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Charter Schools

Minnesota has been in the charter school business since 1991. Charter schools are public schools and were established to explore innovative new ways to increase student achievement at a lower cost without all the regulations required in traditional public schools.


'Seed, feed and weed': Advice on turning around underperforming schools
MinnPost - 7/7/14 

Problems at St. Paul charter school could lead to tighter state control
Minnesota Public Radio - 5/27/14

Kline bill would give charter schools a boost
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 5/2/14

CHARTER SCHOOLS bill ignites debate about testing

Mankato Free Press - 2/14/14

Charter Schools in tthe Twin Cities:  2013 Update

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity - October 2013

Critics want more accountability for charter schools
Minnesota Public Radio - 2/9/14

Minnesota ranked first in charter school report
Duluth News Tribune - 1/29/14

Report: Measuring Up to the Model:  A ranking of state charter school laws
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools - January, 2014

Minnesota wants more oversight from charter school authorizers
St. Paul Pioneer Press - 1/10/14

High-quality charter schools eligible for expansion, replication grants
InsightNew.com - 1/2/14

Minneapolis' union-led charter school effort hasn't opened a school
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 12/13/13

Study: 1 In 5 Minneapolis, St. Paul Students Opt For Charter Schools
CBS Minnesota - 12/11/13

Enrollment up by nearly 1,000 among St. Paul charter schools
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 10/30/13

The origins of charter schools offer insight for Washington state
The Seattle Times - 10/24/13

Number of mostly white suburban charters has risen by 40% over 5 years, report says
MinnPost - 10/9/13

Report: Charter schools show performance gain in some areas, but still lag behind traditional public schools
MPR - 6/25/13

Charter-school kudos — and a wish list
MinnPost - 1/29/13 

Charter school advocates rank Minn. No. 1
MPR - 1/19/13

Minnesota Department of Education Issues Guidance for Early Learning Programs in Charter Schools
MDE - 1/7/13 

State's trend of growing charter school enrollment reflected across country
MPR - 11/14/12 

Rep. Pat Garofalo on the future of charter schools in Minnesota

High Performing Charter Schools:  Beating the Odds or Beating the Test?
By Rob Lavine, Campaign for America's Future
BeyondChron - 9/4/12

For charter schools, mixed results at 20-year mark
MPR - 6/18/12

On schools: Don't be fearful; be concerned
Response to Katherine Kersten's Commentary
Star Tribune - 6/13/12
State poised to enter a legal danger zone
Commentary by Katherine Kersten
Star Tribune - 6/9/12

20 years on, have charter schools met their goals?
Pioneer Press - 6/3/12

Growth stalling for charter schools in Minneapolis, St. Paul
Star Tribune - 6/3/12

Charter-school group seeks legislative changes to ease replication, ensure accountability
MinnPost - 2/13/12

Minnesota charter schools grow from about 10K to 39K in 10 years, nationally about 2 million now attend charters
Education News - 12/23/11

Segregated Charter Schools Evoke Separate But Equal Era in U.S.
Bloomberg - 12/21/11

The Myth of Charter Schools
An analysis the Waiting for "Superman" movie by Diane Ravitch

Charter Schools in Minnesota Perform Significantly Below Their Traditional Public School Peer
Stanford Report Recognizes Robust Demand, Supply and Exceptional Charters, Faults Quality Controls, Authorizers and Charter Caps
June 15, 2009