Lansing School District Formalizes Interest in Dropout-focused Charter School

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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Capital City is home to one of the worst high school dropout rates in Michigan, but a potential charter school could help remedy that.

The dropout rate for the Lansing School District was 25.47 percent in 2010, the highest of all urban districts in the state, with Detroit and Flint at 19.1 percent and 19.6 percent, respectively, according to the Building Children and Family Initiatives: Community Empowerment Center (BCFI), in Lansing.

The Lansing school board on Thursday unanimously approved a request from BCFI to send a letter to the Michigan Department of Education expressing interest in becoming an authorizer for the BCFI Empowerment Academy, a charter school.

The academy's focus on dropouts would make the program unique among charter schools, said Barbara Roberts Mason, founder of BCFI.

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