Publications

Memo · October 2017

A 2017 law allows districts and charter schools in Minnesota to form an innovation zone in order to try new approaches to learning that will raise student acheivement. The law provides flexibility from state law and rule to try those innovations.

Report · October 2017

A comprehensive review of barriers in Minnesota state policy faced by educators innovating with student-centered learning, and recommendations for removing those barriers.

Article · April 2016

"Innovation Zones" will change the way we teach, test and measure learning. A Commentary for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Article · December 2015

The face of Minnesota is changing, and so must our integration policy. A Commentary for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Article · March 2010

The 2009 Minnesota Legislature passed new "site-governed school" legislation, which provides school boards a "charter-like" option. A district board may approve "site-governed schools," which are provided significant autonomy and flexibility to develop new models of schools in exchange for greater accountability.

Memo · January 2009

The country has the governmental relationships upside down, with the states setting the targets for results and Washington leaning on the states, districts and schools to make it happen. President Obama should put the roles right, so that the national government is "pushing buttons that are connected to live wires".

Memo · January 2002

A quick summary of the major mileposts in the evolution of the chartering laws.

Memo · June 1994

A quick summary of the essentials of the charter idea, written in 1994, is still basically applicable today.

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