagement, and support young people as activists for peace and security.

Separate from the Youth 2030 project, the UN has also launched Generation Unlimited. It’s a project that mainly focuses on young peoples’ access to better education, receiving employability skills, and empowerment.

Today in the world, there are about 1.8 billion young people between 10 and 24 years old, with nearly 60% living in developing countries. Many do not enter or complete secondary education, and don’t acquire the skills they need to get jobs, which puts their future at risk. By 2030, the UN wants to make sure that every young person has access to education, learning, and employment.

SPPS school budget referendum

By: Vivian S

This year, the St. Paul Public School District has placed on the ballot a referendum on raising the property tax levy to increase the district’s budget. The referendum will increase the amount of money the district receives per pupil from $704.52 to $1179.52. The estimated tax impact on an average homeowner would be $11 more per month.

If voters approve the referendum, the money will be used to: boost achievement, improve mental health, foster social-emotional learning, and help middle schools better prepare kids for high school. It will limit additional budget cuts. The district has already cut more than $50 million over the past three years.

If voters do not pass the referendum, the district might have to: cut programs for students that need help with basic academic skills, cut staff and other programs, and cut support staff (custodial, clerical, etc.). Most likely, they would start by cutting the electives and after-school programs.

SPPS has a strategic plan they wish to implement: they want to help English Language Learners more, assist students receiving special education, improve kindergarten readiness, help students grow academically in reading and math, and prepare everyone for college and life. They also wish to decrease the disparity of achievement based on race, culture, ethnicity, and identity.

SPPS is currently facing a $17.2 million budget shortfall, and they are not alone in their budget troubles. Minneapolis Public Schools are also trying to push through their own referendum for similar reasons. Up to now, no agreement has been made on how to handle the shortfall. One thing is clear, though: our schools need more money to operate.

SPPS, although the second largest school district in Minnesota, receives about $320 per student less than the metro district average. SPPS says they need this referendum because the state, which provides the majority of school funding, has not kept up with inflation and the needs of schools, which has put strain on the operating budget and caused the school system to rely on operating levies for many critical functions. The second largest amount of money that schools receive is from local communities, through operating levies like this one.

SPPS maintains they spend money wisely: they spend less on district administration and more on classrooms. Schools are an important part of many childrens’ lives, and the school system needs more money to give them the best education.

For more information about this topic, please visit:

https://www.spps.org/referendum2018