Minnesota 2016 State Policy Detail
NATION’S STRONG FIRST CHARTER LAW HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE
Minnesota reached a major landmark this year in the implementation of 2009 reform legislation, with all authorizers completing their first high-stakes Department of Education evaluations. The state should now focus on adding additional school accountability tools in law, such as performance frameworks and default closure provisions.
- Require all authorizers to use performance frameworks. Many authorizers in Minnesota already use performance frameworks and regularly demonstrate their use statewide and nationally.
- Establish a default closure provision that makes closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools. The number of active authorizers in Minnesota can present challenges for school accountability due to variable authorizer quality. A default closure provision would help ensure charter school accountability is consistently enforced and honored by all authorizers.