Nationally, as well as in Minnesota, chartered schools struggle to find and secure appropriate facilities. Many philanthropic and business groups have begun to recognize the lack of appropriate charter facilities as a significant problem, and are lending their resources accordingly.
Seven new chartered schools will open in Minnesota this fall as three chartered schools close. Four of the new charters will be STEM-focused; all will start as elementary schools, with five planning on eventually growing to be K-12.
On July 21st FUSE Charter School was announced as one of fifty finalists for one of at least five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project Competition. Winners will be notified August 4th and announced to the public in mid-September.
A new section of our website with resources on Minnesota state policies that can help enable school districts to innovate with learning. Includes info on site-governed schools, the new teacher-governed grants program, and more.
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.