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'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite

Just four more Michigan charters in three years

The current school year marks only the … increase in the number of charter schools in Michigan since the … enacted its law governing charter schools 22 years ago. The … more

Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

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

… Grace Lee Boggs School is a charter school in Detroit that opened … cap on the number of charters was repealed by … more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

… months, Detroit Public Schools has been rife with … time, the city s 100 charter campuses have pressed … research . National Charter Schools Week is a … more

Measuring the Value of Charter Schools

… a statewide ranking of schools , which took student … Bridge Magazine that charter public schools are twice … Mackinac Center's High School Report Card . Not … of conventional and charter public schools. The … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… commission to dictate school enrollment decisions … the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. … jurisdiction over all public schools within the city, including … nationwide trade group for charter schools gave Michigan … 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 the Detroit public school system. The story … promoted by Detroit s charter school opponents: In … more

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

Unanimous vote in House committee

… bailout for the Detroit school district, the greatest … may be the future of charter schools in the city. Democratic … shown a bias against charter schools, and did so … more

The Difference With Charter Schools

In charter schools policy debates … distinction between charter public schools and district-run schools … more

Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

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

… example than the public school employee pension system. … the system, namely charter school employees. State … know, the shift to charter schools in Michigan … 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 to … more

Inaccurate Claims Buoy Attacks On Charter Public Schools

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

Comstock Public Schools privatized janitorial … the district, opposed charter public schools in a letter to a … that criticized some charter schools as being for … more

Charter Schools Average Smaller Class Sizes

Less top heavy than conventional schools, too

… expanding the number of charter public schools. That s the conclusion … conventional public school status quo, many of … or eliminate their charter school competition. These … 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

… people can t afford school choice. If Detroit … from Detroit attending charter public schools, which … poor families afford school choice, they often times … percent of Detroit charter school students are … more

Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

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

… transition in Detroit Public Schools said that limiting charter schools in the city will be … statements about limiting charters in a TV interview , … more

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

Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

… for Detroit Public Schools that gives the district … power to shut down schools, including independent charter schools. The Detroit … competition from outside charter schools, which both … more

Huffington Post Gets Charter School Study Wrong

… article titled Charter School Growth in Michigan Brings … study of Michigan s charter schools by Stanford University into … more

Charter School Demand Continues to Rise

… demanding more public charter schools according an annual … every public charter school in the country, there … there aren't enough charters to meet demand, often … more

Free Press Misleads on Charter Schools

… caps on the number of charter public schools contains a series of … dangerous. No charter public school has ever … more

Two Charter Public Schools Being Closed

If only all schools faced the same accountability

… couple of Michigan charter public schools are facing the harsh … contractual obligations. The schools are closing for different … to Michigan's public charter schools. According … more

Michigan Charter Schools a Smashing Success

… Michigan s public charter schools, and the results … results for public charter schools and their students … more

Charters Increase Special-Ed Enrollment

… criticism lobbed against charter public schools is that they don t … conventional public schools, this has begun to … true that historically charters have had relatively … more

Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues

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

Conventional public school districts may covet … a Michigan "public school academy" also known as a charter school. But that isn t … number of public charter schools, or even shutting … 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. … margin. Charter school advocates claim the … more

Politics Alive and Well in Public Schools

Brandon board won't sell vacant building to charter group

School boards are sometimes … opening a new public charter school there. The school … mid-sized Michigan school district, however, demonstrates … up going to this new charter school instead. Of … more

How Not to Measure Charter School Quality

… too many failing [charter] school operators. A focus on school quality for all schools … Trust s analysis of charter public schools is short-sighted, … more

School Choice Benefits Students

… Michigan students, the school they attend is the only … Some students attend charter public schools or take … majority of Michigan school districts have just … Michigan students attend a charter public school or a school … more

Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent

… son to a Detroit-area charter school in Roseville. Though … the state to limit school choice in the City of … attend the Roseville charter school. The move is … more

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

Yet, charter schools need more oversight?

Thirteen Detroit Public School employees were charged … administrators. ForTheRecord says: Critics of charter schools complain that … fake invoices to the school district for payments … They also argue that charter schools, which educate … more

Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year

But coalition is critical of charters

… 20 conventional high schools in Detroit, 18 are … Detroit Schoolchildren, charter schools are also part … F grade on the school performance ratings … The report states, Charter authorizers and charter … more

Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

Charter moratorium bills becoming a full legislative package

… that completes the charter public school policy they would likely … moratorium on new charter schools would be imposed … 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 after … Buena Vista Public Schools was dissolved after … million more than the charter public school and was … 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 warned that … number of for-profit charter schools would put students … 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

The Saginaw Public School district has been operating … interested party a charter school the Saginaw … deficit since the 2010-11 school year, and the proposed … the offer from the charter school. Francis … more

Top 10 Charter High Schools

… nearly 600 public high schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … list of the top 10 charter public high schools. To see … 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'

There are 51 schools that have been in the … a row. Of those 51 schools, four were charter public schools and three … remain open. "Charter schools have traditionally … 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 one mile … an existing Detroit school district school. The … which would ration charter schools in the city. … more

Superintendents Falsely Claim Charter Schools Shortchange Poor Children

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

Seventy-one Michigan public school superintendents signed … site that claimed that charter schools were serving middle … eligible students in charter schools than in conventional … 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 the Mackinac … proposal to limit public charter schools in the city. The Mackinac … more

More Michigan Students Opt for School Choice

… interested in expanding school choice than it is in … increasing. So has charter public school enrollment. During … said that increasing school choice in Michigan was … are attending public charter schools this year. But … more

Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

… daughter to a public charter school in Eastpointe. Her daughter … her daughter went to school. Usually, it's … that you're in is the school that you would have … 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 … don't prefer private schools can still choose where … more

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

Under different leadership, plan could empower shutting down Detroit charters

… plan to revitalize schools within the city of Detroit has school-choice advocates concerned … choice in the city. Charter school advocates fear … stop the growth of charter schools or even shut … 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 a letter … authority to suspend charter public school authorizers without … more

Educrats Spin Conspiracy Theories

… Kalamazoo County public school officials are complaining … cap on the number of charter public schools. The … eliminate public schools. Such alarmist … increased competition from charters. The … 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 … risk for urban public school districts that are under … report . Yet, charter public schools receive … more

Charter Public Schools Give Detroit Schoolchildren Hope

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

… ago, Detroit Public Schools students scored the … school a year when in charter public schools compared … answers." But thanks to school choice, there may finally … Detroit area. Charter public schools in Detroit … 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

… stated that because school choice doesn't provide … study on Michigan charter public schools done … districts. "That's turned some schools into ghettos of poverty," … University study found that charter public schools had significantly … more

Charter School Results Proving ACLU Lawsuit Wrong

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

… troubled Highland Park School District , the charter school management company now … more than just add the charter school company as a … more

Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System

… opted out of attending schools controlled by Detroit Public Schools and have enrolled instead … districts or nearby public charter schools. But thousands … converting DPS into an all-charter system where individual … 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 … more

Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record

Well-funded Excellent Schools Detroit favors bailout

Detroit Public Schools has experienced massive … schools, including charter schools. But more … be the worst urban school district in the country … on opening any new charters in the district. This … more

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

Governor wants debt relief, charter schools survive

… overspending by Detroit Public Schools was introduced Thursday. … industry group for public charter schools in the state, … parents to choose a school that best fits their … the power to close charter schools and restrict … more

Detroit Success Story: Cesar Chavez Charter School

Cesar Chavez school, a charter school in Detroit, Mich., was … report card for high schools. Teachers and administrators … more

Charter schools often shut down; other schools rarely are

… Michigan had 304 Public School Academys; over the last … 90 poor performing charter schools. Michigan had more … state law regarding charter schools. ForTheRecord … more

TTB a Poor Measure of Charter Performance

Free Press should use better metric

… Thirkell, an elementary school in the conventional Detroit Public Schools district. Reporter … repeatedly criticized charter public schools that … rankings as evidence of poor charter performance. In a Sunday … more

Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

… commission to dictate school enrollment decisions … the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. … jurisdiction over all public schools within the city, including … nationwide trade group for charter schools gave Michigan … more

Politicians: Stop Blocking the Online Charter School Door!

Online charter schools are a promising … of these virtual schools. A recent news … market demand: One online charter school is being forced … 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 … conventional public schools, according to the state's … comprised 70 percent of the charter school student population, … 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 … advocates for more school spending as part of … creating or authorizing charter schools within the district. … 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. They have … on charter public schools. This war … a moratorium on new charters is seen by some as … 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 high school received an F on … parents can leave a charter public school and have … 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 are … more

Variety Isn't Discrimination

Reuters reports that some charter public schools in Ohio, Illinois, … to Reuters, an Ohio school used an entrance exam … investigation) an Illinois charter public school actually required … more

Superintendent Uses School Email List For Politics

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

Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Susan … the arbitrary cap on charter public schools. Experts … parents by using the school s list-serve to send … Claims Buoy Attacks On Charter Public Schools Profiting … more

State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice

A growing push back against charter schools

… with an "unregulated" school marketplace where parents … about accountability of charter public schools. He said parents don t … decision makers that charter schools need more oversight. State … more

Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters

Measure protectes status quo system

… of 53 closed Detroit school district school buildings to a public … choice in the form of charters keeps expanding in … 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 spend on advertising. The … traditional public schools from advertising, which … upset that a national charter management company spent … 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 of Michigan. … the taxpayer-funded schools otherwise known … about 30 percent of the charters that have opened their … 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 … conventional public school counterparts. The students … followed more than 85,000 charter school students in 273 … more

Flanagan Goes too Far on Charter Schools

State TTB ranking a proxy for poverty

… every two entering high school freshmen manage … conventional districts and charter public schools. And … from Pontiac Public Schools, a rate lower than … is taking on public charter schools. MDE has just … more

How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo

… Michigan's changing school environment, Schauer's … for requiring all charter schools to participate … problem with Michigan school funding is not a … simply seeks to burden charter schools with what some … 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

… Hinoki International School is wondering why the … overlooked Livonia Public Schools when it was compiling its list of charter authorizers that are … board when it gave the charter public school nearly … more

School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist

Superintendent: 'I am not opposed to charter schools ... they are now part of the fabric of Michigan Public Education'

On March 2, Oakland Schools sent out a tweet on … in 21 Claims About #CHARTER Schools." The post … account that read, SCHOOLED! Separating Fact from … that are hostile to charters, said Gary Naeyaert, … 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 High School both struggled academically. In … distinction between how charter schools authorizers handle … more

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

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

… Public Policy s high school report card and was … Michigan rated the charter school as the 65 th best … second-highest rated high school in the state. The … school districts and charter public schools. It … more

State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice

Superintendent Flanagan says no more charters until conventional schools 'stabilize' enrollment

… were 35 public high schools in Detroit, 20 of them … conventional public schools and 15 charter schools. Of the 20 conventional … city s 15 public charter high schools received … more

As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

Pontiac Public Schools posts teachers' contract that expired in 2011

Last fall the Pontiac School District announced it … Specifically, when charter schools are called out … regulations that require school districts provide a … press conference that charter schools were not following … more

Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Public Schools

Q A with the Democrats pursuing a moratorium on school choice

… opening any additional charter public schools in Michigan. While … talk about for-profit charter companies, but conventional school districts have been … more

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

It took a hurricane, but New Orleans has improved academically

… New Orleans public schools. "This is a tough … education into an all-charter school system. Duncan … the New Orleans all-charter format? The Coalition … more

Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

Bill would cap school choice

… on opening any new charter public schools in Michigan. The gist … creating a new cap on charter schools. Introduction … more

Parents Speak Out on Effort to Halt School Choice

Legislators pushing charter school moratorium ignore public 'Schools of Choice' in areas they represent

… a moratorium on new charter public schools, they seemed to be … that child to another school, if they even have a … the opening of new charter public schools until … more

'We’re Number 10' in School Choice

Could be better for Detroit students

The fix Detroit schools discussion ought … (CREDO) found Detroit charter students gain an extra … rather than what serves school administrators, unions … positive side, the state charter school law was reformed … more

Conventional Schools in Anti-Charter Public School Legislator’s District Have Little to Brag About

When students’ backgrounds considered, local high schools score 'D's and an 'F'

… face of opposition to charter public school expansion in Michigan. … a moratorium on new charter schools, based in part on claims … more

Promise of Profit Can Help Neediest Students

… fix up Highland Park schools. The schools were filthy toilets … Group, a for-profit charter management company, … another for-profit charter management company, … more

Parent: 'Even after my kids graduate I'll still come back and help this school'

Charter school company proving critics wrong; garners support from parents and former adversaries

… send their child to a school where mice scamper through … The Leona Group, a charter management company. … the hallways and the school pool and bathroom tissue … employees, thought charter schools were bad for … more

Michigan Celebrates School Choice

Students flood the Capitol for 'National School Choice Week'

… takes advantage of school choice mostly in the form of charter schools, public school district … lifted on the number of charter schools in Michigan, … more

Attorney Questions School Superintendent on Charter School Action

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Flanagan could … suspends the ability of charter public school authorizers to allow … the state s law on charter schools. Richard … 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 employees … more

School District Revokes Authorization of Popular Charter

Hinoki International School shut down to financially benefit conventional district

… Hinoki International School in a box, Livonia Public Schools has now, in a phrase, … voted 6 to 1 to end the charter public school s authorization … to expire. Without a charter authorization, Hinoki … more

Results — Not Dollars Spent — Matter For Parents Choosing Schools For Their Students

Battle Creek newspaper blames charter public schools for failure of some traditional public schools

… Enquirer claimed that charter schools are destroying public schools and "doing immeasurable … democracy." "The people behind the charter school and privatization … more

Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

Had been accepted to several top universities

… shows that students in charter public schools in Michigan gain an … their conventional school counterparts. According … 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

… few years ago, the school district in Highland … eventual switch to a charter public school system. Today, … from the state, the schools were filthy, walls … converted to a system of charter public schools in 2012. … more

Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me

State won't shut down failing traditional public schools

… Gardner Elementary School scored proficient on … current critique of charter schools in this state. … troubled elementary school. Since 2010, Gardner, … with accountability for charter schools, but according … more

Conventional District Sidelines Successful Charter To Financially Benefit Itself

Video Report: Livonia Public Schools abruptly terminates Hinoki International School

… the Livonia Public Schools has been declining, a charter public school in its shadow has been … business because the charter cannot find space on … more

New Elementary and Middle School Rankings Released

Socioeconomic information provides better ranking of state's schools

… elementary and middle schools perform in the state … list of the public and charter public schools in the … elementary and middle schools across the state, takes … Dearborn district and of charter public school performance. ~~~~~ See … more

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

… called Detroit Public Schools New Orleans without … Detroit s failing schools could be turned into charter public schools, a move … million by authorizing charter management companies … more

Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice

Interest groups are trying to block their choices

… their children attend charter schools, they want the Legislature … designed to restrict charter schools in the city. The letter … more

Michigan School Rankings Ignore Effects of Student Background

Expert calls socioeconomic status 'key' to measuring how much learning schools add

… rankings of public schools means the department … rankings also slight charter public schools in favor … academic achievement. Schools that perform in the … conventional schools because charters have a higher percentage … more

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