Michigan’s charter public school authorizers are excited about this effort to bring transparency to all public school outcomes. While more information is available than ever before, it’s often not very easy for everyone to understand and interpret. We believe it is essential to start with the basics.
“For two decades, Michigan charter schools have been out-pacing their traditional partners in student achievement while receiving less in student funding. While we welcome fresh research and appreciate that the report recommends funding all student fairly regardless of their educational choices, we also know it is a fact that true academic achievement matters more than money and that more money doesn’t automatically result in academic achievement.”
“The IFF study is useful and informative as Michigan authorizers work to interpret both the demand for and performance of charter public schools across Detroit. Data that supports and furthers our understanding of where educational needs are greatest is something we always welcome and support.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jared Burkhart, 517-403-8533
Nov. 30, 2017
The following is a public statement from Jared Burkhart, Executive Director of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers regarding the unveiling of a new package of bills directed at the state’s charter public education sector.
“Today’s bill introductions reveal two very troubling issues: a willingness to make the learning of Michigan schoolchildren a wholly partisan issue, and a general ignorance of current education law.
“Using our state’s public K–12 system for political gain is an unconscionable act. It objectifies students, families, and educators and assaults their personal freedom to choose their own schools. At a time when business and education leaders recognize it’s ‘all hands on deck’ to build the talent pipeline Michigan urgently needs, these changes are not productive—they are an insult.
“Worse still, the provisions of these bills are unnecessary, as many of them already have been codified into law. It would be wise for Democrats in the Legislature to take time to read to the Revised School Code so they, too, can understand the rigorous statutory environment in which all Michigan schools—charters included—must operate.
“There is one group of public schools and one group only that embraces accountability and that group is charter public schools. If these lawmakers were serious about improving education they would look to charters as an example, not a political punching bag.”
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