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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.

March 29, 2016 · By John Kostouros

Charter school advocates were relieved this week after an administrative law judge confirmed that attempts at regulation exceeded the executive branch's authority.

March 25, 2016

This week we at Education Evolving begin a multi-pronged effort to help Minnesotans and others interested in the evolution of school gain a broader understanding of the role chartering is playing in improving public education in 2016.

February 24, 2016 · By Ted Kolderie

Competitions for redesigning school are popping up everywhere. But is a great design enough? Is anyone asking the designers how they would get their new model into the system?

January 29, 2016 · By John Kostouros

New research calls for the chartered public schools sector, now numbering 6,700+ schools with 2.9 million students, to become "better, broader, and bigger" and more innovative if it is to raise student achievement for today's global marketplace.

December 21, 2015 · By Curtis Johnson

A decade after Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class became an award-winning book, co-author Curt Johnson recalls the debate he and Clay had back in ’05 of whether charter schools were ‘disruptive’ in a theoretical sense. Johnson asserts that in practice now the evidence is clear: chartering is disrupting public education.

November 11, 2015

Over 220 educators from 23 states gathered in Minnesota last weekend for the first annual Teacher-Powered Schools conference. Teacher teams from both the district and charter sectors shared lesson learned about collaboratively designing and running all aspects of their schools.

April 15, 2015 · By Lars Esdal

Tim McDonald will be giving a keynote April 29th on creating environments for innovation to flourish. In addition, E|E's Johnson and Wedl will lead a panel discussion on Split Screen strategy as an essential policy tool.

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