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Charters Help Detroit's Children Succeed

Pam Russell teaches at a Detroit charter school where her granddaughter now attends kindergarten. She enjoys getting better professional development and watching her granddaughter learn violin in the classroom. … more

Nancy Clark Choses Detroit Charter for her Grandchildren

Nancy Clark saw first hand the Detroit charter she chose for her grandchildren - she works there. But that is not the only reason she wanted to be careful about where to send her girls. A recent visit to a Detroit conventional school made her realize the value of choice. … more

Mom Prefers Detroit Charter

Lisa Cobb has a third grader and a daughter old enough to be working towards her PhD. She prefers charter to conventional school and especially likes that fact that her son wears a tie everyday. … more

Detroit Mom Says Charters are Awesome

Tress Andrews says charter has been a positive experience for her daughter. She is on the honor roll and learning a strong work ethic. … more

Detroit Mom: Detroit Public Schools Were "Going Down" To Me

Tamika Harrison bounced from school to school growing up in the Detroit Public Schools. The experience contributed to her dropping out and later getting her GED. She is now turning to charter schools to spare her son the same experience. … more

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

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