Comings and goings

CPS is reorganizing its regional office structure to provide more supervision and support to schools. Six regional offices will be subdivided into 24 area instructional offices. An area instructional officer (AIO) will head up each new unit and will be responsible for providing academic support to schools and principals and principal evaluations. Each office will also be staffed with a management support director, who will handle transportation and interaction with parents, and an instructional support team comprised of specialists in reading, math and science, technology and special education.



Charter schools spur public schools. Researchers from Western Michigan University and a Lansing-based consulting group question the quality of the state’s charter schools but say that public schools have become more creative in response to the new competition. Their report is the first major study of Michigan’s charter schools, which were approved in 1995.