The Education Evolving Blog

October 5, 2017

This blog was written by the Education Evolving Team

It’s a busy and exciting time at Education Evolving. The last year and a half have brought a number of changes: we’ve added new faces to our team and a new executive director as our founding generation steps back from the daily work, welcomed new board members, and formally became our own independent nonprofit organization.

With all these recent changes, we were intentional about making 2017 a year of reflection. This week we are proud to unveil the results of that work, including a new vision for student-centered...

September 26, 2017

This blog post was written by Deyonne Jackson and Lauren McDaniel, two teachers at Woods Learning Center, which is a teacher-powered school in Wyoming

When Woods Learning Center’s (Woods) Administrative Manager took a call from Sarah in the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), Sarah went quiet when she was told that the decision about Secretary DeVos’ visit couldn’t be made without first speaking to the Woods' administrative team of teachers. “What do you mean? Isn’t there a principal who can make the decision?”

Not at this school.

When...

September 20, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Monday, 30 states, including Minnesota, turned in their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plans to the US Department of Education (USDE) in the second and final deadline. Four states—Florida, Texas, and South Carolina—received extensions for later this fall due to the recent hurricanes, and last April sixteen states and the District of Columbia turned in their ESSA state plans to USDE.

Minnesota’s...

September 7, 2017

Education Evolving is working to finalize two papers that we will be releasing on October 2nd. We will be taking a hiatus from regular blog posting as we finish those papers, and will start posting regularly again in early October.

Hope the start of the school goes well for our educator readers!

August 16, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) kicked off their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) public comment regional meetings at the Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul. Over 60 individuals gathered to hear Commissioner Cassellius and Michael Diedrich, MDE’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act Policy Specialist, share the state’s ESSA accountability plan, answer questions, and receive public input.

Education Evolving has extensively covered the state’s ESSA...

August 9, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Our blog post last week introduced the topic of “charter-district collaboration”, and reported on the status of Minneapolis’ District-Charter Collaboration Compact, as well as the Minneapolis Public Schools and Hiawatha Academies Collaboration Agreement.

In a January 2017 report, the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) wrote about the...

August 2, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Over the past few weeks, the growing animosity between different education organizations and advocates regarding the merits of charter versus traditional district schools has dominated the news cycle.

Last week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), released a report which concluded that “even the best charters are not a substitute for more stable, adequate and equitable investments in public education in communities...

July 27, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Yesterday, a twelve-member task force, convened by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), released a report on “Quality Education.” The task force was formed in December 2016 after the NAACP’s October 2016 call for a national moratorium on expanding charter schools until a set of conditions were met.

The charge of the task force was to bring forward “...

July 20, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Yesterday, the Minnesota House and Senate’s Education Policy Committees held a joint hearing on the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plan. Even though ESSA does not require that a state’s legislature approve the state accountability plan, it does indicate that it should be developed with “timely and meaningful consultation” of the legislature. Also, there was a provision included in Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session’s...

July 6, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

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.

Context for Charters Nationally and in Minnesota

A lot has changed since 2001, when chartering was just ten years old and the national enrollment was only 571,...

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