Our Mission

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To transform public education through accountability, innovation and access to quality education for all students

Center by the Numbers


Years of Experience

CMU was the first university in the nation to authorize a charter public school and has remained a national leader in authorizing since 1994.



CMU partner schools provide innovative and specialized educational options to students throughout Michigan.



CMU partners with 69 public schools providing a diverse portfolio of innovative educational options to families.


Board Members

The board members that serve CMU partner schools are committed to public service and are dedicated to providing a quality education to students.

Why Partner with CMU?

The Center for Charter Schools provides experience, expertise, commitment and knowledge that allows CMU partner schools to stay focused on what is most important, ensuring that all students have access to innovative education options that put their needs first.

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Charter Application


Providing resources and professional development that assist board members in fulfilling their public service commitments.
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Sharing useful information with school leaders regarding academic, fiscal and operational matters affecting their school.
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New Schools

Seeking new partners that share our vision of providing innovative educational options to students in Michigan.
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Driving collaboration by sharing The Center for Charter Schools’ best practices and research.
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