MAPSA Statement on Closing of Taylor International Academy

LANSING, Michigan – Below is a statement by Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association.

Taylor International Academy, a charter school in Southfield, is being closed by its authorizer, Central Michigan University. The school’s management company, Renaissance School Services, ceased managing the school and pulled the leadership management team and resources out of the school before the end of the school year, creating an inappropriate situation for students and teachers.

A majority of the school’s board members then resigned, leaving the school with no governance or management in place. The school has already met its required number of hours for the year.

MAPSA and CMU will now be assisting parents, students and staff in finding a quality school for the fall by hosting a Parent and Talent Expo at the school next Thursday, June 8, from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Parents and students will have the chance to get information on quality schools in the area, and staff members will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters at those schools.

Below is the quote by Dan Quisenberry.

“This is a tragic and unfortunate situation for all of the students, parents and staff at Taylor International Academy. Pulling their management team was a horribly unprofessional way for Renaissance School Services to handle this pending closure,” Quisenberry said.  “The focus now is on finding a quality school this fall for all of Taylor International Academy’s students, and MAPSA and CMU are working to facilitate that transition by hosting the Parent and Talent Expo. Every one of those students deserves to be in a better school, and we’re going to help them get there.

“MAPSA is also committed to helping the teachers and staff through this transition. We will do everything in our power to help them receive the compensation for the hard work they have already done.”