Want better Michigan schools? Think vouchers

Monday, August 18, 2014

That’s not stopping the State Board of Education and Superintendent Mike Flanagan from focusing intently on charter schools—even though their job is overseeing all public schools in Michigan.

Earlier this week, Flanagan put 11 of Michigan’s 40 charter school authorizers on notice, saying they could lose their ability to charter additional schools if they don’t improve their “deficiencies” by the end of October. And the Democratic majority on the State Board sent a long to-do list to the Legislature related to tightening rules on charters.

That’s a boon to the teachers unions that helped elect these board members and hate charter schools, but it won’t do much to improve the education landscape. And don’t expect the GOP-controlled Legislature to fall in line.

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