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Save the date: Charter Day at the Capitol 2020 is Wednesday, May 13, 2020!
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. Leading the Capitol steps program are unique student performances and awards for academic, athletic and artistic excellence, followed by a lunch celebration on the Capitol lawn. Register to attend this free event to stand up for your charter school and get a free t-shirt to stand together to fight the good fight for student equity and access for a quality education.
Do you want to gain amazing visibility at Michigan's largest charter school advocacy event of the year? Charter Day at the Capitol will gain you high exposure to charter school parents, educators, advocates and more. All CDAC sponsorship packages include:
It is critical that lawmakers not only see charter students as valuable members of their communities, but also that they see parents, educators and advocates as voting community members who deserve to be heard on the key issue of education.
Many lawmakers are uninformed about charter schools - some don't even know the local charters in their district. This lack of information can be very dangerous for our students as these lawmakers create and vote on impactful legislation.
One commonly-held myth about charter schools is that they are NOT public schools. Every single Michigan charter school is an independently-operated public school, that is 100% tuition-free, and which holds a nonprofit status.
And while many charters have unique classroom flexibility, cultural integration, particular program focus or special curriculum, they are also all accountable to the exact same state accountability standards as traditional public schools.
A powerful and negative message often used by some lawmakers is that charter schools are run by for-profit management companies who bring students in only to make big bucks off of that per-pupil funding.
While some charter schools operate under a management company, others operate independently. AND, management companies help schools focus on education and curriculum, while they manage business aspects such as human resources, accounting, etc., taking only a minimal percentage fee. Whether the charter is independently-managed or operator-managed, it has no impact on the status of the school - all charters remain non-profit entities.
Because virtual and blended learning schools don't have traditional costs of facilities, transportation
We know that virtual and blended learning schools have entirely different costs, including technology and tech support, virtual software and interface tools, and more. AND, some blended models do offer brick-and-mortar learning labs to support students. Regardless, we still believe that every child should get equitable funding for their education choice.
Many believe that charter schools don't employ certified teachers, but that is entirely FALSE. Every teacher working inside a charter school building must be certified to teach in the state by the Michigan Department of Education.
What's more, we know that charter school teachers go above and beyond for our charter students, personalizing learning and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to grow and thrive.
Some lawmakers believe that charter schools shouldn't receive public funding dollars because they are not held accountable to the same state standards.
Every charter school is held to the exact same standards set forth by the Michigan Department of Education. AND, charters are held to additional accountability standards above and beyond by their charter authorizer. You can see how any charter measures up to a traditional public school by visiting the Michigan Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.