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The Charter Law provides charter schools with additional autonomy under Minnesota law. In return it demands additional accountability which comes in the form of an authorizer.


Metro Deaf School is authorized by the University of St. Thomas (UST), in St. Paul, Minnesota.  UST is an approved charter school authorizer through the Minnesota Department of Education. UST currently serves as the authorizer for 12 charter schools across the state of Minnesota.  Each charter school is required to develop a contract and an accountability plan with their authorizer.  The contract requirements and accountability plan are reviewed annually by UST.  MDS reports quarterly to the UST on specific areas outlined in a reporting document developed by UST.

Renewal of a contract (every 3-5 years) is dependent on overall performance and the meeting of goals/expectations set forth by UST, the school board and school leadership working collaboratively to determine what is best and most realistic for the school.  Currently MDS is under contract with UST through June 30, 2024.  The mutually agreed upon renewal process would begin prior to the ending date.

The Program Coordinator for Charter School Auhotrizing at UST is Dana Peterson. She can be reached at or 651-962-4415.



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