• CSP will nurture and grow high quality schools.
  • CSP will increase the number of high achieving charter schools
    and increase the number of at-risk students being served
    by high achieving charters in Minnesota.
  • CSP will ensure every child in Minnesota has the opportunity
    to attain an education that allows him or her to succeed in life
    - no matter what income or zip code.
  • Charter quality is more important than quantity.
    Growth is not an end in itself.
  • CSP will do whatever it takes to close
    Minnesota's achievement gap.
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CSP News & Videos Archive


Star Tribune: Despite improvements, learning gap is still too large, Minnesota says. (Columbia Heights Global Academy lauded for closing the achievement gap). 2/11/14. 

MPR News.
 Bill targets underperforming Minn charter schools. 2/10/14.

Star Tribune: Hold charter schools fully accountable: If they can't educate kids, they should be closed.  (Minneapolis Harvest Prep mentioned as an exemplar high-performing charter). 2/11/14.

KSTP-TV: Debate over accountability at Minn charter schools (Venture Academy, a new Minneapolis charter, interviewed). 2/11/14.

Star Tribune: Fan names school reformer to watch
October 25, 2013

MinnPost: Minneapolis College Prep: It gets results, but still battles perceptions about city schools
September 25, 2013

StarTribune editorial: Growing Minneapolis: Tackle racial inequity.(Hiawatha Academies, Harvest/Best network of schools featured)
September 22, 2013

StarTribune: High-poverty Columbia Heights charter school (Global Academy) beats the odds to achieve academic excellence
September 14, 2013

Pioneer Press editorial: Charter School's (Hiawatha Academies) success begins with high expectations 
September 11, 2013. 

MinnPost: Why Minneapolis mayoral candidates are making strong schools such a big issue.
August 15, 2013.

June 25, 2013. 

June 3, 2013 

Pioneer Press Editorial: Minnesota: An undue setback for Teach for America. 6.22.13

Star Trib Editorial: Senators Bonoff/Peterson. Teach for America deserves a chance. 6.22.13

Star Trib: Teach for America efforts stall in MN. 6.21.13

Star Trib Editorial: Teach for America faces new Minnesota obstacle. 6.19.13

MinnPost: Teaching Board denies Teach for America variance. 6.14.13

Twin Cities Daily Planet. Charter Incubation. Refining the charter strategy to close the achievement gap. Al Fan. June 3, 2013

MinnPost: More funding, all-day K: "This is very definitely the education session"
May 21, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Blending traditional teaching with on-line. Al Fan 
April 4, 2013

MinnPost: RESET effort focuses on the achievement gap
March 8, 2013

MPRNews: Still waiting for teacher candidates two years into alternative system. April 5, 201

Twin Cities Daily Planet: Close poor performing charters to create better choices for low-income kids. Al Fan. March 7, 2013

MinnPost: Northrup School sale portends new era of MPS-Charter Collaboration
March 19, 2013

2013 Charters 2.0 Legislative Agenda Announced
January 3, 2013

MinnPost: Education Leadership Team Seen As Balanced, Thoughtfu
November 19, 2012

October 2, 2012

Star Tribune: Hiawatha Academies: Reaching for Success
September 30, 2012

MinnPost: Transplanted teachers waiting - and waiting - for alternative certification process to jell
August 8, 2012

Star Tribune: Taking charter schools into next chapter  Todd Ziebarth and Al Fan 
June 17, 2012

MinnPost:  Get to know Hiawatha Leadership Academy, Minnesota's 'most successful school'
May 25, 2012

Star Tribune: New law weds efforts to help students excel - Bernadeia Johnson and Al Fan
May 2, 2012 

Walton Family Foundation awards $1.22 million to Twin Cities charter schools
April 25, 2012 

Star Tribune: Al Fan: Counterpoint: Teach for America can't do it alone. 
February 3, 2012 

MinnPost: Charter-school group seeks legislative changes to ease replication, ensure accountability 

MinnPost. Incubator strategy aims for across-the-board charter excellence

Lease Aide Newsletter; published by Cushman&Wakefield/NorthMarq
November 2011

Star Tribune: Minneapolis wants to add charter schools to its portfolio.


What are successful outlier schools doing to close the achievement gap?
MinnPost: 9/21/2011

Al Fan: Churn --  tough-love policy toward low performing schools. Pioneer Press

Capitol doors swing open; now let's have a look inside
Star Tribune: 7/19/2011

Charter Schools Facing Budget Cuts Due To Shutdown
CBS: 7/19/2011

Charter schools seek borrowing help to deal with school aid shift, but odds are slim
Minn Post. 7/19/2011

State holdback of funds will kick charter school especially hard
MinnPost. July 19, 2011

Charters school advocates want exeption from payment delay
MPR News. July 18, 2011

Schools likely to bear brunt of budget fix

Star Trib. July 09, 2011

New charters for a new school
MinnCAN. May 26, 2011 

Charter schools hit by funding shift
Tar Tribune. April 15, 2011  

Press Release: Charter School Partners launches new school leader fellowship
March 23, 2011

New alternative teacher licensing law under scrutiny
CBS Minnesota. March 7, 2011

Minnesota schools-reform debates enter more complicated phase
MinnPost. January 25, 2011

A New era of possibility could lead to educational equity in Minnesota by Al Fan
MinnPost. January 31, 2011

Two charter schools receive Walton Family Foundation start-up grants
CSP Press Release.  November 17, 2010

MAPs help charter schools see which ones are raising student performance
MinnPost.  November 15th, 2010.

Al Fan: Waiting for Super Charters
Pioneer Press.  November 11, 2010.

CSP Announces "Closing the Gap Schools"
Minneapolis, MN . July 19, 2010. Charter School Partners today announced its first annual Closing the Gap schools list in which eight out of ten of the highest performing public schools in the state serving the neediest children in poverty are charter schools.

Coming charter school contraction hailed as positive step for the Minnesota movement
MinnPost.  August 12, 2010.

Morgan Brown Joins CSP

Minneapolis. MN. August, 2010
Morgan Brown, who most recently served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), has joined Charter School Partners (charterschoolpartners.org) as its Director of School Improvement.

Al Fan: TiZA's success with students overshadows controversy
Star Tribune, July 30, 2010
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), with campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine, has once again proven that it is the top-performing Minnesota school serving students in poverty, among the nation's best in closing the achievement gap.

In search of the 'secret sauce': Educators dissect how 'beat the odds' schools successful raise test scores
By Beth Hawkins - MinnPost, July 12, 2010
These days whenever someone in K-12 education manages to vault the yawning achievement gap, a quiet stampede ensues among policymakers hoping to pinpoint what went right and graft it onto every failing school in the country.

Al Fan: Close the Achievement Gap!
By Al Fan. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press. January 29, 2010.
In recent months we have again seen a series of sensational headlines about the crisis in Minnesota’s charter schools. Sensation aside, several legitimate facilities issues were identified.

Minnesota’s Charter Schools – (To Date) An Unfulfilled Promise
By Al Fan, Executive Director, Charter School Partners, June 15, 2009
Eighteen years after the founding of the nation's first charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota's charter school community is at a crossroads. Minnesota clearly has a number of high-quality charter schools but there is reason for concern.

Al Fan: The Next Step for Quality Schools - Quality. No Excuses
By Al Fan - Updated: 06/03/2009 06:25:25 PM CDT
Eighteen years after the founding of the nation's first charter school in St. Paul, Minnesota's charter school community is at a crossroads. Minnesota clearly has a number of high-quality charter schools but there is reason for concern.

Al Fan: Harlem Educator Wows Minnesota Nice
By AL FAN - (Created: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:00 PM CDT)
Last week, Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children's Zone founder and CEO, had more than 1,000 Minnesotans spellbound when describing his remarkable journey to eliminate the racial and poverty achievement gap in one of American's most challenging urban environments.

CSP Video Archives

Better Choices: Charter incubation as a strategy
for improving the charter school sector

Waiting for Superman Official Trailer

It's Time to Put the Kids First

CSP Year in Review:  May 2010

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