Rural Education Matters to Testify in Lansing

By Jennifer Jarosz
On September 7th 2011, Michigan Senator Phil Pavlov, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, introduced an education reform bill to empower parents, prioritize children, and lift the cap on charter schools. Rural Education Matters is scheduled to testify on October 12th 2011 in front of the House of Representatives Education Committee, on behalf of the Charlton Heston Academy and our community. At our September meeting, our board voted to reserve a charter bus to allow our supporters the opportunity to attend the hearing and show their support of our efforts in creating the Charlton Heston Academy. We have received a few private donations to offset the cost of the bus and allowing more parents to attend that may not have otherwise been able to afford the $25.00 charge per person. We also decided that students would ride free, when accompanied by an adult, after all this is for them! If you are interested in helping with a donation, or joining us, please contact me via email at and I will provide the exact details for you.
As a reminder, we are looking for anyone interested in joining any of our six committee‘s that we developed to work on for our school development and improvement plan. Let us not forget we are developing this school around the needs of our children and putting them first.
September was a busy month, as we had a booth set up at the Fireman Memorial‘s Family Night, and a booth at the Community Expo in St. Helen. We are continuously educating people about what a charter school is and looking for support from around the community. We thank all that have stopped by our booths, joined our mailing list and wished us success in our endeavors‘.
Our next meeting is October 5th, at the Richfield Township Hall 7:00pm.

Reprinted with permission of The FISH Newspaper October 2011 issue