We spoke, the MCRC listened. Here's what to do next

Dan Quisenberry
Nov 17, 2020 6:03:43 PM


Last month, we shared the release of a new report called "Education Equity in Michigan," which has recently been adopted by the MI Civil Rights Commission (MCRC). We pointed out that while many of the recommendations in the report are valid and important, the information shared about charter schools is simply inaccurate and dangerous. 

Over 100 charter school advocates stepped up to send a message to the MCRC, encouraging them to correct their statements on charter schools. Influential charter leaders sent key letters. Many of you shared your frustration with me, asking what more could be done. Thanks to our collective efforts, the MCRC is hosting a special hearing to address our concerns, which will take place next Monday, Nov. 23 @ 5PM (Our panel is slated to begin around 6:15PM). 

This is why it's so important for us to speak up - for these moments when we are heard.

Our work is not yet done. MAPSA is hard at work assembling a panel of charter educators and advocates to address specific questions and concerns from the MCRC, but we encourage all charter advocates to participate: 

Tune in live on Monday, Nov. 23

This Monday, November 23 @ 5PM, you can join the special MCRC hearing LIVE. Simply click THIS LINK and use passcode 889370 to join the Zoom webinar. Or, if you'd like to tune in for just our panel's discussion, check out the Facebook Livestream via the MI Department of Civil Rights page around 6:15PM.

Submit a brief comment for consideration

If you are unable to attend the virtual hearing, I encourage you to use this short Google Form to submit a comment, which MAPSA will submit to the Commission separately. I believe in the power of story - especially ours. Sharing your experience with your school and your educators is essential in helping important decision makers, like the MCRC, understand the impact charter schools have on students and families across MI.

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