Law provides: The foundation is a nonprofit organization, the board of which includes the commissioner of education and 20 others representing various education and business groups, by charter from the legislature and through private sector and community-based partnerships. It is a catalyst for advancing student success through high levels of school performance. The foundation challenges students to stretch, achieve and innovate: empowers schools to learn and produce results: and enables K-12 policy and business leaders to support high expectations for school and student achievement. (Minnesota Statures, 124D.94)" Secretary of State Website http://www.sos.state.mn.us/indes.html?page=828
"The Minnesota Academic Excellence foundation (MAEF) is a non-profit organization that promotes academic excellence in Minnesota public and nonpublic schools and communities through public-private partnerships. The MAEF Board of Directors selected the Ethel Curry Scholars based on the scholarship criteria" - Press release from the Minnesota Department of Education
MAEF provides teachers with educational tools; administers the Education Quality Leadership Academy: offers workshops and training sessions to help school leaders improve school performance and presents awards to outstanding students, educators and supporters of education. MAEF is governed by a 21 member board of directors appointed by the Governor of Minnesota.