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Site-governance agreement between district school board and district school

In 2009, with support from Education|Evolving and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers the Minnesota Legislature passed the Site-Governed Schools law, allowing for the creation of schools inside districts that enjoy the same autonomy and exemption from state regulation as schools in the chartering sector. School autonomy is spelled out explicitly in the law, leaving little to doubt and dispute. It's an option to give teachers in schools created under the law significant control over who works there, what learning model is used, how the budget is allocated, and the schedule of the school days and year. These details are arranged through districts’ agreements with applicants who wish to start and take responsibility for a site-governed school, and the schools are judged on results.

In Los Angeles, the Woodland Hills Academy has been operating under the similarly organized Expanded School-Based Management Model since 2006. San Francisco Community School has secured its autonomy in recent years (although it has operated with informal teacher autonomy since 1972) via a Small Schools by Design agreement with the San Francisco board of education.

Schools With This Arrangement

San Francisco Community School

SFCS is a Small School By Design in which teachers make learning interesting through science-based, challenge-driven projects. Students experience a strong sense of community because they are in multi-age classrooms, they participate in daily class meetings, schoolwide conflict resolution, and a str...

Woodland Hills Academy

Provide a positive, student centered environment in which all students will develop academic, social, emotional, and practical skills and attitudes in order to enable them to be lifelong learners and productive, responsible citizens in a diverse society. Woodland Hills proposes to allocate financial...

Athens Community School

Athens Community School is a small rural K-8 school that transitioned to teacher-powered in 2015.