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. CMAD is supported by:



About Charters Make a Difference

Through the Charters Make a Difference Initiative, you'll have the opportunity to attend a House and/or Senate session and engage with key lawmakers on issues of public education in Michigan, sharing your story as a charter school advocate. 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. 

2020 Agenda & Schedule

9:30 AM - Arrive at MAPSA office
9:30-10:30 AM - Charter political landscape/legislative overview
10:30 AM - Walk over to the Capitol
10:30-11:30 AM - Legislative engagement opportunity (attending a Senate/House session, visiting legislators offices, pulling legislators off the floor and tell your story) 
11:30 AM-12:30 PM - Lunch Downtown Lansing
12:30-2:30 PM - Legislative engagement opportunities, continued

The day will include an overview of legislative updates and a trip over to the Capitol to sit in on one of the House or Senate Education Subcommittee hearings, plus you'll get a special Capitol tour from MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry. At the Capitol, MAPSA representatives will pull key legislators to come engage with the CMAD group, where you'll get a chance to engage with your lawmakers and tell them your story of charter school success. 

CMAD is generally held in January. As of now, we are awaiting health and safety guidance before determining how this event will be held in 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

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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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