“The goal in Michigan is to make sure that every child is receiving a quality education in a quality school, and by and large, the CRPE report helps provide a roadmap for how we can get there,” Quisenberry said. “In that regard, we feel it’s an important document that every policymaker in Michigan should study. Many of their recommendations have already become policy in Michigan with MAPSA’s support, and they do a good job of laying out what still needs to be done.
“We especially agree with CRPE’s conclusion that we need a statewide accountability system that includes a common definition of academic performance that aligns with state definitions and expectations. We also agree with CRPE that we need to close the funding gap between charter public schools and traditional public schools, and that we need to have weighted per-pupil funding based on poverty.
“The goal is to make sure that every school is a quality school – charter and traditional alike. We know that a rising tide lifts all boats – that charter schools help traditional schools get better. As we review the CRPE report, let’s keep that in mind.”
The Michigan Association of Public School Academies advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents more than 141,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in nearly 300 charter public schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.charterschools.org.