Ted Kolderie

Co-Founder and Senior Fellow

Ted Kolderie has worked on system questions and with legislative policy in different areas of public life: urban and metropolitan affairs and public finance through the 1960s and '70s. He is most recognized nationally for his work on K-12 education policy and innovation, which he has focused on since the early 1980s. Ted was instrumental in the design and passage of the nation’s first charter school law in Minnesota in 1991, and has since worked on the design and improvement of charter legislation in over seventeen states. He has written about the charter idea and its progress in a variety of publications, and is the author of “The Split Screen Strategy: How to Turn Education Into a Self-Improving System” (Beaver's Pond Press, 2015).

A graduate of Carleton College and of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University, Ted was previously executive director of the Twin Cities Citizens League, a reporter and editorial writer for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based group of thought leaders in education reform.

E|E leaders have been instrumental in innovations such as open enrollment and school choice, the nation's first charter school law, and teachers in professional partnerships.

E|E works to convince those who make and influence policy that America's success depends on creating radically different and better ways for young people to learn and for teachers to work.

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