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GK12 Driving Open Enrollment With Parent Choice In Mind

Driving Open Enrollment with Parent Choice in Mind

It truly was an “aha moment” for the district to visualize the location where all the students lived and where they attended. Understanding those trends was critical to promoting the specialized programs and attracting more students. Open Enrollment is having a greater and greater impact on schools across the country. Some states, like Arizona, have […]
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Preparing ALL Students for an Uncertain Future

Preparing All Students for an Uncertain Future

Over the past century our world has moved from much certainty and little change, to one where nothing is certain but change. We’ve moved from an industrial-based economy to a knowledge-based economy that is global, entrepreneurial and innovative. According to futurist Thomas Frey, “about 60 percent of jobs ten years from now haven’t been created […]
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School District Passes Referendum with Unified Support

North Branch tried seven times between 2002 and 2017 to pass a bond or operating levy, without success. In 2016, a single question on the ballot failed by 125 votes, and previous attempts failed by much larger margins.  
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The Risk and Reward of Parent Centric Planning Efforts

In our complicated and political world, the idea of bringing a large groups of community members together can be frightening. The hope of bringing that group to consensus seems almost outlandish. However, the importance of the community input and the power of community support is more powerful than ever before. Public school administrators and School […]
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GK12 Boundary Planning Blueprint: Parent-Centric Boundary Planning Leads to Timely Success

Boundary Planning Blueprint: Parent-Centric Boundary Planning Leads to Timely Success

In November 2015, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, the fourth largest district in Minnesota with over 28,000 students, approved a funding referendum to build its first new elementary school in 22 years, driven by a new annual student growth rate of 1.4 percent. Additional factors contributing to the growth include free all-day kindergarten recently approved by […]
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Why School Referenda Fail: Research and Best Practices for Success

Results of tax referenda over time vary significantly from state to state for a variety of reasons. In any given year, however, upwards of 50% of all school referenda seeking operating money or bonding are unsuccessful. Some factors such as demographics, the economy, anti-tax politics and the presence of organized opposition are contributing factors and […]
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