Transitioning to a New School

Posted by Amy Bytof on March 29, 2017
Reasons for transiting to a new school can vary, but the feelings and emotions that come along with it, can weigh heavy on you and your child. Moving from one school to the next can be extremely overwhelming, both for you as the parent but also for your child. How can you help ease the transition [...]
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Who is Managing Michigan Charter Schools?

Posted by Dan Quisenberry on March 24, 2017
There has been a focus of late on Michigan’s charter schools and too many times there have been false references to Michigan, or specific cities like Detroit, that lead the reader to falsely believe that every charter school in Michigan is managed by “management companies that are only interested [...]
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What is MAPSA?

Posted by Heather Risner on March 16, 2017
MAPSA is Michigan's charter school association, and we’re the unified voice for the 150,000 students and more than 10,000 educators working in the state’s 300 charter public schools. We believe that every child in Michigan deserves a choice for a quality education.
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Topics: MAPSA, Charter Schools

Michigan’s ESSA Plan Significantly Impacts Educators

Posted by Angi Beland on March 14, 2017
The Michigan Department of Education has opened up the final opportunity for stakeholders to submit feedback on Michigan’s ESSA Plan. The challenge however is that the plan consists of 153 single spaced pages of important information. It’s no casual read to determine how exactly the plan will [...]
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Topics: ESSA, Accountability, Assessment

Making a Great Choice for Your Teaching Job

Posted by Becky Carlton on March 9, 2017
You may have not heard all positive things about charters schools from your college of education, but know this- everyone has made a choice to be at a charter school. Parents, teachers, students, and leadership all made a choice to be at a charter school. The action of choosing creates a culture of [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Teachers, Teaching

Michigan Charter schools have endured numerous fights to survive and thrive

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on March 7, 2017
If you’re a parent whose child is thriving at a Michigan charter school, you’re no doubt thankful that someone had the vision and passion to open that school.  There’s also a good chance, though, that you take for granted the fact that you’re able to have that choice in the first place. Won’t [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools

March is Reading Month!

Posted by Amy Bytof on March 1, 2017
As you may or may not know, every March the nation gets together to celebrate March is Reading. The month of March is dedicated to literacy as a way to recognize and honor the birthday of Mr. Ted Grisel, otherwise known as the famous Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss was born on March 2nd, 1904 and as a way to [...]
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Topics: March is Reading, Reading

Who are the people in opposition to charter schools?

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on February 16, 2017
Who are these people that hate charter schools so much? It’s a question that charter school parents and students often find themselves asking. These parents and students have found the perfect educational fit – a school that’s innovative, successful, safe and welcoming – only to turn around and see [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Opposition

Mandatory school closures? Explaining the School Reform Office

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on February 15, 2017
If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that 38 poor-performing schools in Michigan might be closed by something called the SRO – School Reform Office. This is all very new and confusing, and parents are understandably confused, so let’s try to sort it all out. What is the School Reform [...]
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Topics: School Closure, School Reform Office

Governor’s 2017-18 Budget Proposal Announcement

Posted by Alicia Urbain on February 9, 2017
Governor Snyder recently presented his budget to fund schools for next year. In a surprising shift, the Governor wants to fund the schools rather than students. Specifically, the he wants to fund students based on the type of school they attend, giving lower amounts for students in K-8 schools and [...]
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Topics: Budget, School Aid Budget, Equitable Funding