The Education Evolving Blog

August 24, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

Nationally, as well as in Minnesota, chartered schools struggle to find and secure appropriate facilities. Many philanthropic and business groups have begun to recognize the lack of appropriate charter facilities as a significant problem, and are lending their resources accordingly.

August 15, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

Seven new chartered schools will open in Minnesota this fall as three chartered schools close. Four of the new charters will be STEM-focused; all will start as elementary schools, with five planning on eventually growing to be K-12.

August 10, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On August 8th, Governor Dayton announced that 10 chartered schools and 64 school districts will receive award money for pre-kindergarten. In total, chartered schools will receive $2 million.

August 2, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On July 21st FUSE Charter School was announced as one of fifty finalists for one of at least five $10 million grants from the XQ Super School Project Competition. Winners will be notified August 4th and announced to the public in mid-September.

July 18, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On July 1, 2016 Judge Bartsh found the MN Board of Teaching in contempt of court for failing to issue alternative teaching licenses. The ruling shined a spotlight on the challenges that out-of-state teachers face with obtaining a license.

June 27, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On May 31, 2016, the USDE released draft ESSA regulations that gave clarity for state accountability plans. Where is Minnesota in the process and what does this mean for chartered schools?

June 21, 2016 · By John Kostouros

The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools invites all Minnesota charter schools to apply for the first Charter School Innovation Awards Program—created to showcase some of the most innovative practices being used in the state's charter schools. The Innovation Awards carry five $1,000 cash awards.

May 12, 2016 · By John Kostouros

From 50 authorizers in 2009, to 24 today: Why the drop in organizations willing to serve this critical role, and what does the drop mean for the future of chartering in Minnesota?

April 11, 2016 · By John Kostouros

MN was first to approve school chartering as a strategy for improving public education—this less regulated sector was to provide a space to try innovative strategies for teaching, learning and school organization. Now, 25 years in, we thought it helpful to provide a 10,000-foot overview of the sector today.

April 1, 2016 · By Curtis Johnson

In the aftermath of the knockdown of the proposed rule that would have swept charter schools into the regulations on desegregation, it would be easy for the chartered sector to breathe relief—consider the matter closed. That would be wrong.

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