MAPSA Documentary “Creating Hope” Promotes Conversation on Quality Choices in Education
National Charter Schools Week is celebrated just as the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the state charter school association, released a documentary called “Creating Hope: A Year in the Life of a New Charter School.”
The documentary, which premiered on Monday evening at the Detroit Institute of Arts, provided a look at the first year of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit through the eyes of one student and her family. The film was written and directed by MAPSA Vice President of Communications Buddy Moorehouse, a two-time Emmy nominee.
As the documentary showed, the student – a freshman named Unique Bailey – enrolled at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in 2011 when her family felt frustration that the local school district wasn’t meeting her educational needs.
“We wanted to produce this documentary to help promote a conversation that needs to take place now,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of MAPSA. “Specifically, what does a parent do when their current school is not working for their child? The documentary told this story through the eyes of one student, Unique Bailey. But there are 113,000 other students just like Unique in Detroit, and 1.5 million students just like her in Michigan. Just like Unique, these students all have parents, or grandparents, or loved ones who care for them and who desperately want the same thing that Unique’s family wants – the ability to find the best possible education.
“As we celebrate National Charter Schools Week, that’s the message we want to send. When it comes to public education, the adults spend a lot of time arguing and pointing fingers. We all need to remember, though, that this isn’t about the adults – it’s about the children. And every single one of those children deserves to attend a quality school that works. We don’t need good schools in our state – we need great schools. So the question shouldn’t be, ‘Who’s running the school?’ The question should be, ‘Is the school excellent?’ ”
The documentary premiere on Monday also featured a panel discussion. For highlights of it, click here.
Shown here, from left, Jalen Rose, MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry, Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov and JRLA Superintendent Joe Tenbusch participate in a panel discussion at the DIA following the premiere of “Creating Hope.”
Cesar Chavez Academy Named One of Country’s “Best High Schools” by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report issues an annual ranking of the country’s high schools, evaluating the schools based on test scores and other data.
Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit received a Bronze Medal in the rankings this year, earning as designation from the magazine as one of the “Best High Schools.” This marks back-to-back honors for Cesar Chavez Academy, which was also honored in the 2012 rankings.
For more on the rankings, click here.
Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts College Readiness Roundtable
The Detroit Regional Chamber is hosting a College Readiness Roundtable on Thursday, May 16, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, 5679 W. Vernor Hwy. All charter school educators in the area are invited to attend. Those interested should RSVP by May 14 to Brooke Franklin at email@example.com or by texting the number of people attending to 313-449-7327.
A citywide effort to improve FAFSA completion rates is part of the larger Drive Detroit movement. Drive Detroit is a partnership of community leaders from the education, business, faith, non-profit, philanthropic and civic sectors. The group is committed to working together to transform “cradle to career” outcomes for every child in Detroit. In addition, the group is reaching out to assist in enrolling your students into college with the maximum amount of financial aid available to them through the Detroit Scholarship Fund.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
We are thrilled to recognize the hard work of teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Is your school doing something special this week to honor your teachers? Please share your school's photos and stories highlighting teacher appreciation to Buddy Moorehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be featuring selected stories on our Facebook page over the next couple of weeks!