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December 10, 2013 - More Than Half of Detroit’s Students Are Now Enrolled in Charter Schools, Study Shows
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:00


Buddy Moorehouse 
Vice President of Communications 


More Than Half of Detroit’s Students Are Now Enrolled in Charter Schools, Study Shows

DETROIT, Michigan (December 10, 2013) – More than half the public school students in Detroit are now enrolled in charter schools, according to a national report released this week. The report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools shows that charter school enrollment continues to grow across the country – and in Michigan’s largest cities. The report looked at enrollment figures for the 2012-2013 school year.


According to the report, 51 percent of students in Detroit attended charter schools in 2012-2013, up from 41 percent the year before. That keeps Detroit No. 2 nationally among all cities, trailing only New Orleans (where 79 percent of students attend charter schools). Of the 100,255 public school students in Detroit, 51,083 were enrolled in charter schools, compared to 49,172 in traditional public schools.


Among other findings, the report also shows that Flint is No. 4 nationally in charter enrollment, with 36 percent of students attending charter schools, up from 33 percent last year. Grand Rapids ranked No. 10 nationally, with 26 percent of students enrolled in charter schools, up from 23 percent.


“It’s no surprise that parents continue to seek the best possible educational options for their children,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association. “Charter schools have more oversight and accountability than any other public schools, and the ultimate accountability is to parents. The fact that so many of them are choosing charter schools is proof that their children are thriving in that environment. Every child deserves a quality education in a quality school.”


Quisenberry also noted that research by Stanford University’s CREDO Institute, released in January, shows that the average charter school student in Michigan gains an additional two months of learning every year in reading and math. In Detroit, the study showed, it’s an additional three months of learning every year.


“The research shows that charter schools are fulfilling the promise that increased innovation and accountability will lead to greater achievement,” Quisenberry said. “That’s true across the country, and it’s certainly true in Detroit. That’s why so many parents are choosing charter schools. You can’t fool parents. They don’t care who runs the school, but they know when their child is in the right school.”


In addition to Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids, other cities and school districts in Michigan with a least 10 percent of their students enrolled in charter schools were Kentwood (14 percent), Lansing (14 percent), Port Huron (13 percent), Traverse City (12 percent) and Wayne-Westland (10 percent).


Click here to read the full report. 



The Michigan Association of Public School Academies advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 135,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 298 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit

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