The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools invites all Minnesota charter schools to apply for the first Charter School Innovation Awards Program—created to showcase some of the most innovative practices being used in the state's charter schools. The Innovation Awards carry five $1,000 cash awards.
MN was first to approve school chartering as a strategy for improving public education—this less regulated sector was to provide a space to try innovative strategies for teaching, learning and school organization. Now, 25 years in, we thought it helpful to provide a 10,000-foot overview of the sector today.
On June 1, Governor Dayton signed HF 2749 into law—a supplementary appropriations bill that included $500,000 for grants to groups of teachers to design and plan “teacher-governed” schools within school districts.
On May 18, two of our teacher-powered ambassadors sat down for tea with U.S. Secretary of Education, John King to discuss teacher leadership. One of those teachers, Jeff Austin, summarized their conversation in this post on the U.S. Department of Education blog.
Having good definitions of the terms "student achievement" and "school quality" is important in our nation's quest to improve public education. But the two terms are often defined too simply, too narrowly, too controversially. This working memo puts forth our own deeper and broader definitions of these two important terms.