Center for Public
The CPSR is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt
organization that seeks to encourage a renewal of public education by:
supporting the growth of teacher-led publicly funded schools --
toward a day when many schools function autonomously, led by their
teachers, and open to any student of an appropriate age.
This goal will be pursued by
The Center offers a voice on school reform that is close to
the practical needs of the school and classroom levelwhere
real parents, students, teachers, and administrators spend their
time. In addition, this voice is free from the burden of
defending "turf" that often constrains established education-related
organizations. This freedom may lead to new thinking about the
nature and place of public education in American life.
The term "school reform" encompasses many aspects of
educational change and controversy, from curricular issues to
financial matters to school dress codes. The most important subset
of reform issues is broadly called "school choice," because
it promises to significantly change the governance of public
education, a change we believe is a necessary precursor for lasting
school improvement to take hold .
The types of "choice" supported by CPSR include
In the cases of alternative, magnet, and charter schools,
lottery-style enrollment is an important requisite. While all of
these forms of choice can--and in some cases do--lead to improvements
in the education of children, they do not necessarily involve teacher-led
schools. It is the position of the Center for Public School
Renewal that a school led by professional teachers--who
are responsible for all major aspects of the operation that school--will
be the most effective form of school organization. Click the
link immediately above for a more complete explanation of this concept.
At the same time, it should not be inferred that CPSR is opposed to
schools that are not led by teachersor the organizations that
support these more traditionally governed schools. The CPSR position
is simply that
A key to making teacher-led schools work requires that the
other two freedoms mentioned in the CPSR motto be in place: Parents
Free to Choose, and Citizens Free to Know. If parents can
easily select (and deselect) schools, and the public knows what goes
on in those schools, an environment will develop where the teachers'
freedom to operate their school will produce the most effective set
of educational activities and experiences for students.
Support for CPSR
Funding for the Center comes from individuals and philanthropic
foundations that support public schools as the principal means by
which most children in the United States should be educated. No funds
from any educational advocacy group will be solicited or accepted.
Click on Join Us for a contribution form.
For more information write or call:
The Center For Public School Renewal
2425 Margaret Dr.
Fenton, Michigan 48430
Board of Directors
Barry McGhan, President
Leonard Thomas, Secretary/Treasurer
Board Resumes(Click Here)
The Center for Public School Renewal was founded by Barry McGhan, a
veteran public school teacher and administrator in Flint, Michigan,
in 1996. In December of that year the Center was officially chartered
as a non-profit organization under the statutes of the State of
Michigan. In 1998, the Center was recognized as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt
organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
The motivation for forming this organization originated in Mr.
McGhan's desire to defend public school educators, especially
teachers, from the drumbeat of undeserved criticism emanating from
largely conservative voices that gained prominence in the 1990's. At
the same time, he recognizes that public education is far from a
perfect institution, and its flaws and failures need to be
acknowledged and addressed. The greatest of these failures is the
failure to provide a high quality education to most poor and minority children.