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Kolderie, Ted

Founding Partner, Education Evolving


Ted Kolderie has worked on questions of system design in various areas of public life. Through the 1960s and into the ’70s this was in urban and metropolitan affairs and public finance, when Minnesota generated a series of important ‘institutional innovations’. After that, he worked on more general questions about the structure of the public sector and its redesign.

In the 1980s as ‘education’ came into the policy discussion he was involved in the design and enactment of Minnesota’s chartering legislation in 1991; then in the discussion about chartering in 20 or more states. In 2004 he published “Creating the Capacity for Change: How and Why Governors and Legislatures are Opening a New-Schools Sector in Public Education”. With Joe Graba he co-founded Education Evolving to be a nonpartisan, non commercial, non-governmental and non-academic policy group working broadly on the strategy for change and improvement in K-12, in Minnesota and nationally. In 2011 he received the Conant award from the Education Commission of the States for his contributions to education policy.

A native of Omaha NE he graduated from Carleton College and from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was successively a reporter and editorial writer for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, executive director of the Twin Cities Citizens League and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He lives in Saint Paul MN.