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Posted on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 2:10 p.m.

Rebekah Warren to discuss impact of charter school and cyber school expansion at town hall

By Ryan J. Stanton

State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, will host a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the impact of the proposed expansion of charter schools and cyber schools in Michigan.

The event includes a panel discussion with education representatives on student achievement in both charter and traditional public schools, private for-profit education management organizations, and the impact of charter and cyber schools on funding for public schools.


Rebekah Warren

Warren is expected to be joined by David Arsen, professor of K-12 educational administration at Michigan State University; Jim Berryman, a former state senator and Michigan Education Association Uniserv director; and Gary Miron, professor of evaluation, measurement and research at Western Michigan University.

The title of the event is “Eliminating the Cap on Charter Schools: A Look at the Impacts on Public Education in Michigan."

It's expected to last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive.

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Chase Ingersoll

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 10:53 p.m.

Representatives like Warren have a strange set of priorities: Priority #1. granting women unlimited, taxpayer financed CHOICE to kill their fetus. Priority #2: limit a mothers ability to CHOOSE where they will educate their child. Is there a more perfect example of hypocrisy?


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 10:41 p.m.

Mothers can always choose where their children go to school by moving to another district, or by paying private school tuition.


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 6:08 a.m.

"Is there a more perfect example of hypocrisy?" Depend. Does the Michigan GOP look in the mirror or did they cut those too?


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 7:20 p.m.

treetowncartel - just because there are plenty of choices in Ann Arbor, does not mean Split Rock, MI has the ability to provide gifted children stimulation in class. On-line schooling (including but not limited to Michigan Virtual High School) are important to equal opportunity for students in Michigan. All - As to the theme of the discussion - Public Schools are good, anything else is bad. This will be an MEA pep rally.


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 10:38 p.m.

As opposed to the prevailing Republican opinion that charter schools are good, and public schools are bad.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 9:13 p.m.

I understand there are opportunities to use the internet for learning, but I am of the opinion that social skills are the most important to develop in children. The day that we get to having recess online is definitely a sad one for me.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Yeah, we need to be a northern Alabama, where the privates are the only good schools. Oh, by the way, we need to cut taxes more to reach this goal.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

I can't believe we are even considering on-line schools. Socialization is the most important thing a kid learns at school.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 7:07 p.m.

Sorry comrade, socialization cuts down on production. Keep up and move along.