Charter School Movement in Michigan Firing Back at Critics

Monday, March 4, 2013

Michigan’s charter school movement is arming itself with data, fighting back against charges its schools are getting too much tax money, not taking special education students and underachieving.

Buoyed by results of a study released in January by Stanford’s prestigious Center for Research on Education Outcomes, the movement’s leaders are gearing up for what’s expected to be a spirited debate about primary and secondary education among state government leaders in the coming months.

“The typical student in Michigan charter schools gains more learning in a year than his traditional public school counterparts, amounting to about two months of additional gains in reading and math,” the CREDO study said.

“These positive patterns are even more pronounced in Detroit, where historically student academic performance has been poor,” the study said. “These outcomes are consistent with the result that charter schools have significantly better results than traditional public schools for minority students who are in poverty.”

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