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Spotlight: Peggy Yates

Spotlight highlights a National Charter Schools Institute team member. This month we highlight Peggy Yates. Peggy Yates is an Associate with the National Charter Schools Institute. She grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree from Oakland University, and an honorary […]

2017 Essay Contest Winners

2017 Essay Contest Winners

Since launching the essay contest during National Schools Choice Week in January, more than 300 Michigan charter school students have shared their stories with us on how their charter schools have helped to prepare them to succeed. Here are the winning stories: Winners Congratulations to our winners!   Prizes Prizes will be awarded for first, […]

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Spotlight: Dr. Richard Halik

Spotlight will highlight a National Charter Schools Institute team member. This month we highlight Dr. Richard Halik. Dr. Richard J. Halik is an Associate with the National Charter Schools Institute. He was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, and attended the Lansing School District, graduating from Lansing Eastern High School. He attended Lansing Community College […]


2017 Charter Schools Essay Contest

All students have big dreams. And it’s the work of great schools to make sure they’re prepared academically and with the strength of character to succeed in life. To celebrate National School Choice Week–and how Michigan’s charter schools are getting kids ready for the future–the National Charter Schools Institute and the Michigan Association of Public […]

2016 Midwest Art Contest Winners Announced

1st Place Winner from Milwaukee WI; Winning Classroom from Romulus MI December 15, 2016 For Immediate Release Contact: Don Cooper (989) 317-3510 The National Charter Schools Institute is proud of the thousands of students who annually attend charter schools throughout the nation, and also of the thousands of parents, teachers, school leaders, and charter school […]

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2016 Art Contest Winners!

A scientist. A musician. An athlete. A doctor. The President of the United States. What do you want to be when you grow up? Since launching the 2016 Midwest Charter Schools Art Contest in September, approximately 2,000 charter school students have shared their self-portraits of their big dreams for their futures. Our panel of judges was inspired by […]

Statement from the National Charter Schools Institute on Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos

November 23, 2016 Contact: Don Cooper For Immediate Release (989) 317-3510 Mt. Pleasant, MI—James N. Goenner, Ph.D., President and CEO of the National Charter Schools Institute, released the following statement today: “Betsy DeVos is an inspiring champion for children and a bold choice for Secretary of Education. “The American entrepreneurial spirit is what has, and […]