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Charter Management Organizations (CMOs): Why Doesn’t Minnesota Have More? January 11, 2017

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.

ESSA Fifth “SQ/SS” Indicator: What Are Other States Doing? January 4, 2017

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.

Two National Surveys Reinforce Parent Preference for School Choice December 28, 2016

Two articles published by Education Next earlier this month draw attention to the fact that parents seem to be happier with their children’s schools when they are able to choose them.


School District Innovation Hub Web Resource · September 2016

A new section of our website with resources on Minnesota state policies that can help enable school districts to innovate with learning. Includes info on site-governed schools, the new teacher-governed grants program, and more.

Commentary: In the Strategy for Public Education Chartering Can Drive Innovation Article · September 2016

Where exactly does chartering fit, in the strategy for public education? Across America that question is rising, as in a number of big cities the charter sector gets larger and as the local districts are losing enrollment. In this commentary in the StarTribune, Ted Kolderie looks at four current answers to the question—and suggests a fifth, more practical answer.

Teacher-Powered Leaders Meet With Secretary King: A Reflection Blog Post Article · June 2016

On May 18, two of our teacher-powered ambassadors sat down for tea with U.S. Secretary of Education, John King to discuss teacher leadership. One of those teachers, Jeff Austin, summarized their conversation in this post on the U.S. Department of Education blog.

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