History

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In a few short years, the Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office has come a long way, from an initial 350 student to more than 32,000 students, from three buildings to 60 buildings, from a simple idea to a sophisticated mission.

1993

  • October 5, in a speech before the Michigan Legislature, Governor John Engler proposes several school reforms, including the creation of charter schools.

1994

  • January 14, Governor Engler signs charter school legislation into law, making Michigan the ninth state to enact a charter law.
  • At the request of Grand Valley President Arend D. Lubbers, the university’s Board of Trustees commits to chartering schools.

1995

1996

1999

  • Academic year ends with 25 Grand Valley-authorized charter schools and a combined enrollment of 7,508 students.

2000

2001

  • Former State Treasurer, Mark A. Murray becomes Grand Valley’s third President. In honor of his support, University Preparatory Academy, a K-12 school authorized by Grand Valley, names its elementary campus in Detroit, Michigan after him.

2002

  • J. Patrick Sandro, GVSU's charter schools director since 1995, retires and the J. Patrick Sandro Education Scholarship endowment is established to honor his passion for children, leadership, and commitment to education.
  • Former Chelsea Public Schools superintendent Edward D. Richardson is named Special Assistant for Charter Schools. Under Richardson’s leadership and Murray’s vision, the Charter Schools Office shifts its focus from opening new schools to ensuring student performance.

2004

  • Charter Schools Office implements a customized Web-based solution, allowing staff to file, track, and maintain information regarding legal compliance of its academies.

2005

2006

  • Grand Valley Board of Trustees approves an authorizing resolution to designate University Preparatory Academy as an urban high school academy, creating the first in Michigan. GVSU was the first and now only authorizer to have an “urban high school academy” in the state of Michigan.
  • Thomas J. Haas becomes Grand Valley’s fourth president. His vision for the Charter Schools Office is to create learning opportunities through board, staff, and administrator trainings.

2007

  • The CSO develops a Comprehensive Performance Review (CPR) plan that evaluates the success of each school by considering multiple areas of performance.

2008

  • February 12, Michigan State Board of Education Superintendent Flanagan commends Grand Valley’s CSO for closing two charter schools that did not meet required performance standards.
  • December 19, the CSO opens its competitive application process and receives 78 charter applications confirming continued interest in Michigan in establishing new charter schools and opportunities for choice.
  • GVSU’s first charter school, Excel Charter Academy opens a highschool in Grand Rapids, Grand River Preparatory High school with its first graduating class scheduled to graduate in 2012.

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013


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