Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (MCCSA), which serves as a unified voice for authorizers across Michigan, has named Jared Burkhart as executive director. Burkhart, who has extensive legislative experience, recently started his position.  He spent the last eight years as a staff member for three state representatives and as the lead staff member to the Chair of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.

“We are pleased to have Jared on board to head the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers,” said Dr. Lawrence V. Wells, chair of the board of directors of MCCSA and director of the Charter Schools Office at Ferris State University. “We look forward to working with Jared to help authorizers promote public school choice and accountability by supporting high-quality oversight.”

Burkhart’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University. He currently resides in Holt, Michigan, with his wife Katey and two children.

The MCCSA serves as a collaborative non-profit, non-partisan professional organization that allows for sharing of issues, ideas, resources and best practices among all authorizers in Michigan. They operate according to principles including:

  • Choice is a necessary element in today’s system of public education.
  • Quality must remain the most central focus for authorizers, school operators, and policymakers alike.
  • Autonomy and innovation are essential to ensure the success of Michigan’s charter school movement and K-12 education in general.
  • Accountability is crucial. Quantifiable, data-driven results must be achieved and supported at all levels of K-12 public education.

Members of MCCSA include: Bay Mills Community College, Central Michigan University, Detroit Public Schools Office of Charter Schools, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Lake Superior University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, and Saginaw Valley State University.

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