CANTON, Mich. - Hamadeh Educational Services Inc. wants to open a fourth public charter school, this one in the Canton area, according to the Canton Observer. The educational services firm already operates two schools in Dearborn and one in Detroit.

The firm has filed a request for special land use to build University Academy, a K-12 school. The Canton Planning Commission will address the request at its Nov. 3 meeting, the Observer reported.

"We are definitely excited," Nawal Hamadeh, the founder, superintendent and CEO of Hamadeh Educational Services, told the Observer. Currently, Hamadeh schools enroll about 2,000 students.

Hamadeh said the schools emphasize diversity and offer Arabic language classes, and that children are better served by having educational options, according to the Observer.

"Private schools can't meet 100 percent of the needs and public schools can't meet 100 percent but charter schools can serve as a medium," Hamadeh told the Observer. "I believe that choices are great."

Canton Observer, "Canton could get 2nd charter school," Oct. 13, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "Charter school enrollment breaks 100,000," Dec. 18, 2007