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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

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

The Difference With Charter Schools

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority

Concord Community Schools superintendent and board ignoring teacher effectiveness in layoffs

… evaluations done in time, one school district s solution … Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools Unions, … that Concord Community Schools Superintendent Terri Mileski and School Board President Brian … 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

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

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

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

State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'

… some of the Michigan school reform bills from a … Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools Unions, … Contracts In Michigan Schools ." Up to 60 percent … Yonker served as a school board member in Caledonia … 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

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

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

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

'Super Seniority' For Union Officials, Other Clauses In School Contracts Prohibited By Law

New report shows up to 60 percent of school union contracts have not eliminated forbidden provisions

… Woodhaven-Brownstown School District can't be laid … Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools Unions, … across the state where school districts and unions … Policy surveyed 130 school district collective … 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

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

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
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

The Highland Park Transformation

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

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

Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

Ferndale Public Schools provision could violate state and federal laws

… in Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County gives … Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools Unions, … wondered why a public school district was tracking … said. "However, public schools themselves should not … 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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

School Union Contracts Across The State Retain Clauses Calling For Hiring Based On Race

Ann Arbor, Oak Park, Kalamazoo and others have provisions

At least five public school districts have language … Working To Try and Ban Charter Schools Unions, … institutions. Some school districts, such as Ann … exists. "Talk about putting school districts, administrators … 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

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

Jeffers High School: CAP Success Story

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

Jeffers High School, in the Adams Township School District, was one of … Schools Top 10 Charter High Schools … Policy's top-ranked high schools in 2012. Jeffers … more

A Closer Look At Teacher Salaries In Michigan

Teachers getting younger, more charter school educators help account for drop in average salary

Public school teacher salaries have … Statistics includes charter public school teachers salaries, … data also includes charter public school salaries, … more

The Republicans Who Blocked Charter School Choice

Nearly a decade after Gov. Engler failed, Gov. Snyder has GOP smelling victory on charter school choice expansion

Before the creation of charter public schools in 1994, mere geography … Michigan s public school pupils. Much like buying … today, a majority of charters have a wait list, … more

Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

Families want more options

… have access to private school choice, Michigan lags … attend either a public charter school or a conventional … choice limited to public schools, but the Michigan Constitution … that Michigan public charter school students were … more

Media Plays Into 'Unfounded Hysteria' Over School Reforms

Proposal would allow more school choice for parents and students

… Compuware to open a school for its employee s … lift the cap on online charter schools. Those impact … money would go to the school, not the corporation. Bridge … evaluation reforms? Charter school cap? "Descriptions … more

Choice For Me But Not For Thee?

School district supports 'schools of choice,' but opposes charters

A school district in Michigan … choice when it comes to charter and cyber schools in … body via the state's schools of choice program appears … appears to attack charter public schools, although … more

MichCapCon Flashback: The Republicans Who Blocked Charter School Choice

Nearly a decade after Gov. Engler failed, Gov. Snyder has GOP smelling victory on charter school choice expansion

… would remove a cap on charter public schools. The original bill that allowed charter schools placed a cap … that allowed charter schools placed a cap restricting … more

Top 10 Conventional High Schools

… nearly 600 public high schools in Michigan and ranks the schools accordingly. Here's … schools that are neither charter schools nor selective-admissions … 10 conventional high schools that is, district-run … more
A toilet at Highland Park High School

District Spent $20K Per Student, Had Rodents In Schools, Holes In Ceiling and Walls

Student: 'We had to worry if something was going to crawl on us ... if the ceiling was going to fall in on us'

Though the Highland Park School District spent $19,634 … conventional district to a charter district one of … the state, district schools were so mismanaged … district reopened as a charter district . School … more

State Report Card Ranks Some Top Schools Near the Bottom

Adjusting for a child's family income produces big changes in school rankings

… way the state ranks schools, many schools in Michigan that score … Hamadeh, head of the charter school company that … state, while Bridge, a charter public school, is in … more

Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat

State spent $7,500 per pupil in 1972, over $12,000 today

Overall, Michigan school spending has increased … Michigan began allowing charter public schools in 1994 and schools … choice in 1996. Charter public schools spend … more

Political Views Populate Website MEA Official Helped Create

School districts in the past have used taxpayer dollars for advocacy

… a network of public schools that was pitched as promoting … parental choice regarding charter public schools, and … views of some public school officials. The … Standing Strong for Public Schools, posted two stories … more

House Votes To Raise Cyber School Cap

… number of Michigan cyber schools. A cyber school, also called a virtual … cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan. What … ended up going to a charter school - and herself, … more

ISD Bloat?

Payrolls at Intermediate School Districts Grow Dramatically While Enrollment Declines

The number of school employees for each student … these trends, staffing at charter public schools appears … in Michigan's public school system has been rising … From 2000 to 2009, charter school enrollment increased … more

Stalking Students in Grosse Pointe

Evidence of a broken education system

… system than that of a school official knocking on … there are hundreds of charter public schools. Many … Grosse Pointe Public School System has gone to … don't attend their schools. To that end, Chris … more

Michigan Needs to Choose School Choice

… score of '0' for its school choice policies. Though charter public schools provide choice to approximately … of Michigan public school students, our state … more

North Huron High School Ranked No. 1 Traditional School In Michigan

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

… Policy's 2012 High School Report Card , based … Schools Top 10 Charter High Schools … top conventional high school was North Huron High School in Kinde, Mich. The … more

Status Quo School Defenders: Money For Me, But Bad For Thee

Current administrators making over $200K per year fight changes to the system

… conventional public school districts. Here s … said they would expand charter schools and hurt funding … conventional public schools. Salary information … (2012) Cook said that charter schools pay private … more

Inconvenient Truths on School Choice

… Tim Bartik says that school choice is an ineffective … are several studies of charter public schools that show students … in a study of Boston charters, and a study by Stanford … more

School Funding at All-Time High

… constant calls from school officials and government … also show that public charter schools spent on average … more funding, public schools in Michigan received … per-pupil expenditures, charters spent about 17 percent … more

Milton Friedman and School Choice

… influential within the school choice movement and … are evident in the charter public school and online … freedom to choose the school they think is best for … problem with the public school system in the United … more

Thirkell Elementary: A Detroit Public School Success Story

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

Detroit Public Schools' Thirkell Elementary … Schools Top 10 Charter High Schools … was the top-ranked school on the Mackinac Center … elementary and middle school report card . The … more

EAA Bill Has Problems

But Grand Rapids carve-out not one of them

… Grand Rapids Public Schools, a district in the … past decades. Though charter public schools face … represents. Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie … provision that could allow schools to be exempted from … more

Dire Predictions for School District Deficits Doesn't Materialize

When Michigan Public Schools Superintendent Mike … school districts and charter public schools in deficit. … there were a record 55 school districts in deficit, … And 13 districts and charter schools went from a … more

School District Works Around State Law To Protect Teachers Based on Seniority

None of L'Anse Creuse's 599 teachers rated 'ineffective'; 574 rated 'highly effective'

… factor . But at least one school district has found … school districts and charter public schools ranked. … L'Anse Creuse Public Schools union contract, which … how the Macomb County school district pulled it … more

Parents Pin Hopes on Charter School Lottery

… in the middle of the school gymnasium fill slowly … Washtenaw County public charter school that has become so popular … third among public charter schools on the latest … more

Sports Spending at Bloomfield Hills Schools is $285 Per Pupil

… the Ann Arbor Public School system, compensation … House Vote Would Force Charter Schools Into Underfunded … items in many public schools. "It's not trivial," … really know how much schools spend on athletics." Ann … more

Superintendent Claiming Less Money Receives $515 More Per Pupil

West Bloomfield Superintendent Gerald Hill says district gets less than 2010, state numbers say otherwise

… statewide debate over school funding continues, an … article said there were charter public schools around … state. West Bloomfield School District Superintendent … facing competition from charter schools. 'We … more

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