Twenty-five years. That’s how long it’s been since Michigan’s charter school law was first enacted. That’s a quarter century of schools that put student needs first. Schools producing results that matter. Schools thriving under the toughest accountability of any public school in Michigan—or even across the U.S.
by Jared Burkhart
Charter schools are sometimes a mystery to people outside of the charter school world. We have all been in conversations where someone just doesn’t quite understand the impact we make daily.
I believe everyone should keep these essential facts in mind:
The story in this week’s New York Times on charter schools in Michigan represents advocacy journalism at its most biased and inflammatory. Not only does the story blatantly misstate many of the facts about Michigan’s charter public school sector and the institutions that authorize them, it also willfully takes the entire story out of context, misrepresenting the broader picture of school improvement and growth statewide.
There is an expression that rings true throughout the entire world. It is that actions have consequences. What you do, or fail to do, today will impact your tomorrow. Students who don’t study will fail classes. Employees who don’t work will face repercussions at work.
How can we know this? We know it because that is how the world works. You take a test, you earn the consequences of your performance. Students across the globe understand and work with it every day. So do adults and businesses, only the stakes are typically much higher.