Charter Schools

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A Public School Academy (PSA) is a state‐supported public school operating under a charter contract issued by a public authorizing body. PSAs are also commonly referred to as charter schools. A charter school is required to adhere to Michigan statutes and rules for special education, as well as the federal requirement. A charter school is not a private school.

Charter schools are prohibited by law from discriminating in admissions and must accept every student who applies (or hold a lottery if there are more applicants than the school can accommodate). Read more:  Charter School Q&A from Michigan Department of Education (the section on special education begins on page 15)

Parents need to ask important questions when considering enrolling in a charter school. You can find the answer to many questions about PSA’s here:

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