Charter school mid-summer vignettes

Rep. Paulsen applauds Minnesota’s leadership in charter schools

Last week, Minnesota’s third district congressman, Erik Paulsen (MN-3), took to the floor of the House to applaud the state’s unique role in the launching of charters schools and leading the way in public school reform nationwide. Rep. Paulsen was the author of a key amendment to HR 2218, The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter School Act, which will encourage the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools. The bi-partisan supported bill passed the House of Representatives on August 13, 2011 and awaits action in the Senate.

National Charter School Conference, Minneapolis 2012

Bill Cosby, Al Fan. Priceless.

The National Charter School Conference was a proud moment for Minnesota’s charter school community in which its unique contribution to the launch of the charter movement was celebrated.

In many ways, the conferences was also the launch of the next chapter for charter schools — using the charter model to create the nation’s highest performing and most innovative public schools. To that end, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released Fulfilling the Compact: Building a Breakthrough, Results-Driven Public Charter School Sector, a bold document that lays out a Charters 2.0 strategy for the next decade and beyond.  As expected, the conference spawned much press and media coverage reflecting the movement’s focus on quality, including an article from The Economist, in which Minneapolis’ own Harvest Prep was featured.
 

Sara Paul, Office of New Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools; Al Fan, Charter School Partners; and Eric Mahmoud, Harvest Prep on a National Charter School Conference panel on District/Charter Collaboration.

Sara Paul, Office of New Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools; Al Fan, Charter School Partners; and Eric Mahmoud, Harvest Prep on a National Charter School Conference panel on District/Charter Collaboration.

 
 A few summer charter-/ed-reform reads

Before school starts, here’s a few charter-/ed-reform books and articles for some good summer readings.  Enjoy.

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