Rickea Jackson is a junior at Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA), a charter school that’s one of the highest-performing schools in Detroit. In addition to being a standout student, she’s also one of the best high school basketball players in the country, ranked as the No. 9 prospect in all of America by ESPN.
Michigan State University is part of a new national research center on school choice policy. The National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, or REACH, funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, will produce cutting-edge research on charter schools, school vouchers and other choice programs.
The Trump administration recently announced plans to combine the Labor Department and the Education Department. While unlikely to happen, it is a nod to the link between the quality of education this country provides young people and a robust workforce. In 1973, many Americans entering retirement today were entering the labor market. At the time, only 28 percent of jobs required education or training after high school. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will need postsecondary education or training.
Michigan's public charter schools outperform their district school counterparts when it comes to the percentage of students that graduate and go on to enroll in colleges and universities. That's in addition to helping Detroit's young students improve their math and reading test scores, according to a study from the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, which represents charter schools throughout the state.
Community representatives and members of the public gathered in celebration of the new K-8 charter school scheduled to open on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center in time for the 2019-2020 school year. The Flint Cultural Center Academy will be a nonprofit, public charter school, and will serve about 650 students.
Despite their ongoing competition for students, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and charter schools will team up to provide some joint services for students and families.
Michigan Democrats have sounded an alarm against charter schools for years, raising the specter of greedy for-profit corporations seeing children as dollar signs. That rhetoric is only growing in a pivotal election year. But facts should drive this debate — not scare tactics.
Detroit charter schools rightly merit attention for helping students improve on math and reading tests. But they deliver other benefits that take longer to emerge. A new analysis says that a Detroit student who attends a charter high school is more likely to pursue higher education.
As National Charter Schools Week wraps up, new data show their potential to improve students’ scores.
For the second year in a row, a charter school has been ranked as the best open-enrollment high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine released its annual rankings of the “Best High Schools in America” this week, and charter schools performed extremely well in both the state and national rankings.
Cornerstone Schools today announced the Cornerstone For Life Promise, a pledge to provide career and college support services and tools to all Cornerstone graduates to help them live fulfilling and sustainable lives, beginning with the Class of 2019.
Pat Cwayna, CEO of West Michigan Aviation Academy, has been named the 2018 Michigan Association of Public School Academies' Administrator of the Year.
“This isn’t just my award,” Kristina Price told a gymnasium full of students Monday afternoon at Trillium Academy in Taylor. ”This award is because I have the most amazing students in the world. Thank all of you and my lovely staff, too.”
Middle school students at Pansophia Academy are learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur through the school’s Youth Entrepreneurs class, under the direction of Tracy Bailey and Kyle Burke. With the extension class, students learn through hands-on training and programing the steps — beginning to end — of owning a business.
Michigan’s public schools would receive their largest increase in base per-student funding in 17 years under a budget plan endorsed by the state House.
National surveys and statewide reports indicate that the majority of likely voters support the use of taxpayer money to fund school choice programs.
A Saginaw charter school founded by former Pittsburgh Steelers star and University of Michigan football All American LaMarr Woodley and authorized by Eastern Michigan University will open its doors for students this fall.
The education reform recommendations of the governor’s 21st Century Education Commission issued a year ago are unique in one very important way: The commission’s recommendations reflect virtually all of the important education constituencies in Michigan — business, labor, parents, superintendents, teachers, early childhood educators, colleges, the Legislature, the governor’s office, Democrats and Republicans. If we are to transform Michigan’s struggling public education system into one of the best in America and the world, all of these groups will have to be on the same page.
There is good news about the progress of the nation's schools, though the secretary of education's opponents may not want to see it. The results deliver a deep blow to their unfounded arguments but affirm the choices many families have made.
Lighthouse Connections Academy (LCA), a tuition-free, full-time virtual public charter school, has been authorized by Oxford Community Schools to serve students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The school, which will serve students across the state, will utilize the nationally-recognized Connections Academy program.