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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

'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

Charters Schools ‘Segregated’? Children Only Attend If Their Parents Choose

That’s a challenge for opponents dredging up invalid Jim Crow associations

… of America’s public charter schools was that they cherry-picked … conventional public schools, which opponents said accounted for charter’s superior academic … more

The Difference With Charter Schools

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

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

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

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

Another Charter School Critic Misses the Mark

Accountability? Failed charter schools are closed; no record of same for district schools

… question the value of charter schools in Michigan and point … “wild west” of charter schools. The column by … repeats a claim by anti-charter interests that Michigan … more

Huffington Post Gets Charter School Study Wrong

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

Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

Analyzing recent attacks on school choice

This year’s back-to-school season has brought out … usual share of anti-charter hostility — with local … John Oliver skewered charter schools with 18 minutes of … 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

Detroit School Boss: Charter Schools Are ‘Disastrous’

While his own district is nation’s worst, charter students do measurably better

… superintendent of Detroit’s school district, recently said … to be educated, and charter schools have been “disastrous” … conventional public schools are the best place … Lions. But public charter schools are in Detroit, … more

This Fall Will Be the First Time There are Fewer Charter Schools

'Flood' of charters claim doesn't hold water

… has been a flood of charter schools in Michigan. The … “Michigan opened the charter school floodgates in 2011 by … 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

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

Michigan Charter Schools a Smashing Success

… of Michigan’s public charter schools, and the results are … 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

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

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

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

Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters

District schools unionized, charters not — and teachers unions a major Dem funding source

… judged the Detroit school district to have the worst urban schools in the country since … close poor-performing charter schools. Crain’s … strong stance against charter schools with low test … more

New York Times Wrong: Detroit Charter Schools Didn't 'Desert' Kids, the City Did

Mayor and city council banned selling shuttered schools to charters serving neediest children

… reporting on Michigan’s charter schools has raised eyebrows … that well-heeled anti-charter school interests in Michigan … more

For First Time Ever, Fewer Michigan Charter Schools

More than a dozen charters closed for poor academics, but zero district schools

… a rash of claims by charter school critics that the state’s charter school landscape is … 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

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

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

School Choice Opponents Recycle Myths as Trump Picks DeVos for Education

No myth: Most children in charters learn more than peers in district schools

… announcement drew the ire of school choice opponents in … characterized Michigan charter schools as corrupt and … for America’s public schools. One example was … options are confined to charter schools, but the performance … 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

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

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

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 … an “F” grade on the school performance ratings … The report states, “Charter authorizers and charter … 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

Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up

Online charters already perform OK for much less money

… certain types of public schools: cyber schools, which are charter … instruction. Currently, all public charter schools receive the … 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

Mr. Dem House Leader, You're Still Not Entitled to Your Own Facts

No 'unfettered' charter school expansion; no school 'funding cuts'

… order related to the school retirement system. The … expansion of failing charter schools, and now by … state to return to school employees a 3 percent … says: The notion that charter schools are popping … more

Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion

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

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

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 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

Grosse Pointe Restricts Nonresident Students, Board Member Joins ‘Charter School Segregation’ Chorus

He reports district near Detroit now walking back its restrictive policies

Grosse Pointe School board member Christopher … story claiming U.S. charter schools are “among the nation's … over-represented.” “US charter schools put growing … 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

Michigan Charter School Growth Modest Since Limits Lifted In 2011

Opponents predicted a charter ‘in every neighborhood’

… the number of public charter schools in the state, one commenter … the act would put “a charter school in every neighborhood.” That … more

Educrats Spin Conspiracy Theories

… Kalamazoo County public school officials are complaining … cap on the number of charter public schools. The … to “eliminate public schools.” Such alarmist … increased competition from charters. The … 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

More to Charter Special Ed Gap than Meets the Eye

Disability types, local conditions drive disparity

Charter schools, like all other public schools, cannot legally turn … bear out that Michigan charters — as in many other … 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

Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure

When did this ever happen in a traditional public school?

Allen Academy, a charter school in the city of Detroit, … Association of Public School Academies. The school … 2003. A Michigan charter school shutting down … 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

'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

Accountability? Nothing Appears Closer To Eternal Than A Failed Detroit School

Watch what they do, not what they say — or even what the law requires

… the Detroit public school district held a meeting … require intermediate school districts to share with public charter schools some of the … or conversion into a charter school. But no such … 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 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

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

MEA Attack on Online Charters Misses Mark

Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families

… the state’s online charter schools a “spectacular failure” … shut down all cyberschools would hurt real families. … program, operated by a charter school, that primarily … more

Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

Just look at the evidence

The best research on school choice in Detroit shows … News : The best study on charter schools in Michigan is from … individual students in charter schools with their “virtual … 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

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

Best Schools In Michigan Would Vanish If For-Profit Charters Were Banned

Two top-tier Democratic candidates for governor say that’s what they would do

… highest-performing Michigan school districts — a term that … law includes public charter schools — are charter schools. That’s according … 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

Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass

Charter schools in Detroit still accountable

… in Michigan’s public schools has been almost entirely focused on charter schools. Yet, consider … July 1, 2019. Charter schools, however, can … more

How Saginaw Prep Turned Around Academically

Charter school shedding 'priority' label

One mid-Michigan charter school striving not to be defined … low-achievement “Priority school,” more of its students … provided to keep the school within reach of kids, … more

Detroit Charter Schools Outperform District School Peers On State Tests

In most but not all grades and subjects, the difference was substantial

Charter school students in Detroit … city’s conventional school district in 15 of the … spring. Students in Detroit’s charter schools also scored … 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

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

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

Charter Schools Face Funding, Facility Inequities

Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap

As Michigan charter schools seek to serve … field for all public schools, charters included. Michigan … more

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

Charters teach more low-income students, not fewer

… attending 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

Detroit Had More Corruption in One Day Than John Oliver Found in Charter Schools Over 10 Years

Comedian's segment ignored rampant problems in traditional public schools

… takedown of the nationwide charter school movement concluded the schools have been allowed to … 2000 – to portray a charter school movement with … more

Critic Cites Performance In Other States To Attack Michigan Charters

Implies that charters with 9 percent of state enrollment drag down the other 1.5 million students

… posts attacking public charter schools. In an attack Singer … Michigan public charter schools, and 1.5 million students … wrote, “As a result of ‘charterization,’ Michigan declined … 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 … war on charter public schools. This “war” is … 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 an … parents can leave a charter public school and have … 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

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

Detroit Schools Chief Wants Out of Charter School Business

Except, the state’s two best elementary schools are charters authorized by his district

… for Detroit’s public schools said he will recommend the school district no longer authorize … no longer authorize charter schools and focus instead … Press. ForTheRecord says: Two charter schools authorized by … 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

ACLU: Study Finds Detroit's Charters May Outperform, But Their Competition Hurts Regular Schools

Organization says Detroit charter school success skews statewide record higher

… that DeVos’ support of charter schools has harmed Michigan, … traditional public schools…” In an email, … “overwhelming evidence” that “charters do no better at educating … more

Wild West: What Education Establishment Calls Parents Choosing Their Kids’ School

Poor performing school districts unused to having competition

… of Detroit’s public school district. In a … that determine where charter schools can open or … the troubled urban school district, the magazine … Detroit’s public and charter schools have opened … more

ACLU Joins DeVos Assaults By Ignoring Inconvenient Charter School Truths

Charters do better, and outcompete conventional unionized schools when parents can choose

… unions, the public school establishment and others … unregulated growth of charter schools in Michigan, elevating … evidence that proves that charters do no better at educating … 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

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

Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids

A failed school district or families and children first?

… on a Detroit Public School bailout package, with … restrict the expansion of charter schools in the city. The … But the case for a charter school-restricting DEC … more

Wellspring Prep Growing Strong

Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college

… Wellspring Preparatory High School is tucked just off the … Heritage Academies K-8 charter schools. Just over half … northeast side. The school opened in fall 2010 … as the Grand Rapids charter school’s low-income … 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

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

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

One In Four Michigan School District Teachers Chronically Absent

That’s twice the rate of charter school teachers

… Institute found that school teachers in Michigan’s conventional school districts are almost … teachers in public charter schools. In Michigan, … while 12.4 percent of charter school teachers miss … 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 lack … simply seeks to burden charter schools with what some … 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 as … about 30 percent of the charters that have opened their … 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

'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know

All the accountability of regular public schools – plus parents can pull their kids out any time

Michigan charter schools are among the most regulated schools in the country, according … the association says charter schools in this state … more

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