CMU cited as a model charter school authorizer

I am pleased to share with you some of the impacts that CMU and the Center for Charter Schools have had outside of Michigan.

In the state of Pennsylvania, there is a movement growing regarding the future of the state’s charter school law to assist the 40,000 students who are currently on charter school waiting lists. Policymakers, including the state’s Auditor General, are pushing to permit higher education institutions to authorize charter schools in order to improve the quality and capacity of charters throughout the state.

Throughout the debate, Michigan has routinely been identified as a state with the model framework to allow for great charter schools and quality authorizers. 50CAN, an education reform advocacy organization involved in the debate in Pennsylvania, recently released a report and newspaper editorial that depicts CMU as a model authorizer and an example of a successful program. These efforts have resulted in the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would permit colleges and universities to authorize charter schools, permanently altering the educational landscape in Pennsylvania.

We, at the Center, are proud of the impact that CMU has had on the charter school environment, both inside and outside of the state, and we thank you for your support in our endeavors.

Cindy Schumacher
Executive Director
The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools
P 989 774-2100 / F 989 774-7893

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