Michigan Republicans Plan to Privatize Teaching

Friday, September 2, 2011

Senate Republicans are reportedly preparing legislation that would allow schools to privatize instructional services.

The Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals reports that Senate Education Committee chair Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) is preparing an education reform package that would allow school districts to hire teachers through a private company and avoid expenses associated with union jobs.

?I look at it as offering options,? Pavlov said. ?If there is something out there that can offer school officials the same options at a lower cost, schools need to take a look at that. It needs to part of the conversation on reform.?

Pavlov said he?s still ironing out the details on the language of a bill, but it is slated to be part of a package that also includes lifting the cap on state university-chartered public academies and creating a mandatory school of choice program for the state.

The privatization piece would require teachers from a private firm to have all of the same qualifications as current instructors. The difference would be that school districts could take bids for instructional services once an existing contract expires.

The Michigan Education Association says the planned legislation will allow for-profit businesses to take over the state?s public schools.

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