For students' sake, Michigan must do better on charter schools

Monday, June 23, 2014

Great idea.

Lousy execution.

Twenty years ago, charter school advocates in Michigan promoted independent public schools on two premises: that they would provide quality options for parents in places like Detroit — where the public school system was, even then, abysmal — and that they would introduce competition into the educational marketplace that would force old-line public schools to get better or face closure.

Today? Neither pledge has come true. In fact, neither is even a reasonable pipe dream, because Michigan’s charter law enforces little or no quality control over charter schools. The last two decades have been a raw and unregulated experiment on Michigan children with no accountability for academic performance or the spending of public money.

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