In the 1960s, a group of non-public school leaders met with Michigan Catholic Conference staff to discuss educational issues such as auxiliary services for private school students, bus transportation, vouchers, shared time and education. During these meetings, the seeds were sown for the formation of the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) in 1972. Non-public school leaders found at that time, as well as today, there is legislative strength in numbers. One of the group's first successes was playing an instrumental role in passage of the Auxiliary Services Act – an act which to this day provides health, remedial and psychological services to non-public school students.
MANS convenes Christian educational leaders from multiple faith traditions to:
- Advocate for and empower faith-based administrators toward excellence
- Advocate for faith-based schools with public policy makers
- Raise visibility, value, and awareness of faith-based schools
- Provide resources for quality instruction and managerial practice that enhance faith-based education
MANS is recognized as the essential voice advancing equity and excellence for all of Michigan’s faith-based, Christ-centered schools.