Star Tribune: Minnesota charter schools are facing growing pains

Kindergarten teacher Gus Gleiter started getting his classroom set up on his first day back at school at Prodeo Academy in Minneapolis last week. For four years, Prodeo Academy, a high-performing charter school in north Minneapolis, operated out of a church in Columbia Heights. But as its enrollment ballooned, the school outgrew the leased church…

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Star Tribune: Minneapolis’ black families lead the way in fleeing to other schools

A major reason: the wide achievement gap between white and black students.  September 20, 2017–  Once it was the biggest school district in the state. Now Minneapolis Public Schools is the biggest loser in Minnesota’s robust school-choice environment, surrendering more kids to charter schools and other public school options than any other district. And unlike…

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Star Tribune: Minnesota set to revamp how public schools are graded

September 18, 2017-   After years of intense pressure on school test scores, the state’s education department on Monday submitted a final plan to the federal government that broadens its previous reach — promising to evaluate more schools than before, and in a well-rounded fashion. With the federal No Child Left Behind education law being…

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Minnesota Daily: Letter: About that ‘limited data’ — schools didn’t withhold their data

April 10, 2017 —Last month the Minnesota Daily published a letter to the editor about MN Comeback’s new “Minneapolis School Finder” guidebook, which includes information for parents on 100 local K-8 schools and 37 high schools. Contrary to the letter, no, 78 percent of schools did not withhold their academic performance information. While some schools…

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Northeaster: ‘Minneapolis School Finder’ answers parents’ long-standing call for objective, well-rounded information on schools

March 28, 2017 —First-of-its-kind tool provides parents with guidance on choosing the best-fit school, 
featuring 139 school profiles and 29 changing-the-odds schools Comeback and Great MN Schools – sister organizations building a community of great schools – March 15 launched ‘Minneapolis School Finder.’ This resource guide for parents provides objective, relevant information on schools across…

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MinnPost: K-12: Shifting from parent ‘engagement’ to investing in parent agency

March 31, 2017 — For years, we’ve heard a lot about parent “engagement” — that our community apparently values it but notoriously underinvests in it and approaches it as one-way information sharing. Concurrently, two-thirds of students in Minneapolis enroll in a district school outside of their neighborhood, a charter school or an independent school. At Pillsbury United…

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Southwest Journal: MN Comeback releases Minneapolis schools guidebook

Minnesota Comeback staff Kristen McKittrick, Nicholas Banovetz, Al Fan, Rashad Turner, Sagirah Shahid, Cay Kimbrell and David Whitney hold the organization’s latest project, the “Minnesota Schools Finder.” Photo by Nate Gotlieb MARCH 15, 2017 — The nonprofit Minnesota Comeback has released a guidebook to help parents select a Minneapolis K-12 school for their kids. The Minneapolis-based organization’s…

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