Teachers union launches charter school authorizer in Minnesota

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The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers just became the first teachers union in the country to open a charter school authorizer.

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A Charter Sector and Chartered Schools

Parents don't enroll their children in a sector. They enroll in some particular school. And yet, research to date has been comparing "charter" and "district."

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Ted Kolderie receives ECS James Bryant Conant award

Ted Kolderie is the recipient of this year's James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) for his work to develop the chartered schools sector in public education.

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Inventory of schools with teacher autonomy

Map of teacher autonomous schools.

We've been watching a growing number of schools where teachers are able to control what matters for school success. Today we announce our new National Inventory of Schools with Teacher Autonomy.

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We'll Be Back

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The legislative season is busy for us small policy organizations, but we hope to be posting regularly again in June. Stay tuned!

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New charter authorizer to focus on innovative schools

Innovative Quality Schools is a new approved authorizer of chartered schools in Minnesota. They will focus on authorizing schools that innovate with respect to instructional model, staffing and leadership design, evaluation method, or some other aspect.

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What Wisconsin says about the affordability of K-12

The drama playing out in Wisconsin is something of a political spectacle. What is its root cause? Not an extreme governor, nor labor unions. Instead, at root, the system is not financially sustainable.

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New book argues today's system of K-12 is not sustainable

This new book argues that the present system of K-12 education is no longer financially sustainable - and provides a strategy to address it.

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High school rents classrooms to raise money

With traditionally-designed big-box high schools, it can be difficult to change to keep up with fluctuating financial times. The shell is still there. The physical constraints drive learning models as much as the conditions and teachers.

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Grasping to fund schools...maybe it's time to think differently

In rural Hutto Texas, the superintendent has taken the compelling step of seeking to trademark and lease-off the school’s Hutto Hippo. He is also planning to lease bus and website space to advertisers.

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