by Geoff Larcom, Published April 16, 2013
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents voted to issue a charter to three area schools at the board's regular meeting April 16.
The board authorized EMU President Susan Martin to execute a five-year charter school contract with Boggs Educational Center, located in Detroit, the Detroit Public Safety Academy and Global Tech Academy, located in Willow Run. The charters will expire on June 30, 2018.
Eastern's Charter Schools Office will assist these new schools by providing oversight in the areas of legal compliance, financial health and fiscal management. The office will also monitor and assess the academic progress made by each school's students.
Charter schools are required to meet U.S. Department of Education and Michigan Department of Education academic performance standards. In addition, Eastern's charter schools are required to meet specific performance standards that are set by Eastern's Charter Schools Office.
"These will be the first new charter schools that have been authorized at Eastern since 1999," said Malverne Winborne, director of the Charter School Program at Eastern. "My office, in conjunction with the executive leadership team and the Board of Regents, completed an extensive review process before selecting these schools.
"We have worked hard to bring on-line public school academies that would introduce innovation to K-12 education, with a strong focus on the at-risk communities."
During their regular meeting last October, the regents empowered the Charter Schools Office to negotiate with the organizations to develop charter contracts for operating the three new public school academies.
The Charter Schools Office at Eastern was established in 1995 and began sponsoring charter schools in 1996. Currently, the department oversees eight public school academies located in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Genesee.
The three schools opening include:
"Eastern Michigan University continues to be excited about adding three new public school academies to its portfolio of schools," said Winborne. "This is in keeping with our mission to address the educational needs of the communities in southeast Michigan."
For more information, go to the Charter Schools Office homepage.