MAPSA, CMU Help Taylor International Academy Families and Staff Find New Schools

LANSING, Michigan – Following the closure earlier this month of Taylor International Academy, a charter school in Southfield, parents, students and staff are getting help finding a new school home for the fall.

The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association, is teaming with the school’s authorizer, the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, to hold a Parent and Talent Expo at the school this Thursday, June 7. The Expo takes place from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Parents, students and staff will be able to meet with representatives from more than 20 quality schools in the area – both charter public and traditional public. Parents and students will be able to check out educational offerings, while staff members will be able to get information about job opportunities.

“Our No. 1 focus is making sure that every student from Taylor International Academy finds a seat in a quality school for the fall,” said MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry. “This is a terribly unsettling and scary time for those families and staff, but we want them to know that they have quality options. They all deserve better, and we’re confident that this Expo will be a huge help. They’re not alone in this. We want them to know that, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them.”

Schools were invited to the Expo if they met or exceeded a quality threshold, based on their ranking on the state’s top-to-bottom list. MAPSA and CMU are working to contact every Taylor International Academy family and staff member to invite them to the Expo.

MAPSA has also set up a website where Taylor International Academy families and staff members can get information about quality school options in the area. The site also includes information about school records and the answers to a variety of questions parents might have. The website can be found at bit.ly/TaylorInternationalAcademy.