LANSING, Michigan – The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) released a report today titled Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools In Times Of Declining Enrollment And Charter Growth. The new report focuses on the financial challenges faced by districts experiencing enrollment declines due at least in part to charter growth, and the ways that charters and districts can work together to prevent harm to children remaining in district-run schools.
Below is a statement on the report from Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association.
“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.”