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Charter school oversight still a work in progress: Letters show state occasionally intervening to get authorizers to act

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ST. PAUL -- Larry McKenzie started his first job overseeing charter schools with a sense of urgency about the achievement gap, “a global crisis.”

A letter arrived just weeks into his tenure at Pillsbury United Communities in 2012. The state was warning him that one of the schools the nonprofit oversees provided only paid full-day kindergarten, not the required free half-day program.

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