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Posted on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 : 6:39 p.m.

Ypsilanti charter school's contract won't be renewed

By Paula Gardner

Victory Academy in Ypsilanti Township won't have its contract renewed by the Bay Mills Indian Community, according to a report in the Ypsilanti Courier.

The school, which serves students in grades K-5, is one of four charter schools in Michigan that won't be renewed this year by the Bay Mills Community College.

The principal of the school, based on East Forest Avenue, told the Courier that the school will seek another charter issuer.

The school opened in 2006. It ranks in the bottom 12 percent of public schools in Michigan, based on test scores.

It's run by Global Educational Excellence of Ann Arbor, which runs 10 other charter schools in Michigan and one in Ohio.

Victory Academy has 110 students. Its posted financial data show $2.18 million in revenue and $2.3 million in expenses this school year. It operated at a $94,000 loss in 2010, according to its budgets.

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Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

Seems no one commenting seems to be concerned for the children or the people losing their jobs. Only auto workers and public employee unions get more sympathy when one person gets laid off. Nice.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 4:33 p.m.

The management company for this particular charter school also manages Central Academy, which itself is in the bottom 25% of charter schools in the state. In looking at the list of all schools this company manages, all but 3 are in the bottom 10% of all schools in the state. I'm curious to know why this management company isn't being sanctioned.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:17 a.m.

If this information is true, then why is it tops in Ann Arbor? Remember the article? Reread it. Central has a low turn over rate. Go figure.

Martin Church

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

a better question is why is this info not published for parents to read when deciding which school to send their kids to. it would be nice if once or twice a year someone would publish the list and compassion to other schools of education.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

They will seek another charter issuer. I wonder what issuer will touch this hot potato?


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:16 a.m.

Probably the ones who think they can turn around the failing Detroit schools. Good luck with that white elephant. This is a nightmare for all involved.

Monica R-W

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

Someone who wants that big pool of money flow for 110 students.....


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:41 p.m.

&quot;It ranks in the bottom 12 percent of public schools in Michigan, based on test scores.&quot; To be at the bottom of Michigan denotes a complete failure of the program. Hurry and get your apps into nearby WiHi! I heard the coming year is almost full and the program is very challenging, preparatory and spectacular. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:15 a.m.

O gee....let me spell it out for you. Victory Academy is trying to one up Willow Run because Willow Run is 10 year running for the trophy on failing schools. Victory is trying to turn that around and is failing because they are getting children who are considered cast offs by Willow Run but the parents think otherwise. Same with Ypsilanti. Glad mine is no where near this district.

Amazing Blue

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

What is the ranking of the schools near Victory Academy?

tom swift jr.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:46 a.m.

Could someone explain to me how they bring in $19,818 per student? The typical foundation allowance in Michigan is near $7,000. Where are those revenues coming from?


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 5:33 p.m.

The public portion is around $7,000 per student. But they also get money from fundraisers, donations, parent company, etc.

Amazing Blue

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

It appears that the enrollment numbers in the article are incorrect!


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:41 p.m.

those funds come from the pot that would be funding PUBLIC schools. But we place more value on educating the already well-performing students above educating all students.

average joe

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 12:08 p.m.

And along those lines- If the expenses are $2.3 million for only 110 students in K-5, thats almost $21,000 per student. I would guess that this might be a stumbling block to this school finding another 'charter issuer'.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

oh snap! charters don't fix whats wrong...I&quot;m SHOCKED (not so much). Only reason its being shut down is the finances.


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

@lorie oh snap! Where did it say the ONLY reason for being shut down is the finances? I must have missed that statement somewhere. Being in the bottom 12% of bad public schools in michigan is the only reason one needs to be shut down, and rightly so. Now if it could only be that easy to do with traditional public schools! But nope, unions won't allow that because of money, not because of students education. Oh snap!


Fri, Feb 10, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

Wow. A charter school story about how oversight from the chartering institution actually seems to be working and all the usual suspects are silent. Thank you Bay Mills Community College for doing your job and closing those schools which have not been successful. Please keep up the good work on the others.