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         Minnesota Charter Schools:     more books (21)
  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

81. What Are Public Charter Schools
charter schools are in operation in 26 states and DC Following are State, schoolsNow In Operation, Additional schools Approved to Open, Year Leg minnesota, 35, 2,91.

82. Title Page For ETD Etd-04252000-12110004
Travis Twiford, Committee Member. Keywords, Sponsoring Agencies; Accountability;minnesota; charter schools. Date of Defense, 200004-14. Availability, mixed. Abstract
Title page for ETD etd-04252000-12110004
Type of Document Dissertation Author Wiita, Terry Author's Email Address URN etd-04252000-12110004 Title CHARTER SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY: PATTERNS OF PRACTICE AMONG MULTIPLE SPONSORING AGENCIES Degree PhD Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Committee Advisor Name Title Jennifer Sughrue Committee Chair Christina Dawson Committee Member Jean Crockett Committee Member Steve Parson Committee Member Travis Twiford Committee Member Keywords
  • Sponsoring Agencies
  • Accountability
  • Minnesota
  • Charter Schools
Date of Defense Availability mixed Abstract Since 1991, charter schools have become a popular school choice option. Charter schools are independent public schools free from most state regulations in exchange for a written contract specifying that certain results will be obtained. Charter school accountability depends on both the specific charter school law and the agreement that has been struck between the sponsoring agency and the individual charter school. This study explores the patterns of practice in the accountability processes used by multiple sponsoring agencies in Minnesota. Minnesota's charter school law allows local school districts, post-secondary institutions, and the state education agency to sponsor charter schools. One central overarching question was addressed in this study: How do the micro accountability systems of multiple sponsoring agencies within Minnesota compare? In addition, several subquestions provided the framework for the research:

83. NCEF Resource List: Case Studies--Charter Schools
University, Center for School Change, Humphrey Institute, Minneapolis, minnesota. communities,including both districtrun and charter public schools.
NCEF's resource list of documents, reports, links, books, and journal articles, many with photographs and floor plans, that identify and discuss details of charter school building projects.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

This provide text and images of the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles, California. This charter school was founded by a non-profit community support group in Westlake. It was created by reusing and renovating an abandoned stucco mini-mall, warehouse buildings, and a parking lot. The primary design goal of the charter school was to create buildings that are inviting and invigorating to the whole community.
The Accelerated School and LAUSD Break Ground on New Campus. [press release]
(Los Angeles Unified School District, Sep 18, 2002) Announcement of the expansion of the Accelerated School in South Central Los Angeles, a K-8th grade charter school. Construction of 36 new classrooms will provide space for the school to expand to a full preK-12 academy. The new state-of-the-art facility will include fully-equipped classrooms, science labs, music and art studios, and a professional development center. Community spaces will include a library, health clinic, performing arts center and gymnasium. 3p.

84. Charter Schools
In 1991, minnesota became the first state in the nation to authorize charter schools. Asof April 2001, there are 63 operating charter schools in minnesota.
charter schools Lakes Area Charter School
601 Nokomis St. W
Osakis, MN 56360
What are Charter Schools? In 1991, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to authorize charter schools. The law 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 Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for a learning program at the school site
As of April 2001, there are 63 operating charter schools in Minnesota. In the 1999-2000 school year approximately 6500 students attended charter schools (66% were in elementary and 34% in secondary grades).

85. SEDL - Insights... Charter Schools: Early Learnings
minnesota House of Representatives, Research Department. (1994). minnesotacharter schools A research report. St. Paul, MN Author.
Insights...on education policy and practice
Number 5
July 1995
Charter Schools: Early Learnings
In This Issue
The purpose of this Insights is to examine the concerns and difficulties charter shcools are encountering in the early stages of planning and implementation. The empirical research that is beginning to emerge from charter sites in California, Colorado, and Minnesota provides some valuable lessons for policymakers, parents, and educators. The problems are highlighted not in an attempt to derail support for existing charter school policies, but rather to better inform those in the position of shaping and drafting future policies. Comparison Of Charter School Legislation In response to the public's growing frustration with the pace and scope of school improvement, legislators, educators, and parents are increasingly turning to charter schools as the reform of choice. Viewed as a compromise between "throwing" additional dollars at the current system and moving dollars (and students) into the private sector with vouchers, charter schools are popular because they promise relatively cost-free innovation within the boundaries of the public system. Over the last few years, the charter school movement has gained significant momentum in the U.S. In 1991, only one state, Minnesota, had passed charter school legislation. By 1994, a total of eleven states had enacted charter school laws. This year, at least 23 states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, considered charter school bills and several enacted legislation.1 To date, more than 200 charters have been granted to schools in at least nine states (Walsh, 1995).

86. Charter Schools
charter schools have, on average, a racial composition roughly similar to statewideaverages. Some states like Massachusetts, Michigan and minnesota have a
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Charter Schools
Updated June 3, 1998 Contents Overview
Charter School Arguments

Charter School Research

Charter School Legislation and Trends
Overview Since the enactment of charter school legislation in Minnesota in 1991, the number of states with laws allowing for charters has swelled to 29 plus the District of Columbia. In addition, legislatures in Utah, Idaho and Virginia have passed laws in the past two weeks that, if signed into law, will make the total 32. And while only 170,000 students attend approximately 800 charter schools nationwide (compare this with 52.2 million school-age children and about 108,000 schools), this reform is indeed popular. Given that President Clinton has set a goal of 40 states with laws and 3,000 charter schools by 2000, this quick growth is likely to continue, especially with the bipartisan support charter schools have seen in state legislatures across the country. Charter School Arguments PRO CON Charter schools provide families with public school choice options. Parents will have the ability to choose the school best suited for their child.

87. Region III Comprehensive Center - District Of Columbia
Catherine in minnesota. A member of the Texas Association of charter schools, Mr.Farias serves on the board of the InterEthnic Forum, Houston Drug Free
The District of Columbia Promising Practices Forum: A Technical Assistance Workshop for DC Charter Schools Biographical Sketches of Charter School Leaders Milo Jane Cutter is Co-founder, co-director of the City Academy, the nation's first charter school, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Cutter is a member of the National Education Association School Initiative Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Education Advisory Task Force, as well a board member of the Minnesota Charter School Association. She has also served on other boards and commissions, including the Clay County Charter Commission, the Moorehead Parks and Recreation Board, Mn-Dak Health Systems Agency, the Minnesota League of Women Voters State Board. She is the past president of the Clay County Cancer Society and is the former chair of the Woodlawn Redevelopment Committee and the Buffalo River State Park Long Range Planning Committee. Ms. Cutter holds a B.S. in History Education from Mankato State College and an M.A. in Education from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota. Richard Farias is the founder and chief operating officer of the Raul Yzaguirre Charter School for Success which is committed to improving education for primarily Hispanic children in Houston, Texas. Mr. Farias is also the founder and current president of the Tejano for Community Concerns, a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to improving opportunities for children and families by providing educational, social, social and health services, as well as through housing and economic development initiatives. A member of the Texas Association of Charter Schools, Mr. Farias serves on the board of the Inter-Ethnic Forum, Houston Drug Free Business Initiative, the Consumer Credit Counseling Services and the City of Houston's Enhanced Community Governance Board. He is the National Chairman of the National Council of La Raza Affiliate Council and holds a B.A. in Social Rehabilitation and Social Services and an M.A. in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University.

88. Charter School Specifics
History of charter schools minnesota was the first state to establishlegislation allowing for the creation of charter schools in 1991.
Charter Schools - Definition and Specifics


Types of Charter Schools
Definition The basic charter school concept is encompassed in the idea of " autonomy for accountability ". Charter schools are public schools of choice that are granted a specific amount of autonomy (determined by state law and the local charter) to make decisions concerning the structure, curriculum, and educational emphasis of the school. In return for this autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for the academic achievement of the students in the charter school, and the school faces suspension or closure if accepted performance standards are not met. The charter school typically receives between 85 percent to 95 percent of the public school funds for each student enrolled. Most charter schools are newly established schools, but some are conversion schools-those that previously existed as either public or private schools. Charter schools are as likely to have minority enrollments as other public schools. Charter schools do tend to be smaller than other public schools. Other than these similarities, there are few other generalizations that can be made about charter schools. The variety of curriculum focus is extensive-the sky does not limit the creative endeavors of charter school developers and operators. History of Charter Schools
Minnesota was the first state to establish legislation allowing for the creation of charter schools in 1991. Since then, 34 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have enacted some variation of charter school legislation. As of September 1998 there are more than 1200 charter schools that exist in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

89. Selected Resources: Meeting The Equity Challenge In Public Charter Schools
Teaching and learning in a diverse world. New York Teachers College Press. RPPInternational University of minnesota. (1997). A study of charter schools.
Equity Center Publications and Resources Meeting the Equity Challenge in Public Charter Schools SELECTED RESOURCES AND REFERENCES It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. The U.S. Department of Education administers the Public Charter Schools Program, which provides financial assistance for the design and initial implementation of charter schools created by teachers, parents, and other members of local communities. For more information, contact the Public Charter Schools Program, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Portals Building, Room 4500, Washington, DC 20202-6140, or call John Fiegel at (202) 260-2671. The following represents a few of the many organizations that provide current information on charter schools.
Charter School Resources

Center for School Change , Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, Rt. 1, Box 39-A, Henderson, MN 56044.
Contact: Doug Thomas, (507) 248-3738 Center for Policy Studies , 59 West Fourth Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.

90. New England Comprehensive Assistance Center: Resources: Charter Schools
of charter schools and to explore their place in school restructuring and reformefforts by describing existing charter schools in minnesota and California
New England Comprehensive Assistance Center (NECAC)
at EDC, Inc.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02158
Phone: 800-332-0226
Fax: (617) 969-7578
TDD: 617-964-5448
URL: We have done our best to make this site accessible.
Please direct comments or questions about this site to Cyndi Plouff
Charter Schools Charter Schools in Practice Off To Market , Ed Week 4/9/97, The Diaz family has experienced the marketplace's downside firsthand. By the end of Citizen 2000's first year, the K-12 school had dropped its high school grades, due in part to financial problems. But Vanessa and Victoria were happy and making good grades. Then, rumors about the school's shaky finances grew louder, and some parents withdrew their children, but Diaz stuck it out. The school's director declared bankruptcy, and the school closed its doors, sending Diaz and the parents of roughly 200 children scurrying to find new schools... But in spite of the Citizen 2000 debacle, Diaz remains steadfast in his support of charter schools.

91. Contact--Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools, ContactMinnesota Transitions charter schools.
ContactMinnesota Transitions Charter Schools
Minnesota Transitions High School 2526 27th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406
phone (612) 728-8915
fax (612) 729-0536 Minnesota Transitions Middle School 3127 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55406
phone (612) 721-0340 fax (612) 722-2818
Minnesota Transitions Elementary School Christ Church Lutheran Building
3244 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(ph) 612-729-9140
(fax) 612-729-2972 Minnesota Transitions Minnehaha Campus
MTCS MM Campus
2872 26th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406 Phone: 612-722-9013 Fax: 612-722-0013 Home Minnehaha Campus High School Middle School ...

92. Education Week On The Web Special Reports: Changed By Charters
As part of a cooperative set up under minnesota's pioneering, 11year-old charterlaw, 100 teaching and learning programs in seven schools in minnesota and

93. EdVisions Co-op - Fed Grant
Other grant projects include the development of a Profile of current minnesota charterschools, the revision of a Handbook to assist minnesota charter school
Federal Technical Assistance Grant Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, EdVisions of Henderson, MN, and the Center for School Change of the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota provide technical assistance to developing charter schools throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin in a variety of ways. School developers in need of technical assistance are encouraged to contact Bonnie Jean Flom, Project Coordinator, at EdVisions ( ). Consultants with experience in all aspects of school development and operation are available to schools at no cost. Other grant projects include the development of a Profile of current Minnesota charter schools, the revision of a Handbook to assist Minnesota charter school developers, monthly meetings for developers at the Center for School Change, and the production of videos highlighting best practices in EdVisions Schools, with a special focus on schools embracing project-based learning. Through the Project, EdVisions and the Center for School Change are able to invite schools to participate in a “Charter Starters” Conference for school developers across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota from June 16 – 19, 2003, in Madison, Wisconsin. Twenty schools will be selected from those schools applying to participate. Each school is asked to send four individuals to the Conference. Except for transportation, all conference expenses are covered through the grant. The Conference takes place at the beautiful Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison, where meals and room accommodations are spectacular. Presenters with experience in charter school operation from across the region bring their knowledge and expertise to share with developers of new charter schools. Charter schools scheduled to open the Fall of 2003 or 2004 are invited to apply. Interested school developers are asked to contact Mary for application information (

94. IssueWatch: Nation's First Workplace Charter School Shows Gains In Florida minnesota note Laws in minnesota do not allow charterschools to limit their enrollment to the employees of a particular workplace.

95. Welcome To The Black Alliance For Educational Options Online
held accountable to the public because if they cannot attract students, the schoolscannot survive. The first charter school law was passed in minnesota in 1990

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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. A charter school is accountable to its sponsor—usually a state or local school board, or in some cases municipal government or a college or university—to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. At the end of the contract term, the sponsor may renew the school's contract.
Generally, states apply fewer regulations to charter schools and demand a higher level of accountability for results. If charter schools fail to produce the results outlined in their contract with the state or other authorizer, the school can be closed. Moreover, as schools of choice (i.e., parents voluntarily enroll their children there), charter schools are held accountable to the public because if they cannot attract students, the schools cannot survive.

96. About MSA
How is MSA governed? Minn. Stat. 124D.10 requires minnesota charterschools to have an elected Board of Directors. The Board is

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