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Family Believes Charters and Choice are Tickets to Success

The Hesters attended Detroit public schools and believe now as parents, families need to have buy-in to make school a success for their children. Upon research, they found a charter that best suits their needs and their daughters are excelling. … more

Detroit Mom Bypasses Neighborhood School in Favor of Charter

Toya Putnam lives next to a Detroit Public school but chooses to send her 7 year to Connor Creek, a charter school, miles away. She said she was attracted to the curriculum, smaller class sizes and individual attention. … more

The School Choice Difference for One Detroit Area Family

Danielle Henderson grew up attending Detroit Public Schools. She felt unprepared for college and didn’t want her son to have the same experience. She values school choice. She wants her son to reach his potential and likes the fact that she can research schools to see if there is a better fit. Without charters, she says she’d be stuck. “I can’t afford private school,” she says. … more

Grandfather's Message to Lansing: Let Charters Flourish

Cory Hughes has five children and five grandchildren. He has seen charter school success through two generations. He addresses criticisms of charters including lack of transparency, for-profit management companies and too much “shopping around” for parents to find the right school. … more

Detroit Area Children Thrive in Charter School

Jocelyn wanted her granddaughters to have a better school experience than the one she remembers when she moved her family to Detroit 17 years ago. Jocelyn and her daughter, Janine discuss freedom of choice and how it’s reminiscent of the 1965 Voting Rights Movement. … more

Detroit Area Mom says Parents Know What's Best for their Kids

LaTanya Dorsey thought she had to send her daughter to the neighborhood public school that was assigned to her address. When she learned she had a choice, she looked for a school with a positive environment and found one at a charter academy. … more

Charter School Struggles to Purchase Building from Traditional Public School

After months of pressure, the Saginaw Public Schools Board agreed to sell an unused building to a successful charter school in the city. The video shows the weeks of wrangling Francis Reh Academy endured. … more

Mackinac Center Labor Expert Testifies in Wisconsin about Right-to-Work

F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center, testifies on the value of worker freedom. … more

The (Lack of) Value of the MEDC

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh testified before the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee on the questionable value of tax subsidies and economic development programs. … more

Wind Energy in Michigan

Events were held on the same day dealing with wind energy in Michigan by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC). … more

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The Mackinac Center celebrates school choice with filmmaker Bob Bowdon, Sen. Phil Pavlov, and hundreds of students.

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