NSCW Series: The Raines Family 

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on January 19, 2018
In celebration of National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), we invited charter school parents across Michigan tell their stories of school-choice success. Meet Tammisha Raines, a mom who has three children attending William C. Abney Academy in Grand Rapids.
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Topics: Charter Schools, School Choice, Education Solutions, Michigan

Announcing the 2017 Thankful Contest winner!

Posted by Grace Noyola on December 11, 2017
One month ago, we asked charter families, teachers and students why they were thankful for their schools. The responses were overwhelming - whether it was innovative teachers, dynamic classrooms, or diverse learning opportunities, charter schools are getting it right.
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Topics: Charter Schools, Parent Engagement, School Choice

What's the vision? Kids and quality.

Posted by Dan Quisenberry on November 15, 2017
If you care about education, you may be like most Americans – concerned by the lack of results and frustrated by the constant arguing by adults about possible solutions. Parents want to be involved.  Taxpayers want to pay for what works.  When do we begin seeing the remarkable outcomes our children [...]
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Topics: School Funding, Charter Schools, School Choice, Education Solutions

Knowing that school choice is possible for your kids

Posted by Guest Author on October 9, 2017
Here we are again, the start of another school year, and our family’s journey continues.  As a reminder, my husband and I have been truly blessed with three amazing and completely different kids (22, 14, 13). Our oldest graduated with honors from a highly ranked public school and State University, [...]
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Topics: Charter Schools, School Choice

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

Why You Should Submit a Review of Your Child's School

Posted by Alicia Urbain on August 29, 2016
When searching for schools, a lot of parents use some of the school rating websites like greatschools.org, niche.com, or schooldigger.com (and there are many, many more).  Home sale sites like zillow.com and realtor.com also pull data from school rating sites. While the sites have information about [...]
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Topics: School Choice

School Choice: You Are Not Alone

Posted by Alicia Urbain on August 18, 2016
Every parent wants the best for theirs kids. As a mom, I know what we view best for our kids can differ widely.  But there is no question that all parents want their kids to succeed.  While I am by no means the perfect parent, and I make A LOT of mistakes, like the time our daughter fell off the [...]
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Topics: Parent Engagement, School Choice

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