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While touring the campus of Schoolcraft Learning Community, staff with Volunteers of America–Minnesota also honored the K-8 charter school with its 2013 VOA-MN School Finance Award. Pictured are, from left, eighth-grader Katya Kivi; Paula Hart, president and CEO of VOA-MN, Schoolcraft’s authorizer; Rita Poulton, Schoolcraft’s business manager; and eighth-grader Soren Dybing. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

Charting the right course: Local charter schools praised by state organization

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BEMIDJI — Paula Hart toured local charter schools on Wednesday with interest.

"I grew up in very traditional classrooms with a very traditional education," said Hart, CEO and president of Volunteers of America–Minnesota. "It wasn’t necessarily always a good fit for me, and it’s so exciting to see the amount of choice and the different varieties in ways that kids can learn.

"It’s almost like a Baskin-Robbins, (so many) flavors because vanilla isn’t for everybody."

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