Bill to lift caps on charter schools in Michigan needs deeper examination
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to state Sen. Rebekah Warren for organizing a most informative Community Town meeting at Washtenaw Community College on Monday, Nov. 7, on current bills before the Michigan Legislature regarding lifting caps on charter schools and related issues.
Although this package of legislation is dubbed the "Parental Empowerment" package, the truth, as explicated by the three panelists, is quite different and much more complex.
Don't take my word for it -- read for yourself the information available online from two of the panelists: Dr. Gary Miron, Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research at Western Michigan University and Dr. David Arsen, Professor of Education Administration and Policy at Michigan State University.
Neither of these gentlemen are enemies of charter schools, but they have done their homework and are cautioning the Legislature to move carefully in this area. For those who care about the future of public education in this state, take time to get informed: