Laws of Minnesota 2009,
2011 marked the 20th anniversary of Minnesota's charter school law, and in 2012 Zero Chance of Passage: the Pioneering Charter School Story
was published by the law's chief author and former Minnesota Senator,
Ember Reichgott Junge.
The Minnesota Legislature established outcome-based/charter schools as a part of the 1991 Omnibus K-12 Education
Finance Bill (House File 700/Senate File 467, Laws of Minnesota 1991,
chapter 265, article 9, section 3). Prior to being incorporated into House File 700, this issue was discussed in hearings on House File 773/Senate File 630.
Over the years the law has been amended several times. These amendments are referenced in the history section at the end of
Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.10.
The 2009 legislature amended Minnesota's charter school law to provide additional oversight of charter school operations.
(Laws of Minnesota 2009,
chapter 96, article 2, section 41.)
SIGNIFICANT BOOKS AND REPORTS:
Accountability Report 2009: Charter Schools. Washington, D.C.: Center for Education Reform, 2009. (LB2806.36 .A23 2009)
Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Education, 2006. (LB2806.36 .C41 2006)
Charter School Laws Across the States: Ranking and Scorecard. Washington, D.C.: Center for Education Reform. (LB2806.36 .C435 2012)
Charter Schools: Evaluation Report. St. Paul: Office of the Legislative Auditor, 2008. (LB2806.36 .C42 2008)
Evaluation of Charter School Impacts. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Dept. of Education, 2010.
Evaluation of the Public Charter Schools Program: Final Report. Washington, D.C.: SRI International, 2004. (LB2806.36 .E93 2004)
Failed Promises: Assessing Charter Schools in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis: Institute on Race and Poverty, November 2008. (LB2806.36 .F35 2008)
Financial Trends of Minnesota School Districts and Charter Schools For the Period 2001 to 2005. St. Paul: Office of the State Auditor, 2006. (LB2826.M6M563 2006)
Fitzgerald, John. Checking in on Charter Schools: An Examination of Charter School Finances. St. Paul: Minnesota 2020, 2009. (LB2806.36 .F58 2009)
Hopes, Fears & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011. National Charter School Resource Center and the Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2012.
Junge, Ember Reichgott. Zero Chance of Passage: the Pioneering Charter School Story. Edina, MN: Beaver's Pond Press, 2012. (LB2806.36 .J864 2012)
K-8 Charter Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Education, 2007. (LB2806.36 .K2 2007)
Larson, Lisa. Minnesota's Charter School Law. St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives, House Research Department, 2011.
Minnesota District/Charter K-12 Enrollment Trends 2001/2002 - 2011/2012. St. Paul: Center for School Change, 2012. (LB2806.36 .M566 2012)
Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States. Stanford, CA: Center for Research on Education Outcomes, Stanford University, 2009. (LB2806.36 .M85 2009)
Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing. Alexandria, VA: National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 2009.
The Quest for Accountability: The State of Charter Schools in 2003. (LB2806.36 .Q47 2003) (Compiled from 73 financial audits of Minnesota Charter Schools - Fiscal Year 2002.)
Special Education Primer for Charter Schools. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2009. (LB2806.36 .S64 2009)
Supporting Charter School Excellence Through Quality Authorizing. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Education, 2007. (LB2806.36 .S87 2007)
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy: Findings Report From MDE Staff Site Visits, April 24 and May 2, 2008. St. Paul: Minnesota Dept. of Education, 2008. (LB2806.36 T37 2008)
Update of "Failed Promises: Assessing Charter Schools in the Twin Cities". Minneapolis: Institute on Race & Poverty, 2012. (LB2806.36 .F35 2012)
Boldt, Megan. "Charters Face More Stringent State Rules: Concerns About Money, Oversight Make Schools a High Legislative Priority". St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 19, 2009.
Boyd, Cynthia. "Twin Cities Charter Schools Fail to Deliver Promised Gains, Study Claims". MinnPost, February 24, 2012.
Budde, Ray. "The Evolution of the Charter Concept." Phi Delta Kappan, September 1996, p. 72(2).
Buddin, Richard, Ron Zimmer. "Student Achievement in Charter Schools: A Complex Picture." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Spring 2005, p. 351-371.
"Charter Schools: The Experiment Continues - As It Should". St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 1, 2008.
Draper, Norman. "Legislators Plan to Overhaul Charter School System". Star Tribune, January 22, 2009.
Hawkins, Beth. "From 'Zero Chance' to New Collaborations: 20 Years of Charter-School Risk-Taking". MinnPost, June 18, 2012.
Johns, Emily and Patrice Relerford. "Minnesota's Charter Schools Fall Short of Expectations". Star Tribune, December 1, 2008.
Magan, Christopher. "20 Years On, Have Charter Schools Met Their Goals?". St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 3, 2012.
Mahmoud, Eric and Joe Nathan. "Replicate Rather Than Restrict Minnesota's Most Successful Charters". Minnesota Journal, January/February 2009, p. 11-12.
Pheifer, Pat. "ACLU Reaches $1.4M Deal With TiZA Trustee". Star Tribune, March 6, 2012.
VanderHoff, James. "Parental Valuation of Charter Schools and Student Performance". Cato Journal, Fall 2008, p. 479-493.
Zhang, Yahong and Kaifeng Yang. "What Drives Charter School Diffusion at the Local Level: Educational Needs or Political and Institutional Forces?". Policy Studies Journal, November 2008, p. 571-591.
SIGNIFICANT INTERNET RESOURCES:
Center for Education Reform, Charter Schools Facts - Provides information about the concept of charter schools, with links to charter school data and analyses of state charter school laws.
Edweek.org: Charter Schools - Links to a variety of articles.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools - A wide variety of information including a "Dashboard" linking to extensive data on charter schools.
National Charter School Resource Center - "Resources to build top-notch charter schools"
ADDITIONAL LIBRARY RESOURCES:
For historical information, check the following codes in the Newspaper Clipping File and the
E12.6 - Education-Administration and Organization of Schools
For additional reports at the Legislative Reference Library, use these
Library catalog searches:
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