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MN Legislature Holds Hearing on ESSA Plan; Some Concerns Remain July 20, 2017

Yesterday, the Minnesota House and Senate’s Education Policy Committees held a joint hearing on the state’s ESSA accountability plan. At the hearing, MDE provided an overview of the plan, which they have developed over the past year in community with a wide variety of stakeholders. Read here for some of the concerns that legislators and testifiers raised.

National Teachers’ Union Adopts New Policy Statement on Charter Schools July 6, 2017

On July 4th, the vast majority of the 7,000 delegates from the National Education Association (NEA) voted to adopt a new charter school policy statement. The new statement is an overhaul of NEA’s former charter school policy statement that they had adopted in 2001. Read more about the statement and the response from NAPCS and NACSA here.

Multilingual Equity Network Provides ESSA Recommendations to MDE June 29, 2017

Over the past 20 years, the number of EL students in Minnesota has increased by 300 percent, making them the state’s fastest growing student group. However, despite the rapid growth, their academic progress, as compared to their non-EL peers, has plateaued. The Minnesota Multilingual Equity Network proposed seven recommendations to MDE for ESSA implementation.

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Education Policy Fellowship Program Web Resource

A nine month fellowship program on state and federal education policy development and leadership, beginning October 2017. Learn more and apply today!

'Charter Schools' Is System Change Memo · June 2017

What most people call 'charter schools' is in fact system change. With a new, second, charter sector, public education can be a self-improving system. Success for the district sector might depend on its picking up innovations from the charter sector. Ted Kolderie explains.

Summaries of States' ESSA Accountability Plans Memo · April 2017

On April 3, 2017, fourteen states and D.C. submitted their draft ESSA state accountability plans. This memo contains one-page summaries of each state's plan, focusing on four primary areas or “big decisions” that ESSA requires each state to address.

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