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MDE Announces Spring 2018 Charter Startup & Replication Grant Winners July 17, 2018

On July 16, MDE announced the seven Minnesota charter schools that were awarded CSP Startup or Replication/Expansion grant. Who are the schools? What is a CSP grant? Read here to find out.

MDE Revamps Report Card and Commits to Equity as it Prepares for ESSA Implementation July 12, 2018

On July 11, the Minnesota Department of Education hosted over 100 people for an update on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. This post provides an overview of the topics discussed at the meeting, as well as the timeline for ESSA implementation.

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 in Favor of Janus. What Are the Implications for Unions? June 27, 2018

On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the state of Illinois. Janus sued his union, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), arguing that he should not have to pay mandatory dues. This post will discuss the Janus case, and how unions—both state and national—have prepared for the ruling.

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Summaries of States' ESSA School Quality/Student Success Measures Memo · June 2018

The School Quality or Student Success (SQ/SS) indicator was one of the most talked about and biggest decisions that fell to the states in drafting their new ESSA accountability plans. This memo summarizes the chosen SQ/SS measures for each state, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Evidence for Student-Centered Learning Report · January 2018

The design of America’s schools needs to shift from adult-centered and standardized to student-centered and individualized. This report examines the academic and historical research that supports the need for the transition to student-centered learning.

A Guide to the Charter Sector of Minnesota Public Education Report · November 2017

In its first twenty-five years, the charter option has spawned a vibrant and growing second sector of public education in Minnesota and around the country. This report takes stock of the sector, and looks at innovations across Minnesota's chartering landscape.

2017 Innovation Zone Law FAQ Memo · June 2018

A 2017 law allows districts and charter schools in Minnesota to form an innovation zone in order to try new approaches to learning that will raise student acheivement. The law provides flexibility from state law and rule to try those innovations.

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