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At MAPSA, we are dedicated to advancing the best interests of Michigan's charter schools. From fighting for more clasroom dollars, to advocating for increased educator autonomy, we utilize our strong Lansing relationships to make change happen. As a member charter school, you can help support that effort while also taking advantage of key benefits.
We know that schools deal with negative criticism and misinformation from parents and community members every day - but the facts speak for themselves. Use this information to help spread postive awareness.
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.”
A full-service charter school management company will do everything from establishing the curriculum, to hiring teachers and principals, to handling human resources, marketing and custodial services. Other companies specialize in certain things such as human resources and/or finance.
Not every charter school has a management company, some are entirely independently-managed, while others opt for a-la-carte services, like human resources or accounting.
Yes, every single charter school in the state of Michigan is a tuition-free, public entity with nonprofit status.
Many charter schools work with external for-profit organizations, such as management companies and other service providers, to operate their schools - just like traditional public schools who work with vendors to provide things like school lunches, books, and accounting services. However, these partnerships in no way affect the nonprofit status of any charter school.
Yes, as public schools, charters are held to the exact same state-mandated academic standards and participate in the same state testing. You can view the academic performance of any charter school, and compare results with other charters and traditional public schools by visiting the MI School Data Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.
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