Charter School Boards

  • The primary difference between charter public schools and traditional public schools is the governance structure. Charter schools are run by boards whose role is to set policy, maintain the academy’s vision and/or mission, promote educational excellence through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services. They are charged with ensuring that schools comply with their charter and all applicable laws. Academy board members are expected to, among other things, manage resources effectively and in a manner that engenders public trust, ensure effective organizational planning, support and review the performance of the school leader and education service provider, and maintain accountability.

    Academy board members are public officials who are appointed by Detroit Public Schools Community District and swear a constitutional oath of office. All board members must be Michigan residents and U.S. citizens.


Board Member Resources

Contact Information

  • Office of Charter Schools

    Fisher Building, 9th Floor
    3011 W. Grand Blvd
    Detroit MI 48202
    Phone: (313) 873-7927
    Fax: (313) 873-6184

    Dr. Jendayi Gardner
    Executive Director of Charter Schools

    Jacqueline Sims
    Charter Schools Compliance Specialist