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Weekly Update - September 7, 2011
September 7, 2011
Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Students from Village of Hope Academies participate in roundtable
On March 23, 2011, Vista Maria and its Village of Hope Academies, Clara B. Ford and Vista Meadows, were selected by The White House to host a Roundtable with Young Americans. They were one of just 100 roundtables held in the United States that was attended by White House Representative, Ms. Christine White.

Thirteen students were given the opportunity to discuss the tough issue of education reform in Michigan, particularly for at-risk youth, as part of this White House initiative, Your Future, Your Solutions: 100 Youth Strategies for Winning the Future. The schools are proud of their leadership and openness to sharing the challenges they faced before attending our Village of Hope Academies.

The event was held in partnership with Michigan’s Children, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and sponsored by Comcast of Michigan.

A short video, courtesy of the event sponsor, Comcast of Michigan, is currently featured on the White House’s website. Click here to view the short article and video.

Clara B. Ford and Vista Meadows Academies are managed by CS Partners. Clara B. Ford is authorized by Ferris State University and Bay Mills Community College authorizes Vista Meadows.

Please submit any announcements, news or event information for MAPSA's "Good Things Happening in Our Schools" feature to Breanna Cope at

Senate introduces new legislation to expand choice
Today, the Michigan Senate introduced legislation that will implement the Governor's vision for education in Michigan. Governor's Snyder's goal is to prepare all of our children to compete globally in the new, knowledge-based economy. He expands public school choice, giving more parents the opportunity to make the best educational choice for their child. 

MAPSA applauds the Governor and Michigan Senate for recognizing the importance of public charter schools in implementing innovative approaches to delivering quality education. By design, charter public schools focus on teaching children, empowering parents and better managing schools. The problem is 70% of Michigan's charter schools have waiting lists, and replicating high-performing charter schools is very difficult. The current legislation, as introduced, will eliminate the arbitrary cap on university charters, allow more high-performing schools to replicate by letting those schools operate in more than one location, give parents and teachers the opportunity to turn their building into a charter school, and allow schools to utilize more 21st century learning tools such as on-line instruction. MAPSA is still in the process of reviewing and analyzing the bills, and we will provide you with more detail as these bills move through the legislative process. 

Some legislators, and decision makers, still do not understand or support the idea that parents know what is best for their children, and therefore, your voice will be needed to speak up and educate policy leaders on the facts that ALL parents deserve to have a quality choice for their children!

MAPSA is still in the process of reviewing and analyzing the bills, and we will provide you with more detail as these bills move through the legislative process. 

Listen live to MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry on the radio!
Tune in this morning, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 10:40 a.m., to hear MAPSA President, Dan Quisenberry, on WKZO Radio in Kalamazoo.

Click here to listen now!

Hear him discuss the many new charter schools opening this fall and the legislation that was introduced today.

Looking for quality professional development for your staff?
Register now for the 14th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference and attend these sessions, plus many more!

Click here to register today!

Cyberbullying: There's a Thin Line between Digital Use and Abuse
Glenn Stutzky, Clinical Instructor, School of Social Work, MSU, designed one of the nation's first courses on school violence and is one of the leading experts on cyber bullying. He will be addressing the nature, prevalence, and impact that technology has in the school environment, including Sexting, Cyber stalking, Social Networks, and Gaming. 
Stop Hitting, Kicking, and Yelling!  
How to Handle Real Problem Behavior in the Classroom
Julie Henninger, Special Education Coordinator, and Amy Hund, Behavior Analyst, discuss how to document, understand, and effectively deal with challenging behavior from any student in the general education classroom.  This session will focus on a wide variety of problem behaviors, including aggressive behavior, off-task behavior, and disruptive behavior.  This session is suitable for any teacher who is interested in gaining a better understanding of problem behavior and classroom management for special education students in a general education setting.

Have you planned for Patriot Week?
Patriot Week begins on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th this Sunday and runs until September 17th, Constitution Day. is a website created to help you plan activities for your students that can help you to commemorate these days.

Patriot Week renews America's spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America's spirit.

Visit today to see how you can celebrate our great nation in upcoming week!

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The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996.  MAPSA represents over 110,000 students, 5,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 247 public charter schools in the state.  MAPSA assists the state's public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through our advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit

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