In Minnesota, online public schools are governed and supported by a public school district and school board. New Code Academy is governed by Bloomington Public Schools (MN) and adheres to the academic standards and accountability of the Bloomington school district. The program is also funded and supported by the district’s strong financial base in addition to state funding received for every pupil. While state education funding follows a student, school districts like Bloomington have a greater economy of scale than a charter school, meaning the same strong human resources, curriculum, financial services, student support services and technology services that support other students and programs in Bloomington also support New Code Academy. All New Code Academy teachers are employees of Bloomington Public Schools, which is known for attracting excellent teachers. Home to Mall of America and Fortune 500 companies, Bloomington Public Schools has a strong tax-base that supports its schools and is known for its high academic standards.
Charter schools are independent public schools open to all students; there are more than 160 charter schools in Minnesota. Charter schools must have an authorizer approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. Charter schools are funded by state education funding that follows a student and may or may not have the financial support of their authorizer.