DPS Renaissance 2012 Archive

Detroit Public Schools Renaissance 2012 is a transformative plan to restructure academically failing or low-enrollment schools and reduce operating costs by seeking local and national charter school operators for select Detroit Public Schools.


DPS is seeking operators to contract with independent charter school boards that will individually govern schools. Under Renaissance 2012, DPS will authorize operators to partner with these boards to help create a system that includes a broad portfolio of school options serving the needs of all students and their parents.

Successful operator proposers are expected to raise academic achievement.

Detroit Public Schools has announced the selection of three charter operators with proven records of raising student achievement to run five new charter schools beginning in fall 2011 under the district Renaissance 2012 plan.

Following an extremely rigorous bidding and community vetting process, conducted in partnership with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, DPS has selected the following companies:

  • New Paradigm For Education (NPFE), which currently operates Edison Public School Academy, one of Detroit’s top 10 elementary schools, has been chosen as the new operator for Glazer Elementary and Loving Elementary. Edison’s students had an average proficiency of 87 percent in reading and 88 percent in math over the last three years.
  • Global Education Excellence (GEE), which raised student achievement at its existing schools, will operate Edmonson and White.
  • Educational and Management Networks (EMAN), which has significantly raised academic achievement at Oakland International Academy, will operate Hamilton. Oakland International Academy school boasts 95.2 percent proficiency in third grade math and 74.6 percent proficiency in reading, a 19.3 percent increase over reading scores five years ago.


The district selected those proven operators from among 19 local and national organizations that submitted bids to transform 50 schools into DPS-authorized charters as part of the DPS Renaissance 2012 Plan, a transformative plan to engage proven charter school operators and create a portfolio of outstanding schools.

Open Houses will be held for the school communities and their new operators and letters are going home to all parents with information about the new operators.


Background on the Renaissance 2012 Plan

To qualify, DPS sought operators that met the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate at least a 90 percent graduation rate in an existing school or schools;
  • Have a recognized model for academic quality;
  • Have at least 75 percent of students show proficiency on state math exams;
  • Have at least 75 percent proficiency on state reading exams;
  • Have experience in urban educational settings with more than 500 students;
  • Have a willingness to hold conversations with communities surrounding each school.




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