A note from President Dan Quisenberry
As the frigid rain poured down over us on May 7, refusing to lighten up even for a moment, I distinctly remember sighing a breath of frustration - it seemed that everything that could put a damper on our success this year, surely tried. But just as the MAPSA team was beginning to accept the worst, one by one, bus by bus, carload by carload, friendly familiar faces arrived at the Capitol - a little wet, but entirely ready to drive home another successful Charter Day at the Capitol. Over 600 people stood together on the Capitol steps that day in solidarity as charter advocates.
That is success.
This year was marked with numerous challenges - many of which tested our strength as an organization, and as a movement. From attacks on charters at the national level from high-profile political candidates and organizations, to attacks right here in the Mitten from our MI State Board of Education, and the MI Civil Rights Commission, we were up to our neck in defensive strategy. But we weathered each and every storm, and created some noise along the way. Not to mention, we never lost focus of our regular day-to-day work: the critical time we spend elevating charter stories in digital spaces, highlighting our best and brightest educators, throwing a kick-ass conference and celebrating our 25th year as a movement.
Looking back on the late nights, the headaches, the headlines and the meetings, I'm inspired not only by what we've achieved this year (and believe me, I'm proud of that), but also by the passion and grit this team and these stakeholders have demonstrated in the face of adversity. I am invigorated by the work we do as educators every day. I am proud to have represented MI students for another year. It was tough, but we wouldn't have it any other way - here's to another year!