The Cost of Authorizing Minnesota’s Charter Schools Report

In 2009, the Legislature enacted a number of amendments to Minnesota’s charter school law involving the authorizing of chartered public schools. Among the amendments was a new funding formula schools pay to authorizers to conduct their oversight responsibilities, and a requirement for authorizers to publicly account for the authorizing fees they collect from schools through an annual income and expenditure report submitted to the Commissioner of Education.

Annually, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools compiles all of the authorizer income and expenditure reports submitted to the Commissioner to produce a comprehensive picture of the cost of authorizing chartered schools in our state.

The big picture shows that in FY17, authorizers as a group took in over $2.9 million in income, with expenditures of over $2.7 million, and that the average cost of authorizing was over $16,700  per school.



MN Supreme Court Hears Education “Adequacy” Case

On Tuesday, the MN Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Cruz-Guzman vs State of Minnesota. The Plaintiffs in this case  claim that state action (open enrollment, charter schools, etc.) and inaction have led to segregated schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The argument before the Court was whether the issue of what is an “adequate education” is an issue for the courts, or whether what an “adequate education” is should be an issue for the legislature and the people.  The Plaintiffs believe courts should decide what is an “adequate education”, while the State believes it should be decided by the Legislature and the people.

For those who like watching court television shows – here is a Real Case.


Minnesota’s ESSA Plan – Update

On Wednesday, of this week the MN Department of Education submitted revisions to Minnesota’s State ESSA Plan to address the areas that the federal government asked the state to provide clarifications based on a review of the proposed Plan. A final decision on the approval of the Plan is expected by the U.S. Department of Education by January 16th.

ESSA Minnesota State Plan

While the State Plan has been moving through the federal approval process, MDE has launched the process to look at three topics that were identified for further examination through the consultation process in developing the State Plan.

  1. Indicator(s) of School Quality or Student Success
  2. Data Dashboard (Public Data Reporting)
  3. School Recognition

The Department has established 3 Sub-committees to examine and make recommendations on these topics.

Yesterday, the School Quality or Student Success Sub-committee met for 4 hours to examine whether the MN Common Course Catalog (MCCC) system might be able to provide information that could be utilized as an indicator of a well-rounded education and career and college readiness. The Sub-committee will be meeting again on January 17th to make a recommendation.