It is essential that our communities have a vibrant public education system made up of various schools competing to offer 21st century education, that address local educational, community and business needs, and that prepare students for the global economy, and give all children the opportunity to excel.
Charter schools began as an bold idea to test innovative education strategies, in a way that wasn't possible for traditional district schools. 25 years later, we're seeing some of those strategies realized in classrooms across the state - charter and traditional. Charter schools are not just a type of public school in Michigan, they are a strategy for change and improvement in the K12 public education system.
The public education sector can continue to learn from those outside of the education silo to see how systems change has been successful. The world of communications, technology, retail, transportation, and entertainment have all experienced systems change to seek improvement. Change will come in education - and we're committed to it.
As traditional districts continue to discover how to provide more autonomy and flexibility to schools and how to shape teaching as a professional career, it is clear that this two-sector strategy in education is succeeding.