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         Minnesota Charter Schools:     more books (21)
  1. Charter schools: The other choice for parents, students, and teachers by Dee Ann Grover, 1994
  2. Charter schools (Policy bulletin / Indiana Education Policy Center, Bloomington Office) by Williams, 1993
  3. Policy-makers' views on the charter school movement by Joe Nathan, 1996
  4. Making a difference?: Charter schools, evaluation and student performance by Stella Cheung, 1998
  5. Implementing the Minnesota K-12 science framework in a seventh grade life science class at Minnesota New Country School by Beth A Robelia, 1998
  6. Charter public schools: A brief history and preliminary lessons by Joe Nathan, 1995

21. TAP: Vol 9, Iss. 39. Le Sueur-Henderson. Ross Corson.
A recent statecommissioned evaluation of minnesota charter schools concludes thatwhile charters can serve as an important stimulus for change, they may not
  • Republican Railroad: Mary Lynn F. Jones on GOP efforts to steamroll legislation through Congress. Rupert Redux: Michael Tomasky on how Rupert Murdoch continues to take advantage of "reasonable" Democrats. The Fakeout: Garance Franke-Ruta on why Bush's AIDS package is mostly empty rhetoric. Lightning Twice: Mary Lynn F. Jones on why Bush will be a one-term president, just like his father. Beyond Left and Right: Robert Kuttner provides a guide for the unwary. Money Matters: Mary Lynn F. Jones on why not to celebrate Edwards' fundraising prowess yet. Back Page: Iraq captures the headlines, but events in Serbia are unfolding rapidly. Russ Baker reports from Belgrade. Freedom to Fail: Drake Bennett on the false flexibility of the president's welfare plan. Unhealthy Choice: Jim Grossfeld on Bill Frist's affirmative-action blindspot. Deceptively Dangerous: Robert Kuttner explains five ways Bush has fooled America. Numbers Game? Scalia insists Bollinger is all about quotas. But it's really about merit. Drake Bennett reports from the Supreme Court.
  • 22. Education Funding
    Requiring the legislative auditor to study what we have learned sincethe inception of minnesota charter schools. The study must

    23. Fact-O-Rama -- Minnesota Charter Schools
    minnesota charter schools. Background In 1991, Minnesota became the first statein the nation to authorize charter schools (then called OutcomeBased Schools).

    News This Hour News on the Web Politics ... Site Search Wednesday, April 09, 2003 7:23 PM EST
    Minnesota Charter Schools Background: In 1991, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to authorize charter schools (then called Outcome-Based Schools). The law (M.S. 124D.10-11) permits teachers, parents and other community members to form and operate independent charter schools. To promote innovation, these schools are exempt from many statutes and rules governing school districts but held accountable for results. A charter school is a public school, part of the state's public education system. The law requires that a charter school must meet one or more of the following purposes: · Improve student learning; · Increase learning opportunities for students; · Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods; · Require the measurement of learning outcomes and create different and innovative forms of measuring outcomes; · Establish new forms of accountability for schools; or · Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for a learning program at the school site.

    24. All About Charter Schools In Minnesota: Charter Legislation And Law, Charter Sch
    its anticharter school agenda for the year, despite the great evidence of successand public-private collaboration in most of minnesota's charter schools.
    Making Schools Work Better for All Children
    Charter Schools in Minnesota
    Law: Passed in 1991 Rank : 2nd strongest of the nation's 40 charter laws CER Grade : A Schools Students
    • HURDLE THIS: The Department of Children, Families and Learning (CFL) in Minnesota have decided to severely curtail the usefulness of the Federal Charter School Program Grant for that state’s charter schools. Despite guidance from the U.S. Department of Education to the contrary, the CFL has told charters that grant money can’t be used for most of the unavoidable start-up expenses that go with navigating the bureaucratic maze a school is asked to complete before it begins to serve students. The CFL’s unnecessarily restrictive guidelines make it seem like the department isn’t really focused on helping charter schools get off to healthy starts. From the June 2002 Monthly Letter
      800-POUND GORILLA: While crisscrossing the country on charter visits, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige showed his commitment to educational alternatives and excellent schools ... including in St. Paul (MN), where he addressed parents and local leaders at the Academia Cesar Chavez charter school. This last visit was none-too-soon, as opponents there are pressing to reverse the charter trend that started in the land of 10,000 Lakes. The unions have proclaimed a dismantling of charter school as part of their legislative agenda (see below, for more), and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    25. Minnesota Statutes 2002, 124D.10
    of the minnesota state colleges and universities; or the University of minnesota may sponsor one or more charter schools.
    Minnesota Statutes 2002, Table of Chapters Table of contents for Chapter 124D 124D.10 Charter schools. Subdivision 1. Purposes. (a) The purpose of this section is to: (1) improve pupil learning; (2) increase learning opportunities for pupils; (3) encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods; (4) require the measurement of learning outcomes and create different and innovative forms of measuring outcomes; (5) establish new forms of accountability for schools; or (6) create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site. (b) This section does not provide a means to keep open a school that otherwise would be closed. Applicants in these circumstances bear the burden of proving that conversion to a charter school fulfills a purpose specified in this subdivision, independent of the school's closing. Subd. 2. Applicability. This section applies only to charter schools formed and operated under this section. Subd. 2a.

    26. Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools
    HomeMinnesota Transitions charter schools. High School art trip, students and faculty
    HomeMinnesota Transitions Charter Schools
    High School art trip, students and faculty
    Transitions Middle School
    Transitions Elementary School Mission Statement Forging partnerships among students, businesses, communities and families - To help each learner make the transition from work to post-secondary/career and meet the responsibilities of a changing future. We focus on skill building and career assessment within a comprehensive academic environment. Vision Statement
    July 14, 1995 The mission of the Minnesota Transitions School is to provide an innovative model of high quality K-12 public education which ensures equal access to an excellent experiential learning program in a healthy, safe, caring, enjoyable and integrated environment so that each student is helped to reach his or her highest potential and prepared to successfully and confidently meet the realities and responsibilities of adult life. We believe in the immense potential of each human being and see education as a way to help maximize that potential. We believe that the best education is one that prepares individuals for a life of change, learning and growth; one that enables them to learn how to learn, expands their awareness of life's choices and empowers them to make those choices wisely. We believe that the best education is one that also serves society by helping to develop human beings capable of meeting the challenges of the future and participating effectively in the economic, cultural and political realities and possibilities of their world.

    27. Web66: International School Web Registry
    the University of minnesota. To correct an entry on this page, update it here. charter schools. Elementary schools 32
    International School Web Registry
    Web66 is a trademark of the University of Minnesota
    To correct an entry on this page, update it here.
    Charter Schools
    Elementary Schools Adairsville Elementary Adairsville, Georgia USA
    Addison Elementary
    Cobb County, Georgia USA
    Benjamin Banneker Charter School
    Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
    Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School
    San Luis Obispo, California USA
    Elise P. Buckingham Charter School
    Vacaville, California USA
    Carrington Public School
    Carrington, North Dakota USA
    Cartersville Elementary
    Cartersville, Georgia USA
    Cartersville Primary School
    Cartersville, Georgia USA
    Compass Montessori School
    Jefferson County, Colorado USA
    Elementary of Arcugnano
    Vicenza, Italy Garfield Charter School Menlo Park, California USA Gila Crossing Community School Laveen, Arizona USA Hart-Ransom Home-Based Academic Charter School Modesto, California USA Hoboken Charter School Hoboken, New Jersey USA Honey Creek Community School Ann Arbor, Michigan USA Independent Elementary Castro Valley, California USA Kenkid Kindergarten Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    28. Charter Schools: Minnesota
    charter schools minnesota. Contacts Steve Dess, Executive Directorminnesota Association of charter schools 1745 University Ave. St.
    Charter Schools: Minnesota
    Pathways Home Page Contents Charter School Legislation: Online Resources: Contacts: Steve Dess, Executive Director
    Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
    1745 University Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    WWW: Jon Schroeder
    Charter Friends National Network
    1745 University Ave., #110
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    (651) 649-5479; fax: (651) 649-5472
    E-mail: WWW: Wayne Jennings or David Alley Designs for Learning Inc. 1745 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 E-mail: Joe Nathan Center for School Change Hubert Humphrey Institute 234 Humphrey Center 301 19th Ave. South

    29. Charter Schools: A New Breed Of Public Schools Report 2, 1993
    minnesota's First charter schools. minnesota legislators want a variety of charterSchool models that will influence change in existing public schools.
    NCREL's Policy Briefs
    Charter Schools:
    A New Breed of Public Schools
    Report 2, 1993
    home page Contents Previous section ... Next section
    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.

    30. The Center For Education Reform: Minnesota's Charter Law
    CER Grade AMinnesota (1991; last amended in 2001). The 3 rd strongest of the nation's38 charter laws. General Statistics. Number of schools Allowed. Unlimited.
    Making Schools Work Better for All Children
    Charter School Legislation:
    Profile of Minnesota's Charter School Law
    Note : The following ranking and analysis reflects the state's law as of 2001. For the most recent state law profile, please contact the Center for Education Reform or order Charter School Laws Across the States: Ranking Score Card and Legislative Profiles from our Publications page Minnesota (1991; last amended in 2001) The 3 rd strongest of the nation's 38 charter laws General Statistics Number of Schools Allowed Unlimited Number of Charters Operating (As of Fall 2001) Approval Process Eligible Chartering Authorities Local school boards; public post-secondary institutions; private colleges and cooperatives (districts working in conjunction); all subject to state board of education approval; state board of education may grant charters on appeal Eligible Applicants Anyone Types of Charter Schools Converted public, converted private, new starts (but not home-based schools) Appeals Process Applications denied by the local school board may be appealed to the state board of education.

    31. Resources On Minnesota Issues Charter Schools
    charter schools a guide to information resources compiled by the staff of the minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
    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 (

    32. Minnesota Charter School Resource Center (MCSRC)
    In past minnesota state legislative sessions, several important changes were madein charter school legislation which made it easier to start charter schools.
    MCSRC home page About MCSRC Charter School Handbook Internet Resources ... Technical Assistance Available from Minnesota Charter School Resource Center
    Top of page
    A Charter School:
    • is a public school funded with public money; is a public school where there is no tuition; is non-sectarian, non-religious, and may not discriminate in student admissions; is operated by parents, educators, and/or community leaders; is free to be a unique school designed to meet the needs of the students it intends to serve; is a public school that operates under a contract with the local school board, state board, or a university; is a public school whose curriculum is determined by the charter school board of directors; may have the same transportation as that provided by the local school district; is required to meet the same graduation standards as other schools; and is responsible for improving achievement or it will be closed.

    33. Minnesota Charter School Resource Center (MCSRC)
    Click here. minnesota Top of page minnesota Association of charter schools (MACS)Web site Provides information and assistance to member charter schools.
    MCSRC home page About MCSRC What is a Charter School? Charter School Handbook ... Contact MCSRC Staff

    Minnesota Charter School Resource Center
    Top of page
    • U.S. Charter Schools Web site - The single best source for infomation about charter schools, state by state. Includes resources, contacts, chat groups of various subjects, including accountability, curriculum, special education along with state specific discussions. Good work by the feds! Charter Friends National Network Web site : Most states with charter schools have non-profit organizations separate from the state government which help people start these schools. Many states also have organizations created by people who work in charter schools. This Web site allows you to find the organization, or organizations in the state in which you are especially interested. It also contains a variety of publications designed to help people create charter schools. Very helpful! Small Schools Coalition Web site : Most charter schools are small schools. The Small Schools Workshop, located at the University of Illinois - Chicago campus, has spent years helping people think through the opportunities and challenges of creating effective small schools. If you are focused on this issue, these folks have lots of practical ideas, along with great research summaries.

    34. US Charter Schools Website
    Community Exchange. schools Profiles of selected minnesota Charterschools created by the schools themselves. Participants List


    Minnesota Charter School Information
    State Profile Info Last Updated: 03-12-2003
    Brief Overview:
    Minnesota was the first state to pass charter legislation, in 1991. As of August 2002, 76 charter schools are in operation with 16 more approved for future operation. Provisions in the Minnesota law mandate that the a charter school student body must reflect the racial balance of the residential area if the charter calls for limited enrollment. Minnesota provides start-up funding for the first two years of operation and offers lease aid to assist with facilities costs.
    Discussion Group:
    Minnesota Discussion Group

    To obtain a user name and password, please Join the Charter Community Exchange
    Schools: Profiles of selected  Minnesota Charter Schools  created by the schools themselves. Participants: List of all the  Minnesota Participants  registered on this site or one of the Web Community sites. Key Contacts: Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning DCFL works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work. All department efforts emphasize the achievement of positive results for children and their families. Their Charter Schools page provides information about the schools, the law, and many helpful resources. The

    35. USCS: Overview Of Charter Schools
    The idea was further refined in minnesota where charter schools were developedaccording to three basic values opportunity, choice, and responsibility for


    Overview of Charter Schools

    Brief History

    National Statistics

    Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The length of time for which charters are granted varies, but most are granted for 3-5 years. At the end of the term, the entity granting the charter may renew the school's contract. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor usually a state or local school board to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them. For the legal definition of a charter school in a particular state, consult that state's charter school law through our

    36. Links To The World - Education (K-12)
    minnesota's charter schools Created by the minnesota Department of Children,Families Learning, this site provides detailed information on individual
    Links to the World Education (K-12)
    The sites listed on this page are not created, maintained, or endorsed by the Minnesota Legislature. Minnesota Information Federal Information Journals and Databases Organizations ... Standards and Testing
    • Minnesota Information
      • Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) CAREI is a collaborative organization linking Minnesota school districts and the College of Education at the University of Minnesota.
      • Education Minnesota Education Minnesota is the first merged state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
      • Financing Education in Minnesota, 2002-2003 A publication of the Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department.
      • A variety of information on education in Minnesota:
        • Basic Standards Tests and Comprehensive Assessments:
          • Results of the grades 3 and 5 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for the year 2002.
          • Results of the grade 8 Minnesota Basic Standards Tests in Reading and Math for the year 2002.
          • Results of the grade 10 Minnesota Basic Standards Test in Written Composition for the year 2002.

    minnesota ASSOCIATION OF charter schools (MACS) http// minnesota'Scharter schools http//
    [ mary chaffee ]
    [Found on the California Network of Educational Charters (CANEC.) web site.]
    On the California Network of Educational Charters (CANEC) web site, you can find a copy of the Fenton Avenue Charter School's Charter Document. The Fenton Avenue Charter School is located in the northeast San Fernando Valley in the city of Lake View Terrace. FRANCIS W. PARKER CHARTER SCHOOL
    [Found on the Massachusetts Department of Education web site.]
    A detailed profile of the Francis W. Parker Charter school, located in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, is found on the Massachusetts Department of Education web site in its Massachusetts Charter school Initiative section. KEY CHARTER SCHOOL WEB RESOURCES
    The Center for Education Reform (CER) is a nonprofit national advocacy group working to improve the nation's schools. The CER web site provides an enormous amount of information on charter schools which is updated frequently. From the home page, scroll down to the index provided to the CER Web site and click on "Charter Schools." "Charter Schools" opens with a section entitled "About Charter Schools." In sections which follow, links are provided to publications on charter schools in such areas as progress reports, legislation, books and guides, and news and analysis as well an invitation to participate in CER's interactive Education Forum.

    38. ERIC Digest 118 - Charter Schools
    charter schools in California, Colorado, and minnesota have had their contractsrenewed because they produced measurable achievement gains, including that of
    Clearinghouse on Educational Management Previous (Digest 117) PDF Version Next (Digest 119)
    ERIC Digest 118 - February 1998
    Charter Schools
    By Margaret Hadderman In seven short years, the U.S. charter-school movement has produced about 800 schools in 29 states and the District of Columbia, enrolling over 100,000 students. Charter schools reflect their founders' varied philosophies, programs, and organizational structures, serve diverse student populations, and are committed to improving public education. Charter schools are freed of many restrictive rules and regulations. In return, these schools are expected to achieve educational outcomes within a certain period (usually three to five years) or have their charters revoked by sponsors (a local school board, state education agency, or university). What Explains Charter Schools' Growing Popularity? Some members of the public are dissatisfied with educational quality and school district bureaucracies (Jenkins and Dow 1996). Today's charter-school initiatives are rooted in the educational reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, from state mandates to improve instruction, to school-based management, school restructuring, and private/public-choice initiatives. Many people, President Clinton among them, see charter schools, with their emphasis on autonomy and accountability, as a workable political compromise and an alternative to vouchers. The charter approach uses market principles while insisting that schools be nonsectarian and democratic. For founders, starting a brand-new school is an exhausting, yet exhilarating experience that "stirs the creative and adaptive juices of everyone involved" (Ray Budde 1996).

    39. Minnesota First Place In Charter Schools - And Moving Up
    minnesota's 38 charter schools currently receive approximately 2035 percentless money per pupil than other public schools in the state. _first _place.html

    Minnesota First place in charter schools - and moving up

    By Brian Harper

    Published in
    January 2000

    Minnesota First place in charter schools - and moving up

    By Brian Harper

    Published in
    January 2000
    ... United Nations

    40. Navigation Bar Minnesota First Place In Charter Schools - And
    As AdTI's Paul Steidler notes, minnesota's 38 charter schools currently receiveapproximately 203 5 percent less money per pupil than other public schools in
    Minnesota First place in charter schools - and moving up Brian Harper
    January 13, 2000 One mark of a champion is, the more he wins, the harder he works. With great athletes from Deion Sanders to Florence Joyner to Michael Jordan, it always seems that no sooner have they got one ring than they're competing all the more fiercely to earn another. It's exciting to see that same spirit catching hold now on one of Minnesota's most important teams of all The movement to add innovation and choices to public education. But the state and its leaders aren't just resting on our laurels. Recently, members of both parties in the legislature passed a reform bill, signed by Governor Ventura late in May, that will make Minnesota even more charter-friendly in the years to come. It's worth taking a look at the reasons for Minnesota's leadership. For Minnesotans, the question is, how can we build on these principles so that more and more of our schools reach this level of excellence? And for other states that may want to imitate this enviable program, it's
    important to understand why Minnesota has been such a leader.

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