Why School Choice?
Explore and understand the options that exist in education. In days past, school options were limited by the zip code you lived in. Unless parents could afford a private school, there were no choices. Today, parents have choice in public education. Understand the choices in public education and the innovation that comes within that!
Why is it important to explore your educational options?
First and foremost, your child deserves the best! And, as a parent, you want to give them the best!
Second, as a parent, you know your child’s interests, needs, learning styles, behavior management styles and motivation factors better than anybody else. You are your child’s best advocate!
Whether you love your child’s current school or you just have a feeling that there might be something that could work better, exploring your options empowers you to feel confident in your choice of school for your child.
But what options do I really have?
As a parent, it’s easy to find yourself longing for a solution that you are just not quite sure exists. It’s difficult to know if the expectations you set for your child’s teacher and school are reasonable. Many parents have settled for what they knew was not the best option simply because there seemed to be no other options.
So, the question is, what options really exist in public education?
When you were in school there was no such thing as “educational choice” in public education. Your school options were limited by your zip code. If you lived in Detroit, you went to the local public school in Detroit. If you lived in Lansing, you went to the local public school in Lansing. Period. Unless your parents could afford a private school, you had no choices.
There were no school-of-choice opportunities. There were no charter schools. There were no options.
Thankfully, all that changed in late 1993, when the Michigan Legislature passed a law allowing for the creation of public school academies, or “charter schools” – public schools that could be established to fill a specific educational need in a community.
All of a sudden, parents had options.
Fast-forward to 2013. There are now 276 public charter schools in Michigan. There are high-quality public charter schools in every corner of the state, filling every type of educational need.
Research, test scores and data show that charter schools are doing an excellent job of educating students. In every major city in Michigan, charter schools outperform traditional public schools on the MEAP and other standardized tests while each charter school offers a unique and innovative approach to education. It is this unique and innovative approach that allows each charter school to closely align with the needs and interests of each student, improving student outcomes.
What are some of the unique and innovative approaches to education used by charter schools in Michigan?
Every charter school has a culture that is unique in it’s own way. However, there are some common approaches to learning that can be found across the state.