This Week & Next (July 18, 2014)

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CMU Brings Charter School Students to Campus

This past week 50 seventh grade students are experiencing life on a college campus while diving into science, technology, engineering and math activities. Central Michigan University’s first-ever Camp Central for College Candidates is helping to spark interest in both college and careers in the STEM disciplines. With no cost to their families or schools to attend, the students arrived on campus from the Holly Academy, the International Academy of Flint, the Linden Charter Academy and Woodland Park Academy, all CMU-authorized charter public schools. Click here to read more about this event.
Livonia Public Schools Pulls Plug on Charter School to Benefit Themselves
Shortly before the school year ended, Livonia Public Schools notified Hinoki International School, a Japanese emersion charter school that it had authorized, that it was terminating its building lease and starting a carbon-copy Japanese language immersion program in the fall. The move will essentially put Hinoki out of business because the charter cannot find space on short notice in the land-locked city of Livonia. Read all about in this article from Michigan Capitol Confidential.
GLEP Files Complaint against Todd Courser for Campaign Finance Act Violation
Earlier this week, GLEP filed an official complaint with the Michigan Department of State alleging that Todd Courser’s campaign for State Representative violated section 44 (2) of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act by sending a mass email that both supported the nomination and solicited financial contributions for two other State Representative candidates (Gary Glenn & Cindy Gamrat).  Click here to read our press release and download the official complaint.
UPDATE: Still No Superintendents Have Signed the “School Accountability Pledge”
MAPSA’s “School Accountability Pledge” is still available for signing by any traditional public school superintendent willing to operate under same accountability, transparency and oversight laws as Michigan’s charter public schools. We keep waiting for just one superintendent to sign it, and when they do we’ll let you know right away!

The Truth about Education Funding
To dispel much of the misinformation being tossed around by partisan activists, GLEP has launched a website to provide education advocates, parents, policy makers and the news media with the facts about school funding in the includes “to the penny” allocations for 800+ school districts with data from FY 2012, 2013 and 2014. This site proves that funding, on a per student basis, has gone up by hundreds of dollars per student since Governor Snyder took office.  

Education Reform News from Across the Country

Gary G. Naeyaert
Executive Director