Governor’s Education Policy Bill heard in committee

The Governor’s Education Policy Bill which was heard in the Education Policy Committee this week is a relatively short bill, but includes some substantial changes to reading requirements that will help students who struggle to read well and proficiently by third grade.

Another major provision clearly defines a “charter management organization, education service provider, education management organization, and school management organization” and states that a charter school may not enter into agreements with a for-profit or non-profit organization defined by the bill. The bill clearly defines these organizations because there are many out-of-state for-profit organizations that are taking over charter school management across the country, making it difficult for Minnesota’s charter schools to operate successfully and diverting taxpayer dollars to out-of-state companies in the education business. (SF1222)