Celebrating 30 Years of Charter Schools

On September 7, 1992, the first charter school in America opened its doors to families in Minnesota. Thirty years later, approximately 12.3 million children across the country have attended a charter public school.

Come explore the past, present, and future of charter public schools with a panel of Michigan education pioneers and special guest Ember Reichgott Junge, the former Minnesota state senator who authored the nation's first charter school law.

Date: October 12, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Location: Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU's Grand Rapids Pew Campus (401 Fulton Street W., Grand Rapids, MI. 49504)

Cost: Free

Register for "Celebrating 30 Years of Charter Schools: Origins, Facts, and the Future"


About Ember Reichgott Junge

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Ember Reichgott Junge

Former Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge is author of Minnesota’s 1991 first-in-nation charter school law, member of the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame, and founding board chair of a Minnesota charter school. She is also co-founder of the National Charter Schools Founders Library.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of chartering she wrote her award-winning candid historical memoir, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story.

She is an international spokesperson for charter public schools, including presentations on messaging, advocacy, origins, and board governance in 34 states, Guam, Canada and India. She is board vice chair of Maryland-based Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC), copublisher of Zero Chance of Passage.

A nonprofit attorney, Ember She received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and MBA from St. Thomas University. She is also a broadcast political commentator, competitive ballroom dancer, and co-founder of the nonprofit that brings Dancing Classrooms of Mad Hot Ballroom fame to Minnesota fifth and eighth graders.


Event Sponsors

This event is presented in partnership by the GVSU Charters Schools Office, the National Charter Schools Institute, and the National Charter Schools Founders Library



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