LANSING, Mich. – A new charter public school opening this fall will focus on entrepreneurship and mathematics, according to a letter by its founder published in the Lansing State Journal.

The founder, Paula Cunningham, writes in the State Journal that the Learn, Live, Lead (L3) Entrepreneurial Academy will provide the same core curriculum that Michigan public schools provide, but that students will spend twice as much time on reading and math.

Cunningham also says that the school will attempt to teach financial literacy by awarding students fictitious dollars for academic success, and deducting those dollars if students fail to meet expectations.

SOURCE: Lansing State Journal, “Paula Cunningham: New School will teach kids with a focus on business” Aug. 4, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “With Clear Eyes, Sincere Hearts and Open Minds: A Second Look at Public Education in America," July 27, 2002

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