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    Sunday, November 22, 2015
BAY CITY, MI — Bay City Academy, the embattled charter school that was tarnished earlier this year after its founder was convicted of tax fraud, ...
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Capital and Main
The director of a charter school in Michigan has been suspended while school officials await a forensic audit. Why? Hundreds of thousands of dollars ...
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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – Arthur Scott, who served as board president of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System since its beginning ...
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Michigan is different from other states because the vast majority of its charter schools are already run by for-profit companies. The Detroit News reports ...
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Dairy Herd Management
Just under 50 people loaded a charter bus from the McCalmly Plaza Hotel – the host location of this year`s School Nutrition Association of Michigan ...
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A local charter school recently completed its first year of sports competition with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. The Charyl Stockwell ...
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Opportunity Scholarship
Students enrolled in a Michigan charter school are also eligible if: A) their school is located geographically with an eligible district, or B) their school ...
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State of charter schools: How Michigan spends $1 billion but fails to hold schools accountable
The Free Press examined the state of charter schools in Michigan — successes, failures, flaws in the system and in state laws. They also looked ...
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Bay City Academy charter school $1.3 million in debt, according to financial audit
Bay City Academy has until Dec. 9 to submit a deficit elimination plan to the Michigan Department of Education or risk losing its school aid funds.
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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.

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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 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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