Friday Facts – Asian & Pacific Islander Students

2014-2015 – ASIAN and PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENT ENROLLMENT

6,990 Charter School Students or 14.64% of Minnesota’s 47,471 Charter School Students are Asian and Pacific Islander

  • 3,543 Males
  •  3,447 Females

CHARTER SCHOOLS ENROLLING ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER  STUDENTS

107 (68%) of the 158 Charter Schools enroll at least 1 Asian and Pacific Islander Student

  • 19 Charter Schools have an Enrollment of over 20% Asian and Pacific Islander Students 
  •   9 Charter Schools have an Enrollment of over 50% Asian and Pacific Islander Students

Schools with the Highest Percentage of Asian and Pacific Islander Students

  • Community School of Excellence, St. Paul – 99% – Asian & Pacific Islander Students
  • Hmong College Prep Academy, St. Paul – 98% – Asian & Pacific Islander Students
  • New Millennium Academy Charter School, Minneapolis – 95% – Asian & Pacific Islander Students
  • Hope Community AcademySt. Paul – 94% – Asian & Pacific Islander Students
  • Sejong Academy of MinnesotaSt. Paul – 90% – Asian & Pacific Islander Students

MACS & MACSA to Form Joint Task Force on Board Governance

The MN Association of Charter Schools (MACS) and the MN Association of Charter School Authorizers (MACSA) have agreed to form a Joint Task Force on Board Governance. The Task Force will focus on the responsibilities of Board Governance/Board Development Committees, Board Nomination and Election Issues. The goals of this joint effort are two fold; Improve the functioning of charter school boards, and provide a generally accepted framework for oversight of board governance.

The Task Force is charged with five tasks:

  • Identifying board governance terminology and definitions as applied to charter school governance.
  • Development of a sample charge for Board Governance Committees – roles and responsibilities.
  • Identifying and recommending effective Board Nomination policies, practices, and processes for charter schools.
  • Identifying and recommending effective Board Election polices, practices and processes for charter schools.
  • Identifying and recommending effective Board Governance Committee policies, practices and processes for charter schools.

The Task Force of between 7- 11 members will be composed of representatives of charter schools (board members, school directors and other personnel) and authorizers. Persons interested in serving on the Task Force need to complete an application and submit by Monday, April 27th.

 

The Task Force is to complete is work by no later than October 31,2015.

 

 

MACS Board Directors Meeting Report – April, 2015

Highlights of the Association’s Board of Directors April Meeting.

  • Adopted a recommendation that the Association develop and recommend to school boards basic qualifications for school directors, and school succession plan policy.
  • Approved the establishment of a Joint Task Force with MACSA (authorizers) on Board Governance
  • Identified and reviewed list of potential candidates to be contacted about running for the MACS Board of Directors
  • Established a deadline for board members to complete the Individual Board Member Assessment in preparation for the board’s annual retreat
  • Brainstormed ideas about how to increase member involvement (school boards, school directors and teachers) in the Association’s work
  • Identified questions that need to be addressed in the upcoming evaluation of the Association’s lobbying and grassroots advocacy
  • Approved the date for the Spring Public Policy Forum (Tuesday, June 9th)

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Facts – American Indian Student Enrollment in Charter Schools

2014-2015 – AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENT ENROLLMENT

1025 Charter School Students or 2.15% of Minnesota’s 47,471 Charter School Students are American Indian

  •  507 Males
  •  518 Females

CHARTER SCHOOLS ENROLLING AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS

98 (62%) of the 158 Charter Schools enroll at least 1 American Indian Student

  • 13 Charter Schools have an Enrollment of over 20 American Indian Students the # of students a school must have under proposed legislation to qualify for American Indian Education Aid.

Schools with the Highest Percentage of American Indian Students

  • Natytahwaush Community School, Natyahwaush100% American Indian Students
  • Bdote Learning Center, Minneapolis98% American Indian Students
  • Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Grand Portage80% American Indian Students
  • Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, McGregor80% American Indian Students
  • Voyageurs Expeditionary School, Bemidji62% American Indian Students

 

Source: MDE data.

 

 

Friday Facts – Charter School Transportation

2014-2015 – 158 MINNESOTA CHARTER SCHOOLS – TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

118 or 75% of Charter Schools Provide Their Own Transportation Services

 40 or 25% of Charter Schools Utilize Traditional School District Transportation Services

  • 26 of the 40 Charter Schools are in Greater Minnesota (outside 7 county metropolitan area)
  • 12 of the 40 Charter Schools are in the Suburbs
  •  2 of the 40 Charter Schools are in Minneapolis
  • 23 Traditional School Districts Provide Transportation Services to the 40 Charter Schools

33 of the 33 Charter Schools in St. Paul Provide Their Own Transportation Services

33 of the 35 Charter Schools in Minneapolis Provide Their Own Transportation Services

 Source: MDE

 

IRS Regulation on Charter School Employees in State Retirement Plans – Update

In November 2011, the IRS published and advance notice of a proposed regulation regarding when an entity is an agent or instrumentality of the state or local political subdivision for the purposes of it employees being eligible to participate in a government retirement plan.  The proposed definition would have impacted whether charter school employees could be part of state retirement plans – like TRA and PERA.

At the time, the Association asked schools to send comments to the IRS and to Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation about how the proposed rule would have affected charter school employees in Minnesota.

Nationally, the IRS received over 2.000 comments just on the how the proposed regulation would affect charter schools. In response to the flood of comments, the IRS is now considering issuing guidance that would take into account the “special and unique nature of charters…”, in terms of the proposed regulation.

To read more about the Proposed Guidance on Charter Schools.

 

 

Charter School Leadership Skills Assessment Seminar

We are excited that 12 individuals will be participating in the 2015  Charter School Leadership Skills Assessment Seminar taking at the University of St. Thomas today and tomorrow, with the final day on April 16th.

The 3-day seminar was developed by the University of St. Thomas in partnership with the MN Association of Charter Schools. The Charter School Leadership Skills Assessment Seminar is an authentic assessment experience tailored to the challenges of leading a charter school.The goal of the seminar is to allow current or aspiring charter school leaders an opportunity to assess their skills and competencies, using real life work situations to demonstrate these skills and then create a professional development plan to improve and strengthen their skills and competencies.

The 2016 Charter School Leadership Skills Assessment Seminar is tentatively scheduled to take place in late winter/early spring of 2016.