The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (The Council) serves as a collaborative non-profit, non-partisan professional organization that allows for sharing of issues, ideas, resources and best practices among all authorizers working in the state. Council members have been working together to keep Michigan's charter school strategy in motion since 1994.
Charter public schools across Michigan are working to provide high-quality educational opportunities for tens of thousands of schoolchildren. As they undertake this important work, they are accountable to students, families, and communities and a critical group of oversight agencies known as authorizers. Authorizers are responsible for issuing charter contracts to school boards, and then holding them accountable for their performance according to the terms of those contracts.
Charter Application Windows open
The following authorizers are taking applications now. For more information, please click on the links below and be sure to consult our Authorizer Resources page for the Charter Application. You may also wish to visit each Authorizer's webpage for more information. Links are available from our Member page under "About".
Grand Valley State University will accept applications year round.
Saginaw Valley State University will accept applications year round.
Central Michigan University will accept applications year round.
Ferris State University has instituted a rolling application cycle;
The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office is preparing to accept charter school applications under the provisions of PA 277, Michigan’s charter school law. The University is seeking applicants that have sound core values, promising vision and mission, the capacity to deliver a high quality studentcentered educational program, and a fiscally sound business plan. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and will be accepted until October 11, 2013. Phase One applications and Board addendum are available on the Ferris State University Charter Schools Office Website.
Lake Superior State University will have two windows for accepting applications for a charter contract beginning this fall. LSSU will accept applications September 10 through October 1, 2012. And again from January 1 through January 31, 2013.