- Grassroots charter schools a dying breed in Michigan
- Jun 30, 6:12 AM: Frustrated with the traditional public school system in their cities, parents in Holland and Eaton Rapids took advantage of the state’s new charter law to start their own charter schools in the 1990s.
- When bad schools go on and on ...
- > Jun 27, 5:28 AM: What the report didn’t mention: The school ranked in the ninth percentile statewide in 2011-12. Without discussion, regents approved a three-year charter extension. And then, in 2012-13 rankings, Hope Academy plummeted to the first
- Advocates sought innovation when making universities school authorizers
- Jun 27, 5:24 AM: As Michigan’s charter law was put together two decades ago, those drafting it faced a problem: Who should be responsible for authorizing charter schools and keeping an eye on them?
- Some charter school teachers find more freedom in the classroom
- > Jun 26, 4:59 AM: Teaching in a charter school can be a mixed bag. Pay is often lower. Turnover is higher. There’s very little job protection. But some say it gives them the freedom to try different approaches to teaching — one of the goals when
- Concerns over charter school performance persist as more open in state
- Jun 26, 4:35 AM: Two decades into Michigan’s charter school experience, it’s clear that some schools excel academically, others don’t — and charters have not found the key to educating children in poverty.
- Opinion: Michigan schools are hurting
- > Jun 25, 6:05 AM: After years of crippling budget cuts to public education, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to a small funding increase in the 2014-15 education budget. This increase, timed to coincide with the governor’s re-election
- Pro-charter lobby shows its clout in Legislature
- > Jun 25, 5:52 AM: After voting with pro-charter Republicans against a variety of proposals that would have tightened Michigan’s oversight of charter schools, state Rep. Paul Muxlow did an about-face that almost ended his political career in December
- National Heritage Academy schools focus on college preparation, high morals and student safety
- > Jun 24, 6:13 AM: At Detroit Merit and National Heritage Academies’ other 46 Michigan charter schools, the approach is twofold: A college-focused curriculum of math, reading, science, social studies, writing — plus moral education. Schools identify
- Tangled web at two charter schools shows shortcomings of state law
- > Jun 24, 6:00 AM: Michigan’s law on charter school conflicts prohibits individuals from serving on a school board if relatives work for the school or the management company. Central Michigan University, the schools’ authorizer, went further,
- State of charter schools: How Michigan spends $1 billion but fails to hold schools accountable
- Jun 23, 4:46 AM: A yearlong Free Press investigation of Michigan’s charter schools found wasteful spending, conflicts of interest, poor performing schools and a failure to close the worst of the worst.
- Opinion: The need remains for Education Achievement Authority
- Jun 20, 6:38 AM: Agree or disagree with Covington, we need the EAA or some other educational entity to be successful so our children, city, region and our state can prosper.
- EAA interim chancellor plans district-wide review of Michigan schools
- Jun 19, 5:50 AM: The newly appointed interim chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority said Wednesday that she’s planning an across-the-district review as she meets with the 15 schools’ staffs and students’ families.
- Muskegon Heights charter schools forego management company for local control
- Jun 17, 5:44 AM: The Muskegon Heights charter school district will be operated under a self-management plan rather than an outside management company, a move that officials said will bring more local control to the schools.
- Upheaval at Michigan’s reform district as EAA chancellor resigns
His departure comes amid criticism that the Detroit schools in the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) have failed to show improvement — and as efforts to expand the system statewide have fizzled. Critics have also raised >
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- Editorial: Keep the MEAP? That’s not very smart, lawmakers
- Jun 12, 7:36 AM: The Michigan Legislature seems set on a remarkably foolish course of action: a last-minute scramble to develop a new test to assess students’ academic success.
- Column: What good do charter schools do?
- Jun 12, 5:19 AM: Charter schools are an alternative to traditional public schools — an alternative many Michigan families choose for their children.
- Teachers at Detroit charter vote to unionize, but management shakeup looms
- Jun 11, 5:20 AM: Voyageur Academy, a Detroit charter school, today joined a small group of charters in Michigan where the staff has voted to unionize.
- Opinion: EAA makes major gains for students
- > Jun 10, 6:46 AM: The Education Achievement Authority, Michigan’s turnaround program for its lowest-achieving schools, has recently undergone an independently funded third-party research exercise conducted by the Center for Research on Learning at
- Editorial: State ed board fix falls short of reform
- Jun 9, 8:44 AM: Michigan leaders are becoming more aware that the way the state governs its schools is hindering the drive to reform education.
- School teams tackle ‘early warning’ signs of at-risk students
Using information that’s been gathered on attendance, behavior and school performance in math and English, the group talks about sixth- and seventh-grade students who are “off-track” or at-risk based on dropout studies from Johns >
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