Charter School Partners was incorporated in 2008 by a group of education reform leaders who were frustrated with the performance of public education and wanted to address a “crisis of quality” among charter schools in Minnesota. The founding purpose of Charter School Partners was to address this crisis by providing academic and financial technical support to improve charter school performance and to advocate for high performing charters throughout the state. The Walton Family Foundation, consistent with its efforts to generate meaningful education reform across the country, provided a substantial 3-year startup grant to launch Charter School Partners. In February 2009, the first full-time Executive Director was hired and the organization received its federal tax-exempt status in September 2009. The organization completed its first fiscal year in June 2010.