Why Public Charter Schools Work

Michigan authorizers work hard to ensure public charter schools are preparing students with the skills and education they need to succeed in a global economy.

  • Students in public charter schools are gaining faster and performing better than their peers. This outcome is even more pronounced in Detroit.

Public charter schools address the educational needs of every Michigan student.

  • More than 75 percent of students in Michigan public charter schools are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, compared to a statewide average of 51%.

  • Nearly 67 percent of students belong to racial or ethnic minorities, compared to a statewide average of 34%.

  • Charter public schools serve students with disabilities and English language learners. No student is turned away.

Public charter schools do more with less by focusing on the needs of students, not bureaucracy..

  • Public charter schools strengthen the public school system by cutting through the bureaucracy to offer students great public education that puts their needs first, so they’re ready for college and tomorrow’s economy.

  • Public charter schools are tuition free, open to every student, and full of state certified public school teachers.

  • Public charter schools receive $2,782 less funding per pupil than their traditional school counterparts—and they have to pay for their own facilities out of the operating dollars they do receive.

  • Despite this significant funding disparity, public charter schools deliver for Michigan’s kids. This indicates greater financial efficiency.

Authorizer leadership ensures accountability.

  • Public charter schools are the most accountable in the state – by a mile!  Michigan public charter schools are built to put the needs of students first, not the interests of the bureaucracy, and they face the state’s toughest accountability mandates to ensure they meet that standard.

  • MCCSA members demand and ensure accountability, and support public charter schools by providing computer-adaptive testing models, automated compliance tools, and training programs for board members and administrators

Public charter school boards oversee the operation and performance of their schools.

  • As public officials, public charter school board members are required to take the constitutional oath of office and are charged with making important determinations about contracts, budgets and policy.

  • Michigan authorizers have developed model tools, training programs and online resources to ensure board members are educated and prepared to make critical decisions.

Before they open, Michigan’s public charter schools undergo a rigorous application and review process that puts students first.

  • We scrutinize all aspects of a school’s proposed management and operational structure, contractual provisions, and program offerings to ensure accountability, compliance and freedom from conflicts of interest.

Michigan authorizers safeguard against conflicts of interest.

  • Michigan authorizers ensure and certify public charter school board member conflicts do not exist.