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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.

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.

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