February 8, 2017

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our founding chairman, Bill Cooper.  Bill was a passionate advocate of quality education for all children.  He was immensely proud of the work of  Friends of Education’s thirteen charter schools serving more than 9,000 children:  two are National Blue Ribbon schools, nine are designated by the Minnesota Department of Education as Reward (top 15% of all public schools) and nine are designated as High Quality Charter Schools.  Bill's sole motivation in Friends of Education was to provide a great education to as many children as possible.  One of our schools noted, “I am not sure the impact of Bill’s influence can ever be quantified.  I am reminded of the words of Victor Hugo, ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison.’  Bill has opened many school doors, for thousands of children.  He has given them a gift that lasts a lifetime.”



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Friends of Education's mission is to improve the education of children.  Improving K-12 education since 1999, Friends supports programs which emphasize content and critical thinking with demonstrated evidence of increasing student achievement and post-secondary readiness.

The Minnesota Department of Education awarded Friends of Education its highest Exemplary rating of charter school authorizer performance. 


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01.26.2018 @ 3:00pm       (for a Fall 2019 opening)

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