The Education Evolving Blog

December 7, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On December 6th, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (MACS) honored the winners of the first Minnesota Charter School Innovation Awards. The award program, which is the first of its kind in Minnesota, was created to showcase some of the most innovative practices being used in Minnesota’s charter schools.

November 21, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

In 2016, Friendship Academy of the Arts was recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for their academic excellence. Threatened with closure in 2011, FAA has been able to turn around their school through the power of student-teacher-family relationships.

November 11, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On November 8th, we blogged about Minnesota lease aid program and “affiliated building corporations” (ABCs). This post is a follow-up that examines the strategies and initiatives that other states have implemented to ease the burden of the costs associated with facilities for chartered schools.

November 8, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

For Minnesota charter schools, the process to receive facility funding is anything but simple. Two of the main ways that charters receive funding is through state provided building lease aid and affiliated building corporations. Here is an overview of those main funding streams.

October 26, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

In 2006, Yinghua Academy became the first Chinese immersion chartered school in the country. Ten years later, they've undergone a significant facility expansion and yet again reached enrollment capacity. In 2015, Yinghua was recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School—the first time in 15 years that a Minneapolis school received the honor.

October 18, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On October 13th, 58 education advocates gathered to hear Kelly Young, executive director at Education Reimagined, give a presentation on the new organization’s work promoting learner-centered education. Here is a summary of the event, and of their transformational vision.

October 5, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On September 28th, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced six winners in the recent spring 2016 charter school grant competition. On the same day, the U.S. Department of Education recognized two Minnesota chartered schools as National Blue Ribbon winners.

September 21, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

Work on Minnesota's new state accountability plan, as required under ESSA, continues. Questions remain around which school quality/student success indicator(s) will be chosen, what weights will be assigned to all indicators, as well as how graduation and dropout rates will be measured.

September 1, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On August 21, John Oliver did a controversial segment that attacked chartered schools and some states' charter authorizing laws. He failed to celebrate the work that several states have done, including Minnesota, to strengthen authorizers and authorizing processes within the state.

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.


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