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Survey Finds Minnesota Charter School Laws Second-Strongest In Nation

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KFGO
March 28, 2015

ST.PAUL (MNN) – Minnesota was the first state in the nation to introduce charter schools, and a new review shows the state’s laws governing them are second-strongest in the nation.

Minnesota’s charter school laws get an “A” on the report from the Center for Education Reform, in part because charter schools are funded through the state, the same way public schools get much of their operating money.

Minnesota also gets high marks for the level of autonomy that charter schools have at the state and local levels, and because teachers have the freedom to participate in a union and are covered by the state’s retirement system. There are 158 charter schools in Minnesota.