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The annual Charter Schools Week project 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.
In 2021, we adapted our " Charter Day" celebration into an entire WEEK in which charter advocates shared their stories and engaged their elected officials in a safe way.
The first day of our week-long celebration included an emphasis on organizing in-district activities with local legislators, including some in-person school visits and some virtual school visits. We were proud to organize 6 visits across the Mitten in key legislative districts.
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. On Tuesday, May 11, MAPSA live-streamed a short program from the Capitol steps, with special guest speakers Christel Drew, Principal at Madison Academy High School in Flint, State Representative Pamela Hornberger (R), and State Representative Tyrone Carter (D). Each speaker uniquely shared why it's so important to use your voice as advocates on the issues that matter.
On Wednesday, May 12, we delivered over 1,000 hand-written letters to MI legislators, on behalf of the MI charter school community. Schools from across the Mitten participated, ranging from elementary students, to parents, to teachers, to high-school students, and even alumni - each sharing why their school is so special. 30 Michigan lawmakers received letters from charter advocates in their District, and some even met us in-person to receive the letters!
Though health and safety concerns still kept us from convening in-person on the Michigan Capitol steps, it didn't stop us from showing our #MiCharterPride! On Thursday, charter advocates from across the state shared photos to their school and personal social media accounts, sporting their school swag and sharing a few sentences about why they LOVE their school. #ChartersLead!
To finish off the week-long events, MAPSA hosted a live-stream Virtual Celebration event with special guest speakers Malverne Windborne with the Eastern Michigan University Charter Schools Office, all ten finalists from the 2021 MI Charter School Awards, and a student performance from the talented dancers at Advanced Technology Academy of Pontiac.