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'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite

Just four more Michigan charters in three years

… increase in the number of charter schools in Michigan … enacted its law governing charter schools 22 years ago. The … cap on the number of charters in 2011. A brief surge in charter schools followed, with … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. … nationwide trade group for charter schools gave Michigan … health of its public charter school sector. For the … Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Michigan … more

Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

Lehman: Restricting charters to save failed DPS 'a moral question'

… Lee Boggs School is a charter school in Detroit that … cap on the number of charters was repealed by … schools, including charter and district-run schools. Just … tests than their nearby charter school peers. While … more

Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them

Success at Detroit Achievement Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy-East

… time, the city s 100 charter campuses have pressed … research . National Charter Schools Week is a … third-year Detroit charters recently allowed me … Cesar Chavez Academy charter district, which spends … more

Measuring the Value of Charter Schools

… Bridge Magazine that charter public schools are twice … of conventional and charter public schools. The … is, he's comparing charter public schools to … will appear mediocre. Charter public schools, without … more

Cherry-Picking Michigan Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

Based on the best evidence, charter schools are a net benefit

… comes to the record of charter schools, Education Trust-Midwest … of public education: charter schools. It's appropriate … discussion about what more charter schools could do to … express frustration that charters haven't raised the … more

Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in

… the system, namely charter school employees. State … know, the shift to charter schools in Michigan … wasn t fair that charters get to avoid the school … school choice through charter schools, cyber schools, … more

The Difference With Charter Schools

In charter schools policy debates … distinction between charter public schools and district-run … Every child in every charter school is there only … number and type of charter schools. Such restrictions … more

Yes They Are: National Magazine Says Poor Detroit Charter Schools Not Closed

Academically failing district schools a different story

… attempted to analyze public charter schools and what ails … promoted by Detroit s charter school opponents: In … operators of Detroit s charter schools almost never … tracks when and why charter schools are closed. … more

Inaccurate Claims Buoy Attacks On Charter Public Schools

'There is no such thing as a "for-profit" charter school in Michigan'

… the district, opposed charter public schools in a … that criticized some charter schools as being for profit. Charter public schools in Michigan … services yet attack charter schools for doing the … more

Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year

But coalition is critical of charters

… Detroit Schoolchildren, charter schools are also part … The report states, Charter authorizers and charter school boards should … better coordinate all charter schools. The … more

Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues

Every charter teacher costs unions about $1,000 a year

… also known as a charter school. But that isn t … number of public charter schools, or even shutting … dependent on them, charter schools represent a … failing school districts, charters may even be seen as … more

Huffington Post Gets Charter School Study Wrong

… article titled Charter School Growth in Michigan … study of Michigan s charter schools by Stanford … that 80 percent of charters perform below the 50th … explains, Michigan public charter schools educate more … more

Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

More Detroit students in poverty attend charters than go to Detroit Public Schools

… from Detroit attending charter public schools, which … percent of Detroit charter school students are … Detroit children in charter schools than the conventional … average the Detroit charter students have higher … more

House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You

Unanimous vote in House committee

… may be the future of charter schools in the city. … shown a bias against charter schools, and did so … ban new or expanded charter schools in the city of Detroit. A charter authorizer would be … more

Charters Increase Special-Ed Enrollment

… criticism lobbed against charter public schools is that … true that historically charters have had relatively … education enrollments in charters are up dramatically. According … whose parents chose charter schools had special … more

Charter School Demand Continues to Rise

… demanding more public charter schools according an … there aren't enough charters to meet demand, often … caps. For every public charter school in the country, … Michigan, two-thirds of charter schools have waiting … more

Free Press Misleads on Charter Schools

… caps on the number of charter public schools contains … dangerous. No charter public school has ever … children who attend charters are those whose parents … increase the number of charters that requires parents , … more

Charter Schools Average Smaller Class Sizes

Less top heavy than conventional schools, too

… expanding the number of charter public schools. That s … or eliminate their charter school competition. These anti-charter claims take various … common complaint of charter opponents, that charters … more

Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent

A decision to suspend charter authorizers not within the law

… the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers sent … authority to suspend charter public school authorizers … Procedures Act. Charter school advocates said … this week to suspend charter school authorizers … more

Michigan Charter Schools a Smashing Success

… Michigan s public charter schools, and the results … results for public charter schools and their students … study matched individual charter school students to students … conventional schools those charter school students would … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. … nationwide trade group for charter schools gave Michigan … health of its public charter school sector. For the … Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Michigan … more

Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

Charter moratorium bills becoming a full legislative package

… that completes the charter public school policy … moratorium on new charter schools would be imposed … September, would put the charter school moratorium in … would provide the new charter school "transparency … more

How Not to Measure Charter School Quality

… too many failing [charter] school operators. A … Trust s analysis of charter public schools is short-sighted, … a cut score for charter school quality based … School Ranking . If a charter school performed better … more

Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent

… son to a Detroit-area charter school in Roseville. … attend the Roseville charter school. The move is … more

Charter Public Schools Give Detroit Schoolchildren Hope

Stanford University study finds charter pupils gain an extra three months of learning

… school a year when in charter public schools compared … Detroit area. Charter public schools in Detroit … previously didn't exist. Charter public schools in Detroit … the third highest charter enrollment in the … more

Politics Alive and Well in Public Schools

Brandon board won't sell vacant building to charter group

… opening a new public charter school there. The school … up going to this new charter school instead. Of … their children in the charter school over schools … says that the local charter school group is only … more

School District, Union Working Together to Try to Ban Charter Schools

Prohibitive language written into union contract that says union, district agree not to authorize or open a charter could violate state law

Charter public schools in Michigan … creating or authorizing charter schools within the district. … 2014, it states, No Charter Schools . The memo … and unions can't stop charter schools from opening … more

Two Charter Public Schools Being Closed

If only all schools faced the same accountability

… couple of Michigan charter public schools are facing … to Michigan's public charter schools. According … Academy of Flint s charter because the school has … their children, but charter public schools must … more

Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'

Charters teach more low-income students, not fewer

… Michigan s public charter schools come from low-income … comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, … Hillary Clinton that charter schools don t take … original idea behind the charter schools was to learn … more

Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice

Under different leadership, plan could empower shutting down Detroit charters

… choice in the city. Charter school advocates fear … stop the growth of charter schools or even shut … leadership put anti-charter board members in charge. The … city. The role of charter schools in educating … more

Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'

There are 48 more charter schools since cap was lifted in 2011

… repeal a cap on charter public schools, Democrats … number of for-profit charter schools would put students … Alliance for Public Charter Schools finds that while … has the fifth most charter school students in the … more

School Choice Advocates Cheer Lift of Charter Public School Cap

Bill contains 'extra level of accountability' for school performance

… the number of public charter schools that can be chartered by public universities. … 22-16 margin. Charter school advocates claim … Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers. Seventy … more

Superintendents Falsely Claim Charter Schools Shortchange Poor Children

State data shows charters serving higher percentage of low-income students than traditional public schools

… site that claimed that charter schools were serving … eligible students in charter schools than in conventional … public school districts. Charter schools had 69.8 percent … paint a picture of charter schools that is misleading," … more

Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist

Dickerson compared charters to liquor monopolists

The state charter school association is … equated the motives of charter school managers and … column critical of the charter school industry, Free … Dickerson said, But the charter industry s interest … more

Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose

'Let them flourish' says parent about charter schools

… whose children attend charter schools and spoke to … proposal to limit public charter schools in the city. … had experience with charter schools first as a father … control of Detroit's charter and conventional public … more

Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools

Four days after bankruptcy approved, Duggan banned sales

… city-owned property to any charter school located within … which would ration charter schools in the city. … more

Charter School Results Proving ACLU Lawsuit Wrong

Highland Park students improve math, reading scores after charter public school company took over

… School District , the charter school management company … more than just add the charter school company as a … performance, or is it about charter companies running failed … more

Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School Choice

State Dems introduce twice as many laws to restrict charter schools than to fund roads

… an outright ban on charter public schools and the … entities that authorize ("charter") them. The bills are … when the number of charter schools in the state … by the most common chartering entity, state universities. … more

TTB a Poor Measure of Charter Performance

Free Press should use better metric

… repeatedly criticized charter public schools that … rankings as evidence of poor charter performance. In a Sunday … rankings as proof of a " charter school mess ." And … that Hope Academy, a charter public school, scored … more

State Can’t Name Any School Closed for Poor Performance

But applies double-standard to charters

As charter public school authorizers … for poorly performing charter schools, choice advocates … threatened to suspend charter school authorizers … closed. In contrast, some charter school authorizers have … more

Top 10 Charter High Schools

… list of the top 10 charter public high schools. To … more

Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System

… districts or nearby public charter schools. But thousands … converting DPS into an all-charter system where individual … shows that, on average, charter schools improve education … needs. An all-charter system in a large urban … more

Hypocritical Outrage Over Conventional Schools Closed Versus Charter Public Schools

Overspending sinks some public schools; 77 charter schools have been closed

… Walter French Academy charter school in Lansing closed … million more than the charter public school and was … didn't want any more charter public schools added … accountability" with charter schools when they were … more

No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed

22 charters have shuttered since 1994

… law introduced public charter schools to the state … about 30 percent of the charters that have opened their … conventional public schools, charters have no semi-monopoly … school provides. If a charter school fails to deliver, … more

Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

… including independent charter schools. The Detroit … competition from outside charter schools, which both … traditional public schools or charters. That is unlikely for … incentive to shut down charter competition and keep … more

Contrary to Report, Charter Schools Get Less Money Per Pupil Than Conventional Schools

Media runs with faulty claim that charter public schools at fault for conventional schools financial problems

Michigan charter public schools have … report . Yet, charter public schools receive … Moody's description that charter school funding is "generous," … revenue problem. Charter public schools face … more

Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

'Charter schools have traditionally been the only public schools that have been held accountable for their performance'

… schools, four were charter public schools and three … remain open. "Charter schools have traditionally … for all schools charter or traditional." Twenty-nine of … recently been converted to charter public schools or are … more

Educrats Spin Conspiracy Theories

… cap on the number of charter public schools. The … increased competition from charters. The … child s education to a charter public school, thousands … tax dollar goes to a charter school unless parents … more

Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

… daughter to a public charter school in Eastpointe. … more

Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter

Saginaw school board eventually approves sale of vacant building to charter school

… interested party a charter school the Saginaw … the offer from the charter school. Francis … not the first time a charter school in Michigan has … that ban sales to a charter. Although conventional … more

'Stranded Costs' Will Always Be Paid by Taxpayers

… to nerf public charter schools and school contractors. The unions would like charters and contractors to … regardless of whether charters or contractors are included. Both charters and school contractors … more

National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities

CREDO analysis says Detroit charter students have up to 'several months' learning advantage over traditional peers

Detroit schoolchildren in charter schools are getting … independent analyst of charter school effectiveness. … suggest that Detroit charter schools should serve … students in Detroit charter schools receive the … more

Politicians: Stop Blocking the Online Charter School Door!

Online charter schools are a promising … market demand: One online charter school is being forced … of a Michigan online charter school notes that he … taxpayer dollars, given that online charter schools generally cost … more

Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years

Yet, charter schools need more oversight?

… administrators. ForTheRecord says: Critics of charter schools complain that … They also argue that charter schools, which educate … more

Variety Isn't Discrimination

Reuters reports that some charter public schools in Ohio, … investigation) an Illinois charter public school actually required … However, Michigan forbids charter public schools from … test scores. Michigan charter public schools can choose … more

A Closer Look: Michigan Radio Columnist Calls for Shuttering Charter Schools

Liberal columnist thinks best charters only open to 'well connected'

… all of Michigan s charter schools. Lessenberry … include quite a few charter school success stories. … Countryside Academy charter school. The school does … vastly incompetent at chartering, administering and … more

Promise of Profit Can Help Neediest Students

… Group, a for-profit charter management company, … another for-profit charter management company, … up a building for a charter public school that will open … school). Throughout Michigan, charter school companies are … more

State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice

A growing push back against charter schools

… about accountability of charter public schools. He said … decision makers that charter schools need more oversight. State … authority to suspend charter authorizers that don t … Press was critical of charter schools. Austin … more

Almost 220,000 Michigan Public School Students Rely On School Choice

Charter public schools blamed for problems with traditional public schools, but parents choose charters and other alternatives for their kids

… enrolled in either a charter school or a school … enrolled in public charter schools and 99,301 attended … point the finger at charter schools. Moody's … Oct. 15 titled, " Charter Schools Pose Growing … more

Detroit Success Story: Cesar Chavez Charter School

Cesar Chavez school, a charter school in Detroit, Mich., … more

Flanagan Goes too Far on Charter Schools

State TTB ranking a proxy for poverty

… conventional districts and charter public schools. And … is taking on public charter schools. MDE has just … threatening to stop 11 charter public school authorizers … University. The charter school authorizers Flanagan … more

Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

School choice for parents vs. protecting nation's worst urban district

… said that limiting charter schools in the city … statements about limiting charters in a TV interview , … stacking the deck against charter schools. The proposed … city-owned properties to any charter school that would operate … more

Michigan Charter Schools Closing While Failing Conventional Schools Stay Open

Analyst: 'That is how charter schools are held accountable'

… Flint, Center Academy charter school and Northern … distinction between how charter schools authorizers handle … recently as saying charter school authorizers should … our bad schools, both charters and traditional schools?" … more

Charter Schools Serve More Low-Income Students Than Conventional Districts

Despite claims, wealthy families are not benefiting more than poor families because of school choice

… study on Michigan charter public schools done … University study found that charter public schools had significantly … that 70 percent of the charter students were economically … reading and math when in charter schools than their peers … more

Charter schools often shut down; other schools rarely are

… 90 poor performing charter schools. Michigan had … state law regarding charter schools. ForTheRecord … only being applied to charter schools and not conventional public schools. Charter public schools must … more

Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?

It took a hurricane, but New Orleans has improved academically

… education into an all-charter school system. Duncan … the New Orleans all-charter format? The Coalition … the New Orleans all-charter experience, but Skillman … Orleans or citywide charter model that the Coalition … more

Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal

Governor wants debt relief, charter schools survive

… industry group for public charter schools in the state, … the power to close charter schools and restrict … restrict and close charters. Charter school advocates feared … more

Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

Had been accepted to several top universities

… shows that students in charter public schools in Michigan … Education Outcomes (CREDO), charter students in Detroit … more

Documentary: The Highland Park Transformation

Highland Park schools were failing, but a charter school company is turning things around

… eventual switch to a charter public school system. Today, … converted to a system of charter public schools in 2012. … option, Highland Park's charter conversion is one of … operations. During the first year of charter school operation, students … more

Charter School Superintendent Makes Over $339K A Year

Summit Academy director Alison Cancilliari oversees high school given 'F' on report card

… the state is from a charter public school whose … parents can leave a charter public school and have … CMU has authorized 59 charter public schools. Statewide, there are 280 charter public schools. Officials … more

New Study Shows Better Results For Public Charter School Students Compared To Students In Conventional Schools

Stanford University report took race, poverty level, English language learner and special education status into account

… in Michigan public charter schools do better academically … followed more than 85,000 charter school students in 273 … tests. Michigan public charter school students had … policies and practices for charter schools and their authorizers … more

Superintendent Uses School Email List For Politics

Head of Farmington Public Schools urges parents to oppose charter school bill

… the arbitrary cap on charter public schools. Experts … Claims Buoy Attacks On Charter Public Schools Profiting … Democrat Measure Targets Charter Public Schools Superintendents' Letter About Charter Schools 'Incredibly … more

Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Schools – Part II

Democratic Leader: '[School choice] is a choice in theory but it really doesn't exist'

… on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. … a moratorium on new charters is seen by some as … of an overall war on charter public schools. This … Democratic caucus regarding charter schools. The introduction … more

War on Charters Tied to Politics and Union Money

… public education charter public schools. According to charter school supporters, these … The first Michigan charters were launched in 1994, … could be authorized ( chartered ) by a state university, … more

Attorney Questions School Superintendent on Charter School Action

… suspends the ability of charter public school authorizers … the state s law on charter schools. Richard … with his meeting with charter school Authorizers; … portfolio of public charter schools accountable. He … more

Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters

Measure protectes status quo system

… buildings to a public charter school for a period … choice in the form of charters keeps expanding in … 77 properties to a charter school that is within … role in the future of charter schools in the city. … more

Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report

… students. These schools are charter schools. And though Michigan charter schools have a demonstrated … showing that Detroit charter students learned significantly … found that Michigan charter school students learned … more

Conventional District Sidelines Successful Charter To Financially Benefit Itself

Video Report: Livonia Public Schools abruptly terminates Hinoki International School

… has been declining, a charter public school in its … business because the charter cannot find space on … boundaries. The charter could find a new authorizer, … year when its current charter expires. Why … more

How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo

… for requiring all charter schools to participate … simply seeks to burden charter schools with what some … expansion of poor quality charters and cyber-only schools … fact that attending a charter school requires parents … more

Local School District Escapes 'At Risk' List Despite Hostile Charter Takeover

Livonia Public Schools works to hide information; will gain hundreds of thousands of dollars

… compiling its list of charter authorizers that are … board when it gave the charter public school nearly … authorizer of future charter schools," Gillman writes. … Aug. 15 on at-risk charter authorizers. The list … more

Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'

Critics: Protecting status quo district trumps what's best for kids

… apply only to any new charter school, given that the … limiting or eliminating charter schools within the city. … closed schools) to a charter school if it is within … stories implied that charter schools had some special … more

What if this had Happened at a Charter School?

… alleged failings at some charter schools to call for … had originated in a charter school. more

It Shouldn’t Take a Hurricane to Revitalize Detroit Public Schools

… could be turned into charter public schools, a move … million by authorizing charter management companies … increasing the number of charter schools in a struggling … created dozens of new charter schools following Hurricane … more

MEA Ignores Socioeconomic Status In Claiming Public Charter School is 'Failing'

Cesar Chavez Academy is a highly-rated school based on comparable students

… Michigan rated the charter school as the 65 th best … school districts and charter public schools. It … consideration that charter campuses like Cesar … MEAP. Sixty percent of the charter schools' students are … more

Schauer Wants to Put Limits On Advertising Done By Charter Public Schools

But some traditional public schools spend thousands on advertising, too

… promises to limit how much charter public schools could … upset that a national charter management company spent … Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools Defenders … more

Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me

State won't shut down failing traditional public schools

… current critique of charter schools in this state. … with accountability for charter schools, but according to charter school advocates, that … the performance of charter public schools, which … more

Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools

… Washington D.C. s Public Charter School Board. That governing … school. The D.C. Charter School Board is also … fee it charges to the charters under its umbrella. … self-funded. While the D.C. Charter School Board provides … more

Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters

Bill sponsor disagrees

… moratorium on any new charter public schools opening … doom for all of the charter public schools in the … increasing the number of charter schools would, in reality, close every charter school in the state … more

Union Official: No More Charter Schools in Detroit

But independent research shows they're a model to follow

… opposing a request to charter school operators issued … may be looking to charterize the management … schools. Any plan for mass charterization of public schools … Detroit s existing charter schools are a model … more

'Level' Playing Field for Detroit Charter Schools?

'You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means'

… would be able to ration charter schools in a manner … playing field between charters and public schools. ForTheRecord … closed DPS school to a charter school located within … more

State Education Department Gives a Pass To Failing Districts; Punishes Charters

Two high schools have been on the state's poor academics watch list for five consecutive years

… the accountability of charter public schools, some … Education Project, said no charter school could have stayed … while cracking down on charter schools. The … develop comprehensive charter school reform. State … more

As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

Pontiac Public Schools posts teachers' contract that expired in 2011

… Specifically, when charter schools are called out … press conference that charter schools were not following … potentially penalize charter schools, based on allegations … also: Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School … more

State Board of Education Member Interjects Herself Into Negotiations Between Union, Charter School Operator

Michelle Fecteau is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers

… between a union and charter public school operator. Not … one of the largest charter public schools in the … Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff are … Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (the … more

MEA's Hyperbole About Cyber Charter Schools

… that manage online charter public schools here … two current online charters now allowed shows the … million level, online charters would have to enroll … currently on online charter waiting lists, the schools … more

Democratic Strategist Calls Charter School Official 'The Human Herpes Virus'

… strategist called a charter school board president … more

Charter Schools Not At Fault For Conventional School Failures

Charter schools open because parents want choices

… district systems to charter schools. "Under … open more and more charters and cyber charters, we are dissipating … in terms of opening charter and cyber schools, she … more

More Michigan Students Opt for School Choice

… increasing. So has charter public school enrollment. During … are attending public charter schools this year. But … were there because the charter school they wanted to … two-thirds of public charter schools have wait lists . More … more

A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

… one of the many area charter schools. My colleagues … website, . Stories told … enrolled her two sons in a charter school, explained it … choices. Not every charter school is great. There … more

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