Minnesota charter school monitors to face more scrutiny from education department

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Minnesota is preparing to step up oversight of the nonprofits, school districts and colleges that monitor the state's charter schools.

Each of the state's independently run public schools has such an organization, called an authorizer, overseeing its finances, academics and operations. Last week, the state Department of Education shared with authorizers new guidelines spelling out how it will size them up starting next year.

The evaluations are part of a new charter school law the state has been rolling out since 2010. As part of its overall push for stronger oversight of charters, the law also requires the state to monitor its monitors more closely.

"We believe putting the evaluations in place is an important step in our collaborative efforts to ensure high-quality public schools for every child in every setting," said Charlene Briner, the Education Department's chief of staff.

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