The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers today issued a letter to members of the State Board of Education, detailing key facts about their work and describing their partnership with the Michigan Department of Education. The letter follows last month’s Board comments reflecting a general misunderstanding of the state’s public charter school oversight structure.
“While the names of several charter public schools appear on this listing, it is important to note this is the third pass through Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. Many of the state’s worst schools already have partnerships agreements in place,”
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.
“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.”