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|June 23, 2014 - MAPSA Condemns Free Press' Inaccurate Report on Charter Schools|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Communications
MAPSA Condemns Free Press’ Inaccurate Report on Charter Schools: ‘We Can’t Let These Gross Errors Go Unchallenged’
LANSING, Michigan (June 23, 2014) – The Michigan Association of Public School Academies is strongly condemning the opening installment of the Detroit Free Press’ series on charter schools in Michigan, pointing out the inaccuracies, false conclusions and gross factual misrepresentations found in the stories and editorials.
The charter school series debuted with a 10-page special section on Sunday, and will continue all next week.
“Simply put, the Free Press got it wrong in a big way,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of MAPSA, the state charter school association. “They’ve been working on this series for well over a year, and they still managed to get almost every single one of their conclusions wrong. We can’t let these gross errors go unchallenged. The people of Michigan deserve to know the truth about charter schools, and the truth is that Michigan’s laws governing charter schools are among the most regulated in the country, and our state’s authorizers do a thorough job of oversight. Charters are required to follow the laws the same as any other public school, and have an additional set of requirements especially for charters. We welcome any public school that wants to operate under our accountability standards. For the Free Press to claim that Michigan ‘fails to hold charter schools accountable’ and that our charter schools ‘don’t follow’ state laws is insulting and flat-out wrong. I don’t know what agenda the Free Press is trying to satisfy with this report, but its readers – and the people of Michigan – deserve better.”
Click here to view a document of charter laws relating to transparency.
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 141,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 296 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 www.charterschools.org.