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

Why are There Differences in Michigan Public School Funding?

Posted by Alicia Urbain on March 8, 2017
In Michigan, there is a range of public funding from school to school.  There are both historical and political reasons for disparities found across the state. 
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Topics: School Aid Budget, Charter Schools, Funding

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

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

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