Charters Make a Difference

As part of our ongoing efforts to close the equity gap between charter schools and traditional public schools, we invite parents, educators and advocates to tell their stories of charter success. 

Help us achieve equitable funding

The Michigan School-Aid Budget allocates funding for public education bodies, including traditional public and charter schools. While both entities provide 100% free and public education options to families across the state, charters schools and traditional public schools are NOT funded equally.

  • On average, Michigan charter schools receive about $2,782 or 20% LESS per pupil than traditional public schools. 
  • The average charter school is 32% more cost effectivethan the average traditional public school located in the same city. 
  • The average charter school generates an average 36% higher return on investment per every dollar it spends than traditional public schools.

During the 2019 Charters Make a Difference Initiative, you'll have the opportunity to attend the House and Senate K12 School Aid Subcommittee Hearings and share your story of charter success with your lawmakers. As it comes time to vote on key public education issues, including charter school funding, your voice could be the one that makes a difference for your lawmaker. 

*2019 dates of participation to be announced.

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Public schools no longer fit into a one-size-fits-all box. Learning should be diverse and accessible - and charter schools are a critical choice for many families. Unfortunately, they are not funded fairly for that work. 

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