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    Thursday, March 26, 2015    


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Detroit Free Press
Detroit charter schools show gains, but lag behind state
“It`s evidence that charter schools are working,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), ...




Express Milwaukee
How money is corrupting charter school purpose
Simply search online for “charter school issues in Michigan 2015” or “charter school issues in Ohio 2015” to find out why these states are trying to ...




Great Falls Tribune
Education committee OKs proposal for charter schools
Austin Knudsen said charter schools offer a free and inclusive option for ... Earlier this month, the founder of a charter school in Michigan went to trial ...




Chalkbeat New York
YES Prep likely to halt plans to run schools in special Tenn. district
The charter network`s expected exit is sure to bring more scrutiny to ... In Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan, charter school operators have stepped ...




Detroit Free Press
Lauren McCarthy: The narrative of Detroit
However, for the past year and a half my sister has been working for Teach for America, teaching 10th and 11th grades at a charter school in Midtown.




The Ann Arbor Independent
Washtenaw Intermediate School District Awarded $566244 School Safety Grant—Single Largest ...
MICHIGAN STATE POLICE (MSP) officials last week announced that 56 Michigan public school districts, 15 private schools, 11 charter schools and ...




Education Dive
Indiana schools don`t have to provide transport, says court
This case is particularly important as more charter schools crop up, as they allow students to attend from anywhere in the city. If buses are not required, ...



WEB

State Superintendent removes 7 charter school authorizers from
LANSING — Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan removed seven charter school authorizers from at-risk status after notifying them in August ...



Seven charter school authorizers no longer at risk of suspension
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan`s education agency has told seven charter school authorizers that they are no longer at risk of losing their ability to ...



Flanagan: Charter school authorizers no longer at risk of being suspended
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan. Flanagan told ...



7 charter school authorizers no longer at risk of suspension
Michigan`s education agency has told seven charter school authorizers that they are no longer at risk of losing their ability to charter new schools.



Detroit charter schools show gains, but lag behind condition
The main focus on growth ignores the general low performance of schools in Detroit, stated Lou Glazer, a charter advocate and leader of Michigan ...



GVSU, 6 other charter school authorizers no longer `at-risk`
Seven of Michigan`s charter school authorizers made enough improvements over the past eight months that the Michigan Department of Education ...



7 charter school authorizers no longer at risk of suspension
Michigan`s top education official notified seven charter school authorizers Wednesday that they are no longer at risk of losing their ability to charter ...



Detroit charter schools show gains, but lag behind state #Detroit
Detroit charter schools show gains, but lag behind state #Detroit. The researchers only looked at improvement in test scores, not proficiency rates …



Crossroads Charter Academy, Michigan; Charter Schools
Standard&Poor`s Ratings Services lowered its long term rating to `BB` from `BB+` on Crossroads Charter Academy, Mich.`s (the academy) series 2012 ...



7 charter school authorizers get reprieve
11 charter school authorizers face suspensionSFGate 11.08.2014 ... Grand Rapids among Michigan schools ranked nationally in charter school ...



7 charter school authorizers no longer at risk of suspension
(AP) - Michigan`s top education official notified seven charter school authorizers Wednesday that they are no longer at risk of losing their ability to ...



Seven Charter School Authorizers Removed From State List For Possible Suspension
LANSING -- Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan removed seven charter school authorizers from at-risk ... for authorizers to charter new ...



State Superintendent removes 7 charter school authorizers from
Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan removed seven charter school authorizers from at-risk status after notifying them in August that they ...


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     Leadership Governance...
Governance is THE job of Charter Boards, and the MACSB offers a framework for Board governance that will put you in command of your Academy while keeping you out of the trenches.

This model, which we title "Leadership Governance", is accurately based on the proven Policy Governance model (created by John Carver) which we have successfully tailored for Michigan Charter Boards.

The MACSB offers an efficient and informative presentation on Leadership Governance. Contact us for further information or to arrange a presentation to your Board.
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Authorizer Analysis
Accountability For All

 
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Authorizers have a difficult job. But failing ESPs? Don't our children deserve better?

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Time to Look at Ourselves
Vol. 2No. 6
When Charter Boards set written performance expectations, the major focus should always be in the area of Student Achievement, although establishing expectations in the Management area is also important because it speaks to issues of prudent and ethical administrative actions.

But the “expectations” model for governance promoted by the MACSB has a special feature that helps Board focus on an often overlooked area….the performance of the Board itself!

Most Boards seldom engage in any form of true introspection, usually because there are no standards or criteria to measure against.  But MACSB offers a practical way to make it happen.  It is done by establishing written expectations for Board performance and assessing performance against those expectations.

In this area, a Board establishes expectations for itself in the following categories:

  • Governance Approach & Style
  • Meeting Agenda/Protocol
  • Board President
  • Board Code of Conduct
  • Board Committees
  • Governance Education
  • Administrator Relations

These expectations are not a substitute for or redundant to Board bylaws.  They are quite different (but complementary) in that they address topics directly related to “governance”  rather than structure.  And these performance expectations are also monitored and self-assessed by the Board based on internal survey of individual Board members.

Performance reports and assessments in this area are typically produced two times a year, each covering about half of the expectations categories.  Again, Boards can conduct these assessments on their own or tap into the MACSB automated reporting system that produces the survey documents for completion by each Board member and then compiles the results for Board deliberation.

An important by-product of these Board performance expectations is that they also serve as a helpful screening process for selecting Board candidates.  Rather than expect candidates to face the traditional tasks of “figuring out” what membership means and wading through the 1,000 page policy manual that current members have long forgotten, candidates see the written, Board-developed standards that show how your Board intends to operate. 

Board expectations also help preclude membership by those with strange or unknown agendas.  They know what is expected and what isn’t!  In other words, candidates and current members can substantively determine if there is likely a good “fit”…kind of a Match.com for member recruitment.

The value of this approach cannot be overstated.  Continuity of the Board’s governance style is essential to effective performance.  And many Boards have paid the price for arrival of a member with delusions of individual authority, especially when coupled with a hidden agenda and no real knowledge of how the Board operates.

In future Board Bits issues we will provide examples of how Boards can address a variety of issues and decisions based on the governance philosophy that underlies the MACSB Leadership Governance model.


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