A Proposed Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution

This commentary was first published on July 13, 2020, in the Star Tribune. Understanding the significance of this proposal is important for Minnesota schools. Neel Kashkari is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Alan Page is a retired Minnesota...

Open Meeting Law Q&A (During COVID 3.23.20)

In response to the many questions asked at the Board Chat on 3.23.20, we have developed the following to clarify questions. Please seek the following resource below, your school’s attorney or Jim Martin at 612-581-8450 jmartinlawfirm@gmail.com Minnesota Department of...

What Boards Should Know About Special Education

Special education is a broad and complex topic that can intimidate educators and board members alike. Even the most seasoned administrators can find themselves second-guessing prior knowledge, questioning new legislation, or needing a second (or third!) opinion on a...

Getting 360 Degree Reviews Right

Many of the charter schools we work with are adopting 360s as an element of their leadership development plan. We highly recommend this if used for development purposes only, not as part of the leadership’s performance review. We thought we would share this article...

Improving Board Efficiency

Charter school boards use a variety of tools to help manage their meetings. For example, I have observed some boards using Google Drive to assist with the myriad of documents. Although not entirely secure for sensitive documents, this is clearly an option. However,...

Meeting Minutes Made Simple

  Meeting minutes are a formal recording of transactions that occurred at a specific time and place. Minutes are a record of what was done, not all that was said.  So, what are some best practices for creating effective minutes? Below are a few guidelines for...

10 Lessons from Charter School Board Service

ADOPT MEETING NORMS – Everyone has busy lives. Be respectful of your fellow board members and staff. Show up on time, put cell phones away, read your board packet in advance and always make sure to be respectful of other’s opinions and maintain your professionalism....

Top Pitfalls of Minnesota Open Meeting Law

By Beth Finch and John Cairns Law, P.A. The information in this document is not and should not be considered legal advice as to any particular Minnesota Open Meeting Law issue that a charter school may be dealing with. My observation about charter schools is the...
Board Study

Board Study

By: Beth Finch | BoardSource published results from the 8th version of its national survey “Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices.”  Although not exclusive to charter schools and education, 850 non-profit chief executives and 246 board...