On behalf of the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) Board of Directors and staff I am sorry to announce today the closure of the Urban League Academy (ULA) at the end of the 2014-15 school year, effective June 5, 2015. This is a sad day for our students and their families, staff and the community. The ULA has been a caring and encouraging place for our extraordinary students; our dedicated and talented staff has provided an environment of support and high expectations.
MUL has operated the Urban League Academy in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for over forty years. Unfortunately, funds to educate ULA students have not kept up with costs. The MUL has absorbed operating losses from ULA each of the past several years. In April, the MUL board agreed to lease its school building located on 22nd St. and Blaisdell to a startup charter school, which will provide revenue to the MUL. A search for an alternative location for ULA proved unsuccessful.
The MUL and MPS will offer assistance to parents and students to identify school options for the 2015-16 academic year. MUL and MSP staffs also are available to address other questions about the transition and make service referrals. ULA teachers and staff will be focused on teaching and assuring academic success for all our students for the remainder of this school year and we encourage students, parents and family members to share in that commitment.
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The MUL will continue to advocate for educational equity. In the coming months we will explore strategies and develop options for new educational services, particularly for students who struggle to succeed in a traditional school setting. We thank you for choosing the Urban League Academy and wish you success in your future endeavors.