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The annual Charter Day at the Capitol event brings hundreds of charter school supporters together to stand up for the diversity, innovation, passion and success that Michigan's charter schools offer students across the state. Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we went 100% virtual with our event, inviting key charter educators, lawmakers and advocates as our virtual speakers.
This year, many health and safety concerns still remain - and rather than simply doing another virtual event, we are adapting our "day" celebration to an entire WEEK in which charter advocates can share their stories and engage their elected officials in a safe way. Scroll down to check out the fun we have planned for each day of National Charter Schools Week 2021, which takes place from May 10 - 14, 2021.
The first day of our week-long celebration will include an emphasis on organizing in-district activities with local legislators, whether those are in-person school visits or virtual school visits. While MAPSA will be focusing on a handful of key legislative districts, we HIGHLY encourage charters statewide to coordinate these school visits to help build relationships with your local elected officials. If you're interested in organizing an in-district meeting with your legislators, fill out the quick form linked below to connect with MAPSA for support in organizing your meeting.
Every year, charter advocates from across the Mitten gather for our annual Charter Day at the Capitol with one goal: make our presence known to lawmakers in Lansing. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant health and safety risks, we will not be gathering at the Capitol this year - but that doesn't mean we won't have impact. On Tuesday, MAPSA will be live-streaming a short program from the Capitol steps, inviting some unique legislators and speakers to share the importance of standing up as an advocate for MI charters.
We invite you to join us LIVE, from our Facebook page, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to follow along with the program! *The program will run from 9:30AM-10AM.
On Wednesday, our goal is to deliver over 250 hand-written letters to MI legislators, on behalf of the MI charter school community. Our schools will each be provided with this Letter to MI Lawmakers template, which any staff member or student can print and hand-write a special message to their local lawmaker. To participate, please download the template below, follow the included instructions to have students/staff write personal letters, then send them to MAPSA (full details included in these instructions.)
Though we can't all gather on the Michigan Capitol steps this year, it doesn't mean we can't show the world how proud we are to be part of the MI charter school family! On Thursday, our goal is to flood social media with charter pride, showing off your school swag and 1-2 sentences on why you LOVE your school. Be sure to use #ChartersLead and TAG YOUR LOCAL LAWMAKERS!
Last year, over 325 charter advocates tuned in during our virtual live-streamed program to celebrate our 2020 Charter Day. This year, we know it is still not yet safe to convene together on the Capitol steps, and we will again deliver a virtual program to finish off the week-long events. Not only will key charter educators and advocates share some short remarks, but the virtual celebration will also feature the announcement of the 2021 MI Charter School Teacher and Administrator of the Year. *The program will run from 11AM-12PM