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Friendship Academy of the Arts: A Testament to the Power of Student-Teacher-Family Relationships November 21, 2016

In 2016, Friendship Academy of the Arts was recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for their academic excellence. Threatened with closure in 2011, FAA has been able to turn around their school through the power of student-teacher-family relationships.

Overview of States’ Policies That Help Chartered Schools Secure Facilities November 11, 2016

On November 8th, we blogged about Minnesota lease aid program and “affiliated building corporations” (ABCs). This post is a follow-up that examines the strategies and initiatives that other states have implemented to ease the burden of the costs associated with facilities for chartered schools.

Charter Facilities in Minnesota: An Overview of Lease Aid and Affiliated Building Corporations November 8, 2016

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.

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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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