Charter School Authorization

A charter school authorizer provides oversight and enforces accountability mechanisms to ensure quality schools exist. Authorizers are responsible for issuing charter contracts to school boards, and then holding them accountable for their performance according to the terms of those contracts. Universities, community colleges, intermediate school districts and local school districts can authorize a charter school in Michigan.  Universities can authorize a school any where in the state of Michigan, however, community colleges, intermediate school districts and local school districts can only authorize schools within their geographic boundries.

Not all potential authorizers take advantage of the opportunity to issue charters. This does not preclude charter school developers from requesting potential authorizers to consider them as an applicant. Click HERE to download a list of all current Michigan authorizers.  Each Michigan authorizer has its own process, forms, and requirements.  As chartering opportunities become available, each authorizer will specify the specific process to be used. View the Michigan Department of Education's 2011-2012 Authorizer's Report HERE.


National Association of Charter School Authorizers

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is devoted exclusively to improving public education by improving the policies and practices of the organizations responsible for authorizing charter schools. Quality authorizing leads to quality charter schools, and NACSA is creating the environment of expectations, relationships, practices, policy, and resources for authorizers to excel.  Visit NACSA's website to see a list of Michigan authorizers.


Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers

The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (The Council) serves as a collaborative non-profit, non-partisan professional organization that allows for sharing of issues, ideas, resources and best practices among all authorizers working in the state. Council members have been working together to keep Michigan's charter school strategy in motion since 1994. For more information on The Council, please visit their website.


Charter Application Windows open

The following authorizers are taking applications now. For more information, please click on the links below. You may also wish to visit each authorizer's webpage for more information. 

Grand Valley State University will accept applications year round.

Saginaw Valley State University will accept applications year round.

The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools CMU will accept applications year round.

 

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