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.



40 Charter Schools Designated High Quality by MN Department of Education

Last week the MN Department of Education announced that 40 charter schools were designated High Quality Charter Schools and are eligible to apply for a Expansion or Replication Grant in 2018.


AFSA High School, Vadnais Heights; Arcadia Charter School, Northfield; Aspen Academy, Savage; Athlos Leadership Academy, Brooklyn Park; Cologne Academy, Cologne; Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul;

DaVinci Academy, Ham Lake; Discovery WoodsStar of the North Academy Montessori School, Brainerd; Eagle Ridge Academy Charter School, Minnetonka; East Range Academy of Technical Science, Eveleth; Face to Face Academy, St. Paul;

Global Academy, Columbia Heights; Great Expectations, Grand Marais; Harbor City International, Duluth; Higher Ground Academy, St. Paul; Hmong College Prep Academy, St. Paul; International Spanish Language Academy, Minnetonka;

KIPP Minnesota Charter School, Minneapolis; La Crescent Montessori & STEM School, La Crescent; Lionsgate Academy, Minnetonka; Math and Science Academy, Woodbury;

Nasha Shkola Charter School, Brooklyn Park; New Discoveries Montessori Academy, Hutchinson; Noble Academy, Brooklyn Park; North Lakes Academy, Forest Lake; Northeast College Prep, Minneapolis; Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul; Prodeo Academy, Minneapolis;

Riverway Learning Community Charter, Winona; Spectrum High School, Elk RiverStar of the North Charter School, East Bethel; STEP Academy Charter School, St. Paul; Swan River Montessori Charter School, Monticello; TrekNorth High School, Bemidji; Twin Cities Academy, St. Paul; Twin Cities German Immersion Charter School, St. Paul;

Ubah Medical Academy Charter School, Hopkins; Universal Academy Charter School, Minneapolis; Yinghua Academy, Minneapolis

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.

3rd Annual MN Charter School Innovation Awards

The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools is now accepting applications for the 2018 3rd Annual MN Charter School Innovation Awards. The Awards were established in 2016 in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Minnesota’s first in the nation charter school law to document innovation in the 5 areas defined as innovative purposes for chartered schools.

All Minnesota Charter Schools are eligible to apply for the Awards. The 2018 Awards will be presented during National Charter Schools Week, which is the first week of May.  Award Information & Application