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 Guest Author 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

How the Newly Nominated Secretary of Education will Advance MAPSA's Ideals

Posted by Dan Quisenberry on December 15, 2016
Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.  The nomination triggered intense and diverse reaction across the country, praise and attacks. We were among those who praised this selection and I wanted to take this opportunity to [...]
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Topics: MAPSA, Charter Schools, Vision, Education Solutions

Taking a Look at Detroit: What does the data really say about Detroit Charter Schools?

Posted by Guest Author on December 9, 2016
Detroit schools, and their ability to serve students, have had their fair (or unfair) share of attention lately. It goes without saying, but I am going to say it anyway: Detroit is suffering, and education in the city is suffering. But there are bright spots and pockets around the city. There are [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Detroit, Data

What does the presidential election mean for Common Core?

Posted by Alicia Urbain on December 7, 2016
The recent presidential campaign wasn’t overwhelmed with education as a main issue, but we did hear Common Core come up at times.  President-Elect Trump has stated he was opposed to common core.  So what does that mean for Michigan’s schools?
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Topics: Charter Schools, Common Core

The Facts on Michigan Charter School Accountability

Posted by Alicia Urbain on December 6, 2016
We have noticed recently many people incorrectly stating that Michigan charter schools have little to no regulation, no oversight, and no accountability.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The premise of charter schools has been accountability for student academic performance in exchange [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, Accountability, Facts

What a Charter School Means to Me: Written by Charter School Students

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on November 16, 2016
We have some very extraordinary charter school students in the state of Michigan!  In the spring, the National Charter School Institute held an essay contest asking charter school students across the state, “What my charter school means to me.”  The Institute received hundreds of essays from [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools

How to Pick a School for Your Child

Posted by Guest Author on August 17, 2016
In the past six years, Michigan schools have been assessed in many ways.  Did the school meet it’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals? Then we switched to the Top to Bottom. How did your school compare to other schools? Then a color-coding system took hold, but only for a year or so. Now the [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, School Choice