The Education Evolving Blog

March 15, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Senate Education Policy Committee heard testimony on an Innovation Zone bill. The purpose of the bill is to give school districts and charter schools the opportunity to research and implement innovative education models that are designed to better prepare students for the 21st century.

March 7, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Minnesota’s teacher licensure system has been a topic of contention for several years, with a 2016 OLA report finding the system “complex, unclear, and confusing.” There is currently a bill in the Senate, S.F. 4, which would restructure the state’s teacher licensure system. Read our post to find out the three things you should know about the proposed system.

February 27, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Last Thursday, the MN House and Senate heard testimony on MDE's Policy Bill. While the bill covers several topics that affect public education in general, this post will focus on two of the concerns that were raised, regarding bill additions, that could negatively impact the state’s charter schools.

February 23, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Walking into Venture Academy, a Southeast Minneapolis charter school, is like walking into Google. To the outside eye, one that has been trained to look for the industrialized education model, it may first appear chaotic and unorganized. However, upon closer examination, it is evident that Venture is anything but that.

February 14, 2017

Two teacher guest bloggers recount their experience at the 2017 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference and the incredible partnership that is emerging between unionized district schools and charter schools within the teacher-powered network.

February 9, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 51-50 to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary, after much debate. A lot of the controversy was due to DeVos' support of school vouchers. Learn more about school vouchers, and how a tax credit proposal active in Minnesota relates to the concept.

February 2, 2017

Over the weekend, 275 educators and advocates from 22 states gathered in Los Angeles for the second Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Practitioners from both district and charter schools gathered to network and share lessons about how they collaboratively design and run their schools.

January 19, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On January 18th, the Minnesota House of Representative’s Education Finance Committee convened to hear an overview on Minnesota charter schools. This was the first time since 2009 that the Committee had a meeting dedicated to the state’s charter schools. Read on for a summary of the hearing.

January 11, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Why doesn't Minnesota have more CMOs? Read our post to learn about the state's policies and barriers that inhibit CMOs from choosing Minnesota for expansion.

January 4, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Minnesota Department of Education continues work on their ESSA school quality/student success indicator. A constant question has been—What are other states doing? This posts explores the different school quality/student success measures other states have proposed.

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