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NOTICE: The Charter Vision project is dormant as of January 2008. This website is provided for archival purposes only.

Charter Happenings

STARS Conference

February 15 2007

Editor’s note: Becca has been an contributor to Charter Vision since 2005-06. MAAP STARS is a competition-based event where students from alternate schools gather to compete in various events such as Team Audio/Video, Entrepreneurship, “LifeSmarts,” and much more. There are several gatherings throughout the year including the Fall Leadership Conference, Legislative Day, the Regional Conference, […]

Cat on a Leash

February 15 2007

Editor’s note: Tim Goodwin is the academic director of Northfield School of Arts and Technology, ironically the first charter school to be approved for Q-Comp. This article was originally written in September 2005 for the school’s weblog. It has been reprinted with permission. One morning after leaving the coffee shop, heading off to school I […]


May 2005

MAAP STARS is a youth program where students from alternative and charter schools get together and compete for plaques and other awards. There is a conference in the spring, which expands over two days. Students show their talents to gain self esteem, confidence, friends, and awards. At the conference, students compete in teams and individually. […]

Legislative Rally

May 2005

At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 28th, 2005, a statewide rally was underway at the State Capitol Building in Saint Paul. Hundreds of students, teachers, parents, and community members, gathered at the Capitol to raise public school funding. Students spoke out, hoping to get their voices heard and to let others know that public schools […]

2005 Sees a Dramatic Increase in Charter Enrollment

May 2005

Ever since the movement started in 1992, the number of charter schools and the number of students attending them has been rising. Charter schools all over the country are becoming competition for regular public schools. Well, 2005 has seen the biggest increase in the 13 years since the start. In Minnesota, 17,441 students are currently […]

Charter School Student Breaks 47 Year Old Basketball Record

February 2005

Cash Eggleston smashed a record set 47 years ago for the number of points made during a high school baskeball game in Minnesota on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005. Eggleston, a student at Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTS), located in Minneapolis, scored 90 points during the game. The former record was set January 28th, 1958 by […]

Playing as a Team at the Legislature

May 2004

Editors’ note: This is a follow-up to Nell’s original article, Playing as a Team. This winter many charter school supporters have been working to make it a law that all charter school students can participate in extra-curricular activities at the local schools. Bills like the one that are in the process now have been to […]

Four Directions Offers Innovation in Media Arts

May 2004

When leaders at Four Directions, an urban charter school located in North Minneapolis, asked a group of ten high school students to teach teachers and students from another urban charter school how to implement a successful media arts program through peer mentorship, they knew the idea was innovative-innovative enough to win them national recognition and […]

Playing as a Team

November 2003

Editors’ note: The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) recently approved a cooperative agreement between ARTech (Northfield) and Northfield High School, an arrangement that allows ARTech students to participate in the NHS athletic program. A great many charter schools in Minnesota are struggling to forge similar agreements with their local districts. In this piece, Nell, […]

New Charter School Newspaper

November 2003

Welcome to the premier issue of Charter Vision, a quarterly newspaper by and for the students, families, staff, and friends of charter schools. Spearheaded by the ARTech Charter School in Northfield, Minnesota, this first run has a circulation of 50,000 and may soon be available in a monthly edition online. This newspaper is supported by […]

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