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

What is Count Day and What Does it Mean For My Child?

Posted by Alicia Urbain on February 6, 2017
The annual winter pupil count days for Michigan’s schools are coming up soon. You may hear from the school about these special days and how important it is to get your student to school on those days. There’s good reason – the school’s annual funding depends on it. The first Wednesday in October is [...]
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Topics: Budget, Count Day, Student Count

My School Choice Story

Posted by Guest Author on February 3, 2017
By Celina Inosencio, Grandparent at Grand Rapids Ellington Academy Thank you for the opportunity to tell a little about me and my school choice. I am a grandparent raising two awesome grandkids. People might say why are you doing this at your age, I tell them cause my family (kids, grandkids, son [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, School Choice

Steps to Start a Charter School

Posted by Becky Carlton on January 26, 2017
Starting a charter school can be one of the toughest jobs anyone can commit to, but also one of the most rewarding. A clear plan of a quality charter school is critical to your success. On average, the development of a new charter school can take anywhere from 1-3 years, which may vary depending on [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Start a Charter School

Michigan Charter Schools Meeting the Needs of Communities

Posted by Amy Bytof on January 24, 2017
Schools are the glue to the communities they serve, they hold people together and bring a sense of pride to residents in the community. Charter schools are inheritably located in communities where there is a specific need to fill a void. In that regard, charter schools do a variety of different [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Parent Engagement

Empowered Parents Make The Best Choices

Posted by Angi Beland on January 19, 2017
Parents are faced with hundreds of decisions on a daily basis concerning their children. What’s for lunch? What are they going to wear today? Who is dropping off and picking up? What’s for dinner? These decisions can consume the minutes of a day, but few decisions have as much long-term impact as [...]
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Topics: Parent Engagement

In Praise of Michigan’s Great Charter School Teachers

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on January 17, 2017
Thanks to my job, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of charter schools in Michigan and meet hundreds of charter school teachers. I can say without hesitation that we have some of the best educators in America working in Michigan’s charter schools.
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Topics: Awards, Teachers

Equitable Funding for Michigan Charter Schools

Posted by Amy Bytof on January 9, 2017
Equitable. We see the definition above and it seems simple, right? Like something that would make sense in terms of school funding - all students in Michigan are funded equitably. Unfortunately that is not the case here in Michigan, especially in charter schools, and in fact, there is much [...]
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Topics: School Funding, Budget, School Aid Budget