- About Us
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For many families, charter schools are a unique option for innovative education, bridging quality and access. Without having to move to an expensive suburb or pay high private education fees, families can make a choice between their district school and a charter - ultimately choosing the one that is the best fit for their student.
Charter schools add another layer of accessibility to public education. In many cases, the success of a charter school pushes a district school to see success of its own.
While charter schools are not elected, they are appointed with careful consideration. Often, they are the same type of business people, concerned parents and community members who serve on district boards.
Every single teacher in a charter school is certified by the State of Michigan. However, the charter school model simply empowers them to innovate new models of instruction, evaluation and student support.
Management companies are an external service provider for charter schools. Like most curriculum, meal service and supply service companies that work with district schools, some operate under a for-profit tax status. But charter schools are public entities and the tax status of their venders is not indicative of their outcomes.
Charter schools are held to the same testing and reporting standards as district schools, as well as a higher accountability measure that includes automatic closure for schools that fall below a certain threshold. The Michigan Parent Transparency Dashboard provides easy access to reporting for all public schools.
Charter schools, just like district public schools, recieve public funding dollars per-pupil. On average, a Michigan charter school student is funded 20% less than a traditional public school student.
"Charter schools are simply stealing our hard earned tax dollars, which are meant to educate our students in traditional public schools."
Michigan State Rep. (District 21)
The facts speak for themselves. We're not hiding from those statements. In fact, we'd like you to be informed - about our highly qualified teachers, about our dedicated boards, and about our commitment to accountability.
For every single one of those hot-button issues, there are countless amazing stories of overcoming odds, beating circumstance and realizing dreams.
If we want to continue to see growth in the public education sector, and help charter schools prosper, it is critical that we use our collective voices to fight misinformation and share our successes.
“Charter schools don't have the costs of operating a bus system or special education programs, and aren't held to the same accountability or performance standards.”
Curtis Hertel Jr.
Michigan State Senator (District 25)