In addition to its daily hands-on work with schools authorized by the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools (the Center) works to provide policy direction, thoughtful advocacy and high-level support to those in the charter school sector. In Michigan and throughout the United States, the Center is widely known as an expert resource for those seeking to advance and promote the work of charter schools. The Center's team has developed a nationally renowned oversight model for charter schools. Because of this, its experts are called upon regularly to speak about its quality oversight program and best practices. In working toward the ultimate goal of improving student achievement, the Center has led the sector in developing ways to demonstrate accountability while providing valuable information and resources to charter public school leaders, policymakers and Michigan families.
The Center engages in far more than routine oversight of its authorized charter schools. Its staff is proactive in their efforts to provide valuable information and resources to charter public school leaders, policymakers and Michigan families.