Carol McFarlane

Senior Fellow

Carol retired from the Minnesota Legislature after serving from 2007 – 2012 in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She previously served on the White Bear Lake Area School District Board from 2000-2006.

In the legislature, Carol served on Education Policy; Education Finance, Jobs and Economic Development; Government Operations and Elections; Housing & Public Health and Legacy Committees. She was an Assistant Minority Leader in 2009-10 and Chair of the Permanent School (Trust) Funds Advisory Committee 2011-12. Serving in both the majority and minority, she found her life experiences of being a connector, collaborator and consensus builder served her well in working for solutions for her constituents and Minnesotans. She has received recognition for her work in the areas of education, local government and business.

At the legislature, she co-chaired the bipartisan House Redesign Caucus to find support for innovation in government redesign. In addition, she co-chaired a committee that created the Collaborative Governance Council in 2010. As the Co-chair of the House Redesign Caucus 2011-12, she was instrumental in creating the Redesign Smorgasbord: A Taste of Redesign, Local Government Innovations Sessions across the state in Nov. 2011, and was featured in a Public Television “Redesign MN” series on the topic. Carol was the chief author of the MAGIC Act (Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration Act) that was supported by all 87 counties in the State of Minnesota to find alternative service delivery models based on outcomes to maximize resources.

She is a BILLD Fellow (Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development - Council of State Governments) and NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) Early Learning Fellow.

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization working to improve public education.

Our mission is to advance student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that catalyzes community-led innovation.

Our founders and leaders have been instrumental in innovations such as open enrollment and public school choice, the nation's first charter school law, and schools designed and run by teachers.

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