The Education Evolving Blog

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.

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.


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