César Chávez Academy ¡Si Se Puede!
Dear parents, guardians and friends:
We are happy to announce that César Chávez Academy will be expanding next Fall 2013! Ms. Adasina Philyaw was selected to become school leader of our newest K-5 campus which will be located on Detroit’s eastside. Ms. Philyaw is a former teacher at the Academy for Business and Technology in Dearborn, and most recently, a federal and state grants compliance coordinator for the Leona Group serving several Detroit schools. We are privileged to have her as our newest school leader at CCA! Please extend to her a warm Aztec Eagle embrace!
The César Chávez Academy district has grown considerably over the past six years to include over 2,200 students in grades K-12 at four campuses located all in Southwest Detroit. The addition of our new campus on Seminole Street will mark the first time the Leona Group will manage an academy on Detroit’s east side. Next fall, CCA will become the largest charter school in the State of Michigan with enrollment over 2,500 students in grades K-12.
We are also happy to report that our César Chávez Academy district remains fiscally solvent and responsible to Michigan taxpayers. Year-after-year, the Leona Group presents a balanced budget to the CCA board of directors. Currently, there are 11 traditional school districts in Michigan that are expected to emerge from deficit by June 20, 2013. There are also 25 public school districts that will end the fiscal year with a reduced deficit, however,
these districts will remain in a deficit mode! There are also 13 school districts, including one charter school, that will end the fiscal year with a larger deficit. Finally, there are three traditional school districts that began the school year with a positive fund balance but are expected to slip into deficit. Some of these districts are being considered for State takeover if their financial situation does not improve. In each situation described above, districts are vacating school buildings, laying-off teachers and staff, reducing pay, eliminating programming for students, and creating general financial instability. This financial scenario is not the case at CCA.
We are confident that the State will address funding shortfall for schools in next year’s budget so that education becomes a fully-funded experience for all stakeholders.
**Information provided by Tim Martin on Mlive