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A vision for tomorrow

Every child deserves a quality education in a quality school; in our ideal tomorrow, those quality options will be abundant and accessible. In our ideal tomorrow, our public education system will be:


Excellent education shouldn't be dependent on zip code, income level or education needs. 


We believe in transparency, and holding every school to the same performance measurement standards.


Educators are professionals. Empower them to innovate in the classroom to support the needs of their students.


We're teaching the minds of tomorrow - we must prepare them to be engaged citizens in pursuit of their future.
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We need a systems evolution

and a little bit of disruption

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.

So how do we get there?

Grit & collaboration


Foster innovation

Continue to push the boundaries of innovative education; pilot dynamic pedagogies, build unique school campuses, empower educators, and uncover the best strategies for students.


Break barriers

Continue to advocate for equal funding and equal accountability standards. Raise the collective bar of public education across the state, in both traditional and charter settings.


Implement success

Identify strategies that lead to the most successful student outcomes; academic performance, student growth, college preparedness and post-secondary enrollment.

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Find out how charters are driving our vision

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