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ST. PAUL – This week the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee is hearing State Representative Linda Slocum's Charter School Reform bill.
“The bill responds to the Legislative Auditor's excellent report and recommendations from last year calling for clearer lines of accountability in starting and running charters and in eliminating conflicts of interest," said State Representative Carlos Mariani, Chair of the K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee. “The public will be further ensured that public funds will be safeguarded and that charters will follow common sense and transparent procedures.
Last fall State Representative Mariani authorized a Working Group to explore this issue and appointed Rep Slocum to lead the effort. They held several public hearings and brought together different groups (Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (MACS) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)) to produce the bill. Committee hearings were conducted in the State Office Building at 8:30 a.m. on February 25th and February 26th and will continue next Tuesday, March 3rd.
“This bill represents broad consensus on making our state's charters stronger institutions,” said State Representative Mariani. Sponsors will be expected to exercise more oversight functions to help ensure charters are well run and charter boards will be required to be better trained.”