Ember Reichgott Junge
Minnesota State Senator (1983-2001)
Ember Reichgott Junge is the former Minnesota Senator who authored Minnesota’s 1991 first-in-the-nation charter school law, and a winner of the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.
Ember is a member of the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Brian Bennett Education Warrior Award from Democrats for Education Reform. In honor of the 20th anniversary of chartering, she wrote her award-winning candid historical memoir, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story. She is an international spokesperson for charter public schools, having presented in 34 states, Guam, Canada and India, and founding Board Chair of a Minnesota charter school. She consults on K-12 education, chartering, and with nonprofit and business entities around the U.S. She is Co-Founder of the National Charter Schools Founders Library and Board Vice Chair of Maryland-based Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC), copublisher of Zero Chance of Passage. She received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and MBA from St. Thomas University.
Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story
by: Ember Reichgott Junge