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 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 is open to 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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