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The state of Minnesota led the nation to first create public charter schools in 1991 under MN Statute 124.E. Today 42+ states1 have their own charter school law. Just as all Public Schools, charter schools are mandated to educate children. The charter school movement provides choice for public education, with the goal to improve all public school education.

Here are some more interesting facts:

 

♦ Charter schools have strong federal bipartisan support.

♦ There are more than 6,000 charter schools across the nation currently serving more than 2,000,000 students.

♦ Presently, there are approximately 150 charter schools in Minnesota.

♦ Charter schools are public school districts. PACT Charter School is District #4008.

♦ All charter schools are required to have licensed highly qualified teachers.

♦ Charter schools have open enrollment to the extent of capacity. PACT holds a lottery in February for Kindergarten through 12th grade to establish the enrollment order for the upcoming school year.

♦ Charter schools in MN are accountable to their staff, parents and students. They are also accountable to an authorizer and to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

♦ PACT Charter School has been sponsored by Bethel University since July 1st, 2003 after 9 years of sponsorship under the Anoka Hennepin School District.

Charter school contracts with the authorizer, by current state statute, must be renewed at least every 5 years.

♦ Minnesota charter schools receive general state education aid to operate based on enrollment.

♦ Charter schools cannot tax citizens for additional revenue by initiating levies or other sources.

♦ State financial sources for charter schools are linked to the students’ resident school district. (Since students enrolled at PACT Charter School come from many different districts, the proportion of the tax money any community contributes is proportional to the enrollment of students from that community.)

♦ Minnesota Charter Schools are supported by a statewide organization, MACS (Minnesota Association of Charter Schools) (of which PACT Charter School has been a member since its inception.)

 


1 http://www.publiccharters.org/get-the-facts/public-charter-schools/. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, n.d. Web. 4/29/2014