The home of the best charter school system in the country is a perfect place to discuss the future of education in America

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (MCCSA), which serves as a unified voice for authorizers across Michigan, looks forward to perspectives from two state and national education leaders that will move the education reform conversation forward at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference this week. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. schools, are keynote speakers.

“The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers appreciates the Detroit Regional Chamber inviting Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee to speak about education reform at their annual Mackinac Policy Conference,” said Dr. Lawrence V. Wells, chair of the board of directors of MCCSA and director of the Charter Schools Office at Ferris State University. “As the home of the best charter school system in America, Michigan is a perfect place to discuss education reform. We look forward to listening to their insight and experiences in education reform as part of building the conversation on education reform across the state. As charter public school authorizers, we are committed to quality education, accountability, transparency and innovation.”

A key report released in January by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University (CREDO) finds students in Michigan’s charter schools are making larger learning gains in both math and reading than demographically similar students in the state’s traditional public schools. According to the study, a typical student in a Michigan charter schools gains, on average, two months more learning in a year than their traditional public school counterparts.

“These findings show that Michigan has set policies and practices for charter schools and their authorizers to produce consistent high quality across the state. The findings are especially welcome for students in communities that face significant education challenges.” said Dr. Margaret Raymond, Director of CREDO at Stanford University.

According to MCCSA, the CREDO report supports its internal data and shows the Michigan Model is working, and it’s leading to significant improvements for students, especially at-risk children who are historically underserved. The Michigan Model is built on strong statewide authorizers, freedom to select management structure and boards that are well vetted and trained.

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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