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|June 23, 2014 - MAPSA responds to second installment of Detroit Press' series|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Communications
Detroit Free Press continues to draw wrong conclusions and ignore facts
A statement from MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry on the second installment of the Detroit Free Press’ series on charter schools:
“With today’s stories on conflicts of interest, the Detroit Free Press continues to draw the wrong conclusions and ignore important facts – facts they spent 20 months learning about. Back in 2011, the Michigan Legislature enacted a new set of accountability standards that took effect in early 2012. These standards greatly strengthened the laws regarding conflicts of interest that far exceeded anything in law for traditional school districts, which is why today’s stories are so puzzling.
“So far, the situations reported were either addressed with the 2011 legislation, they were situations the charter boards and/or authorizers were already addressing, or they’re something that wouldn’t be a legal conflict in any setting. The Free Press’ reporting staff knows this, because they were informed on numerous occasions as to what the law says, and they completely ignore the role of the public board that manages any perceived conflicts that are not legal conflicts.
“As we pointed out yesterday, we welcome any public school that wants to operate under our higher accountability standards to do so. 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.”
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.