OPINION: Parents don’t consider charter schools political – why do politicians?

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.

Education Policy Innovation Collaborative to launch national school choice research center

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.

OPINION: An economic case for school choice

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 charter schools outperforming district school counterparts

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.

New Flint Cultural Center school to serve 650 students

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.

Detroit News Editorial: For-profit charters aren’t that scary

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.

US News: Charter School is Top Open-Enrollment High School in the State for Second Year in a Row

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 makes lifetime commitment with Life Promise

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.

Students become business owners

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.

Fixing schools: success depends on working together

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.

New Virtual Public School Available to Serve Michigan Families in Fall 2018

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.