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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

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

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

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
Conventional and charter high schools, by quartile

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

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

The Difference With Charter Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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
Cross your fingers

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

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

Michigan Charter Schools a Smashing Success

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

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

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

Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?

New report card shows the differences in how schools are measured

… Education, Covert High School is not a good school. On the state report … Districts; Punishes Charters New Report … few years ago, the school ranked in the bottom … 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
Schools of Choice Participation by District

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

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

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

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
Schools of Choice participation over time

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

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

Bill sponsor disagrees

… moratorium on any new charter public schools opening in Michigan. However, the pro-school choice Great Lakes Education … doom for all of the charter public schools in the … 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 Mlive.com … 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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charters Outperform Conventional Schools on Top-to-Bottom List When Student Socioeconomic Status Is Taken into Account

… consideration when ranking school performance, it would find that charter public schools outperform conventional … free lunch one a charter public school and the … more

Students Forced Out of Schools Because State Dismissed Charter Company Plans

Agreement would have allowed students in Buena Vista, Inkster to stay in their neighborhood schools

… this year when the school districts for Buena … an agreement with a charter school company that would have … the Leona Group, a charter school company that … 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 conventional public schools appear to get a free … Education Project, said no charter school could have stayed … more

Michigan School Spending Hits All-Time High

… poor-mouthing by individual school districts in news articles, … terms (not including charter public schools or districts … committees, per-pupil public school spending set a new record … the lowest-spending charter school was Virtual Learning … more

Internal Issues Put International Charter Public School At Risk

Livonia school district voting to approve its own Japanese school, which would uproot existing program

… leadership at a Japanese charter public school has turned into a power … the Livonia Public Schools. Livonia Public … the board, revoke the charter or disapprove of their … more

MEA's Hyperbole About Cyber Charter Schools

… that manage online charter public schools here will make hundreds … percent of what these schools spend, which includes … two current online charters now allowed shows the … more
Vacant Classroom

Close Dysfunctional Schools

… the Buena Vista and Pontiac school districts have been … district transition to a charter district. The district … make a case for giving schools more money. But school … stayed on when the charter management company took … more

Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

Livonia superintendent says it was a mistake

… superintendent of Livonia Public Schools said it was a mistake … takeover of a popular charter public school it authorized … employees supporting four school board candidates was … email was drafted on school computers or during … more

School Success Story: Cesar Chavez Academy

Part of a series on schools scoring highly on the Mackinac Center's 'Context and Performance' report card

… Chavez Academy, a public charter school in southwest Detroit, … second-highest ranked high school on the Mackinac Center … Schools Top 10 Charter High Schools more

Charter Schools Not At Fault For Conventional School Failures

Charter schools open because parents want choices

… running many state schools. Ulbrich, a Democrat … from conventional school district systems to charter schools. "Under … open more and more charters and cyber charters, … more

Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools

… Detroit students in charter public schools were performing far … the Detroit Public Schools district. The study … study a success for charter public schools, gubernatorial … more

War on Charters Tied To Politics and Union Money

… conventional public schools. Even official school district Twitter feeds. The … public education charter public schools. According to charter school supporters, these … more

A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice

Harvey Santana earns endorsement of education choice group

… the creation of new charter public schools, the Great Lakes Education … important issue school choice. In … Democrat who supports charter public schools, which … more

The Highland Park Transformation

… visitations to Highland Park schools by the Mackinac Center's … more

School Takeovers: Much Criticism, No Solutions

… Heights and Highland Park school districts. Government … voiced about plans to "charterize" the fiscally and … Lessenberry , and a state school board member . So … independently managed charter schools to provide education … more

School Choice and More at Risk in High-Stakes Board of Education Race

Next board will choose new state superintendent

… issues ranging from charter public schools to teacher and school district performance … with the most ardent charter school supporters and … more

District Refuses to Sell Unused Building to Public Charter School — Despite Receiving $250K Asking Price

Battle Creek Public Schools pays tens of thousands of dollars per year to maintain empty school

Battle Creek Public Schools turned down an offer … $250,000 for a closed school building that came from a charter public school. Ron … was looking to open a charter elementary school and … more

Union Leader Celebrates Failing School’s Performance

NEA president praises Flint Northwestern moving from the lowest 5 percent of schools to the lowest 6 percent

Flint Northwestern High School s academic performance … Northwestern, but for charter public schools . Gary … want to celebrate. The school has consistently been among … Academy of Flint, a K-12 charter public school less … more
Aspirin

The Public School Pension Fund’s Problem Is Not Charter Schools

School districts are required … recommending that public charter schools pay more. But … the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement … contributions from charter schools would have only … more

State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage

But DPS teachers per students ratio normal

… sizes in Detroit Public Schools. Flanagan called on … students and Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids, … shortage. Detroit Public Schools has one classroom teacher … 2013-14. Those two charters public schools are … more

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

… strategist called a charter school board president … Bailey took over as school board president of Taylor Preparatory High School in Taylor. "Cody … more

Commentary: Charter Schools Face Discrimination in Michigan

Lawmakers should insist that charters can acquire school buildings

… on the number of charter public schools in Michigan. As a result, … maybe hundreds of new charters will help families find schools better suited to their … more

Calumet High School Ranks No. 1 For Schools Located In Towns

Part of a series on schools scoring highly on the Mackinac Center's 'Context and Performance' report card

Calumet High School, in Michigan's Upper … Schools Top 10 Charter High Schools … of all Michigan high school located in towns, and … 500 conventional high schools in the state, according … more

Top 10 Elementary and Middle Schools

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … elementary and middle schools on the report card. To … 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 only … negotiating with the school. Cesar Chavez Academy … one of the largest charter public schools in the … more

Top 10 School Lists

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Below … the top-performing schools on the report card, … "Michigan Public High School Report Card , which … more

Lawsuit Against Highland Park Schools Misguided

… year, Highland Park schools were out of control, … manager selected a charter school company, the … describe Highland Park schools during the 2011-12 … from other Leona public charter schools. Over the summer, … more

Top 10 Rural Elementary and Middle Schools

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … elementary and middle schools on the report card. To … more

Top 10 Town Elementary and Middle Schools

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … elementary and middle schools on the report card. To … more

Top 10 Suburban Elementary and Middle Schools

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … elementary and middle schools on the report card. To … more

Top 10 City Elementary and Middle Schools

… elementary and middle schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … elementary and middle schools on our report card. To … more

Oakland Schools and the Tri-County Alliance

Focused on more money, less parental choice

… last Thursday, Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie … past. Markavitch claimed that charter schools educate "less … group is funded by the school districts in Wayne, … student population, charter public schools educate far … more

Public Schools: 'Profit' Bad For Others, Good For Us

Superintendent speaking out on school choice earns $250K in compensation; school has 15 executives making over $120K

… voices among the public school superintendents warning … schools in Michigan. Some charter schools do hire for-profit … all the while her school district houses a … referring to "for-profit charter and cyber schools." Another … more

Mismanagement Often to Blame for School District Financial Troubles

Flint Community Schools lost students but continued to overestimate revenue

Flint Community Schools received $5,400 more … school districts and charter public schools in Genesee … the nearby Grand Blanc school district in 2011-12, … losing students to charter public schools and schools … more

From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

Cesar Chavez Academy student credits parents and school choice for admittance to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and the University of Michigan

… Chavez Academy . The school stands out like an island. … would have gone had the charter public school not been … blocks from the high school with his two brothers, … the arbitrary cap on charter schools two years … more

A Better Choice, Less Than a Mile Away

… protests , Detroit Public Schools closed Southwestern High School this year because … High School, a public charter school that received … Center's new high school report card , which … more

Public School District Constantly Promoting Far-Left Political Views

Oakland Schools links to articles bashing school choice and blaming Koch brothers on Twitter feed

… political donors, bashing school choice, linking perceived … Video NAILS IT: Are #Charter Schools Today s Version … norm for one Michigan school district. Articles … video, a man claimed charter schools are an investment … more

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