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  1. Schools in Minnesota: Blue Ribbon Schools in Minnesota, Boarding Schools in Minnesota, Charter Schools in Minnesota
  2. Minnesota Charter Schools: A Research Report by Sue Urahn, Dan Stewart, 1994-06
  3. Profiles of Minnesota Charter Schools by Edvision, and Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Center for School Change, 2003
  4. Charter Schools in Minnesota: City Academy High School, Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy, Northfield School of Arts and Technology
  5. Controversy over charter schools erupts in Idaho and Minnesota.(PEOPLE & EVENTS): An article from: Church & State by Unavailable, 2009-10-01
  6. Keeping The Promise: One Charter School’s Experience by Samuel Yigzaw, 2008-02-10
  7. Technology for charter schools too: a team-based training model.(Teams for Technology (T4T) training program): An article from: T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education) by Daniel Wendol, Tom King, 2003-04-01
  8. City Academy. (St Paul, MN, charter school)(Special Section on Charter Schools): An article from: Phi Delta Kappan by Milo Cutter, 1996-09-01
  9. A choice to charter.(Special Section on Charter Schools): An article from: Phi Delta Kappan by Doug Thomas, Kim Borwege, 1996-09-01
  10. The Coolest School in America: How Small Learning Communities Are Changing Everything by Walter Enloe, 2004-12-17
  11. Lessons About School Choice From Minnesota: Promise and Challenges.: An article from: Phi Delta Kappan by Joe Nathan, William L. Boyd, 2003-01-01
  12. Charter school financial accountability: Evaluation report by Deborah Parker Junod, 2003
  13. Charter schools (House Research information brief) by Lisa Larson, 2001
  14. How level a playing field?: The search for equity in charter school funding by Cheryl M Mandala, 1998

1. Minnesota Association Of Charter Schools
Charter Schools Minnesota Charter School Legislation Wayne Jennings or David Alley Designs for Learning Inc. 1745 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 New Twin Cities Charter School Project Hubert Humphrey Institute 234 Humphrey Center Charter Schools Minnesota. Pathways Home Page Contents. Charter School Legislation
Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
Promoting Quality Education Through Accountable Charter Schools About Us
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2. Charter Schools
Similar pages minnesota charter schools Evaluation CAREIminnesota charter schools Evaluation. Minnesota CharterSchools Evaluation Final Report May 1998.
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3. Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation - Section II: Characteristics Of Minnesota
minnesota charter schools Evaluation. Section II Characteristics of MinnesotaCharter Schools As of Fall 1996. Size minnesota charter schools are small.
Reports Directory Acknowledgements Executive Summary Report: Other Resources Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation Section II: Characteristics of Minnesota Charter Schools As of Fall 1996 On this page: Overview Charter schools have operated in Minnesota for less than four years, a short time considering the complexity of designing, opening, and operating a public school. This section presents an overview of the characteristics of Minnesota charter schools, focusing on the following guiding evaluation questions:
  • How do charter schools describe their mission - is it related to improved student achievement? Is the results-oriented characteristic of charter schools being successfully implemented? What evaluation and assessment tools do charter schools use to determine their effectiveness? Are charter school boards operating effectively?

4. Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation - Section II: Characteristics Of Minnesota
an overview of the characteristics of minnesota charter schools, focusing on the following guiding evaluation questions
Reports Directory Acknowledgements Executive Summary Report: Other Resources Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation Section II: Characteristics of Minnesota Charter Schools As of Fall 1996 On this page: Overview Charter schools have operated in Minnesota for less than four years, a short time considering the complexity of designing, opening, and operating a public school. This section presents an overview of the characteristics of Minnesota charter schools, focusing on the following guiding evaluation questions:
  • How do charter schools describe their mission - is it related to improved student achievement? Is the results-oriented characteristic of charter schools being successfully implemented? What evaluation and assessment tools do charter schools use to determine their effectiveness? Are charter school boards operating effectively?

5. Charter School Law - Minnesota Charter Schools Page's minnesota charter schools Page. Minnesota Association ofCharter Schools The Twin Cities Charter School Project. RECOMMENDED READING
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6. Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation - Acknowledgements [CAREI]
minnesota charter schools Evaluation. Acknowledgements. This evaluationand the preparation of this report were authorized by the
Reports Directory Acknowledgements Executive Summary Report: Other Resources Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation Acknowledgements This evaluation and the preparation of this report were authorized by the Minnesota State Board of Education. The final report includes findings that were published in a December 1996 interim report and additional findings regarding student academic performance that required multiple data collection episodes to look at change over time. This report was written by Cheryl Lange, Camilla Lehr, Patricia Seppanen, and Mary Sinclair. Karen Seashore Louis contributed to the formulation of conclusions. Jim Ysseldyke consulted on the assessment of student performance and the reporting of assessment data. Lisa Ahlberg, Jo Coleman, Sara Danforth, Verna Simmons, and Sharon Sundre assisted in data collection and analysis. Tony VanderWyst transferred this report to the CAREI website and linked it to schools and resources.

7. Resources On Minnesota Issues Charter Schools
According to minnesota charter schools A Research Report, parents of children incharter schools cite small class size, curriculum, good teachers and greater
September 1997, Revised October 2000
Resources on Minnesota Issues
Charter Schools
This guide is compiled by staff at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library on a topic of interest to Minnesota legislators. It is designed to provide an introduction to the topic, directing the user to a variety of sources, and is not intended to be exhaustive. In particular, it is focused on items available in the Legislative Reference Library. The charter school movement began in 1988 when Albert Shanker, American Federation of Teachers President, called for the reform of the public schools by establishing 'charter schools'. The basic charter concept is simple: a group of teachers or other would-be educators apply for permission to open a school. The school operates under a "charter" or contract with the local school board or the state. Exempt from most state and local laws and regulations, the school must prove that students have gained the educational skills specified in that initial contract in order to renew the charter. The funding for charter schools parallels that of public schools. In 1991, Minnesota was at the forefront of the nation in passing legislation to create the first legislated charter school. This groundbreaking Minnesota law (

8. Washington Charter Public Schools
minnesota charter schools are Lighting the Way. WA CHARTERS, Saturday,December 28, 2002. Dear Friends,. On the day before Christmas
Minnesota Charter Schools are Lighting the Way
WA CHARTERS, Saturday, December 28, 2002 Dear Friends, On the day before Christmas, the following editorial appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Please share it with your friends and family. REMINDER: The first Charter School Hearing of the 2003 Legislative Session will take place at the state capitol in Olympia one month from today, on Tuesday, January 28, 2002, between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Please join us if you can and testify or just "show the flag" in support of charter schools! Thank you. Best Wishes for 2003! Jim
Education Excellence Coalition
4426 - 2nd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6191
Jim's office phone: 206/634-0589
Jim's cell phone: 206/949-8484
Jim's e-mail address:
Editorial: Teaching, Learning Charter Schools Share Success. The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Dec. 24, 2002

When Minnesota became the first state to offer charter schools a decade ago, the idea was to encourage innovative alternatives to traditional public schools. Educators, parents and others were given the flexibility to use different teaching approaches especially to help children who were
failing in so-called "regular" schools.

9. Updates From Washington Charter Public Schools
com. December 28, 2002 minnesota charter schools are Lighting theWay. December 27, 2002 Charter Hearing Set for January 28, 2003!
Look here for regularly updated information. If you'd like to receive future updates by e-mail, please e-mail December 28, 2002
Minnesota Charter Schools are Lighting the Way
December 27, 2002
Charter Hearing Set for January 28, 2003!
December 6 , 2002
November 21 , 2002
November 6 , 2002
May 2, 2002
President Bush, Senator Lieberman & others praise charter schools as part of "
National Charter Schools Week " January 24, 2002
No Bill Authorizing Charter Schools Will Be Introduced in the 2002 Legislature
January 04, 2002
National Charter School Clearinghouse Launches Website
August 15, 2001
May 16, 2001
Time Magazine's elementary "School of the Year" is a charter school!
April 19th, 2001 INDIANA LEGISLATURE ENACTS STRONG CHARTER SCHOOL LAW! April 9th, 2001 More good new for Charter Schools March 21, 2001

10. Charter Schools And Students With Disabilities: References
RPP International University of Minnesota. (1997). A study of charter schoolsFirstyear report. minnesota charter schools A research report.
Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities: Review of Existing Data - November 1998
American Federation of Teachers. (1996).
Charter school laws: Do they measure up? Washington, DC: Author.
Emerging Issues in Charter School Financing . Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States.
Buechler, M. (1996).
Charter schools: Legislation and results after four years . Bloomington, IN: Indiana Education Policy Center, School of Education, Indiana University.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. (1997).
Minnesota Charter School Evaluation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
Charter schools and special ed law: An imperfect union. (1997, October 25).
The Special Educator, 12
Charter schools: Issues affecting access to federal funds. (September 16, 1997).
Hearings before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives. Testimony of Cornelia M. Blanchette. (GAO/T-HEHS-97-216).
Charter schools: New models for public schools provides opportunities and challenges
Report to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies, U.S. Senate. (GAO/HEHS Report No. 95-42).

11. Charter Schools And Their Students Chapter III - Summary
Massachusetts, Michigan, and minnesota charter schools stand out as serving amuch higher percentage of students of color than the average of all public
A Study of Charter Schools: First Year Report - May 1997 Chapter III
The data examined show that charter schools are diverse, in some ways mirroring the diversity of other public schools. This chapter placed this variation into perspective by comparing charter schools to all public schools in the ten states for which charter schools were operating in 1996. The following findings were presented:
  • Most charter schools are small. About 60 percent enroll fewer than 200 students whereas about 16 percent of other public schools have fewer than 200 students. At every grade span of schooling, a higher proportion of charter schools are smaller than other public schools. The difference is most striking at the secondary level with almost fourth-fifths of charter schools enrolling fewer than 200 students in contrast to one-fourth of other public secondary schools. Charter schools include a higher proportion of K-12, K-8, and ungraded schools than other public schools.
  • Most charter schools are newly created. About 60 percent of charter schools were created because of the charter opportunity; the remainder were pre-existing schools that converted to charter status. About one-fourth of pre-existing charter schools were previously private schools. Newly created charter schools tend to be smaller than converted schoolsthree-fourths of the newly created have fewer than 200 students, whereas half of the conversion schools have fewer than 200 students.

12. Charter Schools In Minnesota
CHARTER SCHOOLS MINNESOTA'S EXPERIENCE. Minnesota's Legislation.City Academy came Minnesota's First Charter Schools. By spring 1993
Minnesota's Legislation City Academy came into existence as a result of Minnesota's historic 1991 Charter School legislation, the first in the nation. The pioneering charter law called for up to eight teacher-created and -operated, outcome- based Charter Schools across the state that would be free of most state laws and state and local education rules. Renewable Minnesota charters would be granted for three years. In 1993, new Minnesota charter legislation authorized existing public schools to become charters if 90 percent of a school's teachers supported the action. A 1993 amendment now allows the state board to approve Charter Schools without local board approval in some situations. Choice Context The idea of Charter Schools arose, in part, out of the statewide debate over school choice. Between 1985 and 1988, Minnesota began to enhance its reputation as an educational innovator when it became the first state to pass statewide public school choice legislation. Minnesota legislators hoped that Charter Schools would expand the number of real educational choices available to students and their parents. Charter Schools were intended to complement Minnesota's parental choice system to create a choice option not dependent on vouchers. In spring 1993, Minnesota Governor Carlson sent legislators a letter urging them to "take the cap off" charter schools and authorize an unrestricted number. The legislature expanded the number of available statewide charters from 8 to 20. With this limit, the choice options still will not directly affect the vast majority of Minnesota students, but the legislation has opened the way for a school board on its own initiative to convert an existing school from administered to charter status.

13. Charter Schools Could Help Revitalize Ohio's Public Schools
Notes. 1) Sue Urahn and Dan Stewart, minnesota charter schools (Minneapolis, Minn.House Research Department, December 1994), p. 43. 2) Michael Barret, IV.
Charter schools could help revitalize Ohio's public schools By Jeanne Allen SUMMARY Charter schools new public schools with unparalleled freedom and flexibility to innovate are close to being approved by the Ohio legislature. The author cites numerous examples of successful charter schools across the nation and encourages Ohio to move forward with the idea. Real education reform may be on the Statehouse doorstep. The Ohio House has already passed legislation allowing for the creation of new community schools. Passage by the Senate, plus the Governor's signature, would put Ohio on the cutting edge of nation-wide public school reform efforts. But what is a charter school? First and foremost, a charter school is a public school. It is funded by the local schools district, must practice open admission, meet basic health and safety standards, and comply with civil rights laws. However, most charter schools are not bound by state education codes in curriculum, personnel rules, district scheduling requirements, or financial administration rules. This gives them unparalleled freedom and flexibility compared to their traditional public school counter-parts.

14. TASA Resources-- Charter Schools And Vouchers
among diverse groups of Americans. minnesota charter schools EvaluationFinal Report, May 1998. NCREL's Charter Schools page Includes
General Links AASA's Charter Schools Page Center for Education Reform
Do You Know...
Lessons About Private School Aid ...
US Charter Schools
Charter Schools and Voucher Resources
General Links
AASA's Charter Schools Page
A compilation of articles addressing issues related to charter schools Center for Education Reform
The CER encourages the establishment of greater choices for parents and teachers, and of charter schools to expand educational choices and opportunities Do You Know...the Good News About American Education?
This booklet highlights important improvements in public education over the past 15 to 20 years, along with other positive data about the state of public education. Lessons From Other Countries About Private School Aid
This booklet describes how other nations that provide public funds to private schools also regulate those schools.
"Public Schools: A Place Where Children Can Learn to Get Along With Others in a Diverse Society"

A document explaining how public schools are one of the main institutions that create cohesion among diverse groups of Americans Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation Final Report, May 1998

15. Delaware Education Research Development Center Charter Schools
minnesota charter schools. Urahn, S., Stewart, D. (1994). minnesota charter schoolsA Research Report. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 380 872).

16. Education Week - Registration - Access Restricted
MINNESOTA Study Sample 16 minnesota charter schools. Evaluator The Collegeof Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

17. NEA: Questions And Answers
(1996). minnesota charter schools Evaluation Interim Report. St. Paul, MNAuthor. To order, call 612/2964213. Center for Education Reform. (1996).
For and About Members Help for Parents Press Center Legislative Action Center ... Vouchers Updated: Dec 10, 2002 Charter Schools Research NEA Resources Other Resources April 1998
Charter Schools: A Look at Accountability
Accountability in charter schools is a bottom line concern in this new experiment in public schooling. Charter schools receive freedom and autonomy in exchange for improvements in learning and climate. Are charter schools indeed accountable to their constituencies: students, their parents, and the taxpaying public at large? This paper looks at the issue of accountability in three broad categories: student learning; equity concerns, and public accountability. In each category, the goal is to raise points that can, in the long run, lead to the weakening of this experiment. Policymakers owe it to students, their parents, educators and the public to ensure that charter laws and the oversight of charter implementation will lead to strong performance and equitable outcomes for all involved. I. Student Learning II. Equity Concerns III. Public Accountability IV. Resources
I. Student Learning
Standards Not Clear.

18. Charter Schools
minnesota charter schools Final Evaluation The table of contentsto the May l998 final report links to much useful information.
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FAQs, myths and realities, statistics and more from the Center on Educational Reform which advocates charter schools. Administrators - More States Embrace Charter Schools This Education World article includes information from the Hudson Institute survey of 5,000 charter schools. Center for Education Reform - Newsletter An archival list of monthly newsletters which includes topics from a charter school advocate's perspective. Many other resources are at this site. Charting a New Course After visiting more than 50 such schools in 10 states, Bruno Manno of the Hudson Institute makes recommendations for the D.C. district. Charter School Laws: Do They Measure Up?

19. AFT: Research: Publications, Reports And Surveys: Charter School Laws: Do They M
Urahn, S. and Stewart, D. minnesota charter schools A Research Report. St. Paul,Minn. Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department. December 1994.
AFT Home Departments Research Charter Schools Index ... Conclusions Publications, Reports and Surveys CHARTER SCHOOL LAWS:
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REFERENCES American Federation of Teachers. Charter School Briefing Packet . Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Teachers. 1995. American Federation of Teachers. Making Standards Matter 1996: An Annual Fifty-State Report on Efforts to Raise Academic Standards. Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Teachers. 1996. American Federation of Teachers. National Education Standards and Assessments . American Federation of Teachers Convention Resolution, Washington, D.C. August 1992. American Federation of Teachers. Resolution on Charter Schools. Adopted AFT National Convention, Anaheim, Calif., July 1994. American Federation of Teachers. U.S. Education: The Task Before Us . American Federation of Teachers Convention Resolution, Washington, D.C. August 1992. Avenoso, K. "Charter School's Hopes Collide With Reality," The Boston Globe.

20. Charter Schools: The Smiling Face Of Disinvestment
Because minnesota charter schools were free of all legal requirements placed on publicschools, except those clearly spelled out in their charters, the charter
Charter Schools: The Smiling Face of Disinvestment By Alex Molnar Center for the Analysis of Commercialism in Education (CACE) School of Education University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee P.O. Box 413 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
October 1996
Originally published in Educational Leadership Vol. 54, No. 2, October 1996 Charter schools are hot. But will commercial motives, money problems, and unproven boasts about student gains cool down the education reform of the '90s? Everyone, it seems, loves charter schools. Time magazine has called them the "New Hope for Public Schools" (Wallis 1994). The New Democrat, the Democratic Leadership Council's journal, says charter school advocates are "Rebels With a Cause" (Mirga 1994). And The New York Times (in an unusual note of irony) calls them the "Latest 'Best Hope' in U.S. Education" (Applebome 1994). American Federation of Teachers President Albert Shanker launched the movement when, in a 1988 National Press Club speech, he called for empowering teachers by creating "charter" schools that focused on professional development and had a clear commitment to improving student achievement (Sautter 1993). Since then, the rise of charter schools to the top of the educational reform agenda has been spectacular. To many educators, parents, and politicians, the charter school idea represented a public education alternative to private school voucher proposals. It was an idea they could embrace enthusiastically because it seemed to protect public education as an institution and at the same time provide for fundamental reform and systemic "restructuring." As a bonus, charter schools had more media sex appeal than, say, site-based management.

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