Office of Public School Academies

Pawley Hall, Room 420J
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4596
Fax: (248) 370-4239

Useful Links

Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers (Council) Members of the Council seek to advance public school choice and accountability by supporting high-quality oversight and serving as a unified voice for authorizers across Michigan. The association is governed by an eleven-member board of directors, consisting of eight public universities, one community college and two regional educational service agencies.

National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NASCA)
NACSA is a nonprofit membership organization committed to developing and maintaining high standards for charter school authorizing. Our members are some of the largest charter school authorizers in the country and oversee more than half of the nation’s 5,000 charter schools.

Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA)
MAPSA endeavors to provide leadership to advance quality and promote choice in education through chartered public schools and their supporters, offering every Michigan child an opportunity to learn.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Their goal is to increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, particularly in disadvantaged communities that lack access to quality public schools. 

The Center for Education Reform
The Center drives the creation of better educational opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter school movement, and challenging the education establishment.

Michigan Department of Education - Public School Academies
The PSA Office provides quality support to charter public schools and their stakeholders through timely and accurate oversight and monitoring of charter public school grants, programs and related initiatives.

US Department of Education (
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

National Charter Schools Institute (NCSI)
The National Charter Schools Institute exists to cultivate the success of charter schooling. The Institute provides management and leadership training and provides opportunities for networking for administrators, teachers, authorizers and board members of charter schools.

Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB)
The mission of the Michigan Association of School Boards is to provide quality educational leadership services for all Michigan boards of education, and to advocate for student achievement and public education.

National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Working with and through State Associations, NSBA advocates for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership.

Michigan Association of Charter School Boards (MACSB)
The Association offers leadership and governance training to charter school boards and school leaders.

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. 

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan education association committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. The site has information about the organization's professional education and publications, as well as articles and abstracts on policy matters and research. 

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
The AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders. 

Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)
ASBO International is a professional association which provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources. The site lists professional development opportunities as well as upcoming events of interest to school business officials.

Council of the Great City Schools
The Council of the Great City Schools brings together some of the largest urban public school systems in the country in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education in the inner cities. 

Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide, nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the states. 

FairTest: The National Center for Fair & Open testing
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing is an advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound. 

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Organization of, and national voice for, middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership.

National Education Association (NEA)
NEA is composed of persons who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs and are committed to advancing the cause of public education. 

National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
Web site for the nation’s largest network of African American educators. Offers resources for Professional Development Programs and Information Sharing around innovative instructional and learning strategies that have proven successful in motivating black youth and increasing academic performance in critical learning areas. 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
The NAGC is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards works to make teaching a profession dedicated to student learning and to upholding high standards for professional performance. The site includes a news center, information on National Board Certification, a directory of certified teachers, information on products and services, and information on political action across the country.

National Writing Project
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
Develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read.

RAND Education
RAND's research on pre-K, K-12, and higher education covers issues such as assessment and accountability, choice-based and standards-based school reform, vocational training, and the value of arts education and policy in sustaining communities and promoting a well-rounded community.

Michigan Revised School Code (Act 451 of 1976)
The Revised School Code contains the laws and other mechanisms that govern the public school system, including charter schools, in Michigan. Part 6a – 6e are the sections of the code that specifically pertain to charter schools, and are generally found starting on page 31.

Education Trust
The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.

Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC)
The CSDC provides comprehensive, innovative, financial services to charter school organizations nationwide to help them lease or purchase facilities suited to their educational mission and student enrollment needs.

Education Law Association
Education Law Association, formerly NOLPE, is a non-advocacy, nonprofit organization that provides an unbiased forum for the dissemination of information about current issues in education law. 

Building Excellent Schools
Building Excellent Schools offers a three?tiered set of programs and services designed to develop effective leadership in urban charter schools for school leaders and aspiring leaders.