Senator Heather Gustafson’s Bill Improving Accountability Measures for Charter Schools Advances in Senate Education Policy Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senator Heather Gustafson (DFL-Vadnais Heights) presented a bill Monday in the Senate Education Policy Committee strengthening state law regarding charter schools to improve compliance and accountability for Minnesota’s 180 charter schools. 

“This is an important step in making sure our charter schools are putting the interests of students first and are fulfilling their missions to educate our kids,” said Senator Gustafson. “This bipartisan legislation will guarantee that these schools have the proper oversight they need to succeed.” 

Senator Gustafson worked with the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools on the bill, which is the groups top priority for the 2024 legislative session. The bill enhances requirements for people serving on the boards of charter schools, clarifies requirements for administrators of charter schools, clarifies requirements and definitions in state law, and clarifies the roles of authorizers and the Department of Education in oversight of charter schools. 

Following testimony on the bill, it was laid over for possible inclusion in this year’s education policy omnibus bill. 

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Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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