MAPSA’s Message on ESSA Changes: “We Are Disheartened at the Significant Change in Vision”

LANSING, Michigan (March 17, 2017) – The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association, sent a memorandum to State Superintendent Brian Whiston this week, expressing the charter school community’s deep concerns with changes being made in Michigan’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

On Feb. 14, the Michigan Department of Education released a draft plan for Michigan to meet ESSA guidelines, and began a 30-day period of public comment. Three days before the public-comment period ended, though, Superintendent Whiston announced that he was abandoning one of the main pillars of that plan – an A-F accountability system for schools that was strongly supported by MAPSA and other state stakeholder organizations.

MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry sent a memo to Superintendent Whiston today, outlining MAPSA’s position on all the main points in the plan, and expressing the charter community’s disappointment in the change of direction on accountability.

“Recognizing the value of our commitment to be engaged, MAPSA, along with those within the 300 charter schools across the state, have spent significant time reviewing the plan to provide meaningful feedback,” Quisenberry wrote. “To this end, we are disheartened at the significant change in vision announced this week, only three days prior to the feedback deadline.”

You’ll find MAPSA’s entire memo to Superintendent Whiston here