After a short stint as director of CMU's Charter Schools
, Blanche Fraser
is leaving the university for an opportunity to help improve the quality of education on a national scale. Fraser
notified university officials last Tuesday of her
plans to resign effective Feb. 1 and begin work the following day as vice president of development for the Edison Project
, which is based in New York.
The Edison Project
is a private company that manages public schools. Fraser
said the administration was supportive of her
...Fraser said she never expected to be leaving CMU so soon.
"I rented an apartment at CMU and was ready to roll up my sleeves and be there for quite sometime, but you don't always control those kind of opportunities," she
said."It was unexpected, kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Fraser, who began work in the Charter School office Sept. 1, was a former superintendent of the Mount Clemens Community School District for nine years and superintendent of Mount Morris Community Schools for four years. She
also taught at Marshall and Paw Paw public schools
and at Eastern, Oakland and Wayne State universities
. Fraser said she values the time she's spent working with CMU charter schools.
"My experience at the university has been most rewarding," she
said."My career motivation continues to be improving education." Fraser said her decision to leave CMU has nothing to do with the criticism charter schools have faced.
"When I was hired by the university that was a career decision on my part.I knew what the opportunities and challenges of it might be," she
said."This decision is more of extension of that commitment to improve student learning and increasing public school choice." Fraser
proud of the programs that her
office has been working on during the last few months, including the creation of a database and the revision of the application, amendment and reauthorization processes for charter schools.
Above all, Fraser
said, "I feel very the committed to the work that they're doing and I wish them all the best."
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