Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

MINNESOTA: New charter school to have environmental focus

A new public charter school will open near Maple Lake this fall with a focus on environmental stewardship. For Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, such a focus — coupled with … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: In praise of strong charter schools

Having worked to advance civil rights for a combined 90 years, we were disappointed by a recent column criticizing award-winning charter public schools like Higher Ground Academy (“Back to the … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill

Charter school authorizers in Minnesota whose schools fall in the lowest 25 percent of public schools could be required to close those schools or submit an explanation to the state. … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate Over Accountability at Minnesota Charter Schools

There’s a lot of debate lately on whether there’s enough accountability with charter schools in Minnesota. The schools answer to what are called “authorizers.” Those are the entities that apply … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Bill would hold charter schools accountable

ST. PAUL, Minn. — New legislation could give officials a tool to hold charter schools accountable, by flagging those schools that chronically underperform for possible closure. Minnesota Public Radio News … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: New Woodbury charter school grows from roots of Footprints Academy

Educators who work at a Woodbury private school that will close soon are starting a new charter school. Woodbury Leadership Academy, a school for kindergarten through eighth grade, is set … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Atlantis, New Heights charter schools forming partnership

FALL RIVER — One is a charter school that has long been a city presence, seeking to expand. The other is a proposed charter school awaiting approval from the Massachusetts … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Naytahwaush Charter School celebrates academic jump

WHITE EARTH, Minn. — In a small, off-the-beaten path White Earth Reservation school, soft echoes of Ojibwe can be heard floating through the hallways, mixing with the muffled teachings of … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA to step up oversight of charter schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Education officials are preparing to step up their oversight of the nonprofit groups, school districts and colleges that monitor Minnesota’s charter schools. Each of Minnesota’s independently … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Small Schools Week highlights metro’s tiniest urban school

Some of the schools blend online and face-to-face instruction. Others favor hands-on projects or embrace the Montessori method. One is an all-girls middle school bent on exploding the myth that … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: St. Paul, Minneapolis charter schools continue growth

St. Paul and Minneapolis have joined a growing list of cities where at least a fifth of public school students attend charters. A newly released report by the National Alliance … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

MINNESOTA: Enrollment up by nearly 1,000 among St. Paul charter schools

There’s no trash talk, no claims of supremacy — in fact, the school’s director is a big fan of the St. Paul public schools. But if you are looking for … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment


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