Wolf Ridge gets state charter approvalTwenty-five charter school sponsors have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, including eight new ones that include Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland.
Twenty-five charter school sponsors have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, including eight new ones that include Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland.
“This latest round of approvals continues our efforts to ensure a high-quality education for all students who attend Minnesota charter public schools,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
“Each of these authorizers meets nationally recognized standards of quality and accountability, and all have agreed to take on responsibility of holding the charter schools they authorize accountable to high quality expectations contained in their charter contracts.”
The announcement marks the end of the spring application process. The next opportunity to become a charter school authorizer is expected in September.
Under a law passed by the 2009 Legislature and designed to increase charter school quality and accountability, approved authorizers agree to take on a greater role in overseeing the charter schools they authorize. Minnesota was recently ranked first in the nation for strong charter school laws from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Other northern Minnesota backers include the Audubon Center of the North Woods outside of Sandstone and the University of Minnesota Duluth.