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In accordance with MN charter laws, all public charter schools are required to have an overseer for accountability and that’s the role of the authorizer.  Authorizers are either traditional public school districts, non-profit organizations with an interest in chartering, or single-purpose non-profits that do nothing but charter authorizing. The MN Guild is Phoenix Academy's authorizer. 


The vision of the Guild is to be the leading authorizer of teacher-powered schools that result in multiple measures of student success through collaborative innovations in teaching and learning.

​The Guild advances the original vision of the chartered-school model, in which teachers are professionally organized and work to create innovative, research-based schools that rely on teacher expertise to identify and use effective teaching strategies, promote engaged student learning, create professional autonomy, and ensure effective, shared responsibility for outcomes.

The Guild vision is aligned with Minnesota Statutes §124E, Subd. 1 (5): create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program.


James Zacchini 
Executive Director


323 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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