New Jackson charter proposed

JACKSON, Mich. - A former Jackson Public Schools administrator is proposing a new charter public school in Jackson in which students would receive credit when they show proficiency, whether that's earlier or later than in a typical school, according to The Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Roxana Hopkins, a former Jackson assistant superintendent, told The Citizen Patriot that the Jackson Learning Lab would give more time to students who are failing in the area's traditional schools, but also allow students who want pursue an associate's degree while still in high school the chance to move ahead. She also hopes to attract area home-schoolers and those attending elementary public charter schools, The Citizen Patriot reported.

Organizers expect to learn in April whether Grand Valley State University is willing to be the chartering authority, The Citizen Patriot reported.

The school would have an academics-only focus, with no textbooks, clubs or sports, according to The Citizen Patriot.

"Families have to make the choice that's right for their family,'' said A'Lynne Robinson, Jackson Public Schools spokeswoman. "But I think with all the things we have to offer at JPS, we're pretty secure in the ability of parents to find a great education here."

"As a taxpayer, I think it's a good thing to have as much school of choice as possible," said Reuben Rubio, president of the Jackson Area Home Educators.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot, "JPS is eyeing charter school," Feb. 7, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Pioneering new methods in education: Jackson home-schoolers share resources, knowledge," Sept. 6, 2006