https://www.mackinac.org/archives/2018/s2018-01.pdf

Better Fiscal Outcomes

Charter schools in Michigan are more cost effective and produce a larger return on investment for taxpayers. These results persist even after controlling for student demographic factors that research suggests impacts both a school’s funding levels and its average student test scores.

Charter Management Companies

On average, CREDO researchers found that network-affiliated charters increase student learning more than self-managed charters. They also observed that all types of “charter schools are having a positive impact.” Of course, these high-level results can obscure a great deal of variation among individual networks and schools, as well as differences among states.

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Detroit's K–12 Strategy

The report and accompanying online tool lay the groundwork for cross-sector, citywide collaboration to boost access to performing public schools in the Motor City; to strategically allocate resources, including facilities; and to seize opportunities to adaptively reuse the sites of former schools to strengthen neighborhoods.

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Attendance Matters

Research confirms what common sense dictates: Students learn less when their teachers aren’t there. According to multiple studies, a ten-day increase in teacher absence results in at least ten fewer days of learning for students.

MI Charter Achievement

A study from CREDO — a Stanford-based research group well known for its charter research — found that charter schools in Michigan, and especially Detroit, moderately outperform district schools. The state’s for-profit charters, if anything, perform better than non-profit schools, according to CREDO, and, unlike in most other states, online charters in Michigan do just as well as other schools.