charter schools

Education chairman: Hillsdale College’s charter hopes in Tennessee are ‘shattered’

BY: - July 14, 2022

The chairman of Tennessee’s House Education Administration Committee says Hillsdale College’s plan to operate dozens of charter schools in Tennessee has been “shattered” by comments the conservative Michigan college’s president made about teachers and colleges of education. Rep. Mark White, R-East Memphis, in a Facebook post, vehemently disagreed with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, contending […]

Michigan Democrats push for more transparency for charter schools

BY: - March 14, 2022

Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced sweeping bill packages earlier this month aimed at improving financial accountability and transparency for charter schools and management companies.  Both chambers of the state Legislature put forth identical 11-bill packages, the School Freedom, Accountability, Choice and Transparency (FACT) Act, that would require authorizing organizations that oversee charter […]

Whitmer releases last school from state oversight, but creates some confusion in Muskegon Heights

BY: - July 20, 2021

As of Monday, there are no schools in Michigan under state oversight after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the Muskegon Heights School District from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB).  This marks the first time the district has had local control without state oversight since […]

Education Secretary DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 16, 2020

Updated, 7:06 a.m., 12/16/20 WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying […]

Michigan educators hope Biden admin will turn the page on DeVos policies

BY: - November 14, 2020

Many teachers and educational staff are feeling hopeful for change in education under President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. After nearly four years of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ emphasis on school choice, voucher programs and charter schools, education advocates in Michigan are looking forward to public schools returning to the forefront of the conversation. […]

Michigan teachers not invited to legislative hearing on reopening schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

The state House and Senate Education committees met Wednesday to discuss reopening plans for schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but an important perspective was left out of the conversation — teachers.  Conversations on safe reopening plans, and if in-person learning is a possibility at all this fall, are happening at federal, state and […]

Top Dem calls on DeVos to stop funding private schools with COVID-19 relief money

BY: - May 18, 2020

U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) is calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to abandon her plan to divert emergency education funding toward private school vouchers. The federal support was intended to provide COVID-19 relief for public schools in states that were most affected by the disease. DeVos, a Michigan […]

Whitmer closes schools for 2019-20, districts to decide learning plans

BY: - April 2, 2020

In another action to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that all school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year and is instructing school districts to draft plans and adjust to remote learning. “My No. 1 priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of […]

Pence to talk school choice Tuesday in Wisconsin

BY: - January 28, 2020

It’s a busy week for the Trump/Pence ticket in the Upper Midwest, with Vice President Mike Pence set to talk Tuesday about school choice in Madison, Wis., and President Donald Trump planning to tout his record on trade in Warren on Thursday. Next week, Pence is scheduled to stump in Cumberland County, Pa. Pence was […]

The feds granted millions for Michigan charter schools that never opened. Where did the money go?

BY: - December 14, 2019

A new study from the Network for Public Education shows that 72 Michigan charter schools were granted money through the federal Charter School Program (CSP), but never enrolled a single student. Despite never opening their doors, these schools received $7.7 million from 2006 to 2014.  The Network for Public Education, a New York City-based public […]


Column: Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

BY: - November 25, 2019

With few exceptions, the various Democratic plans for public education share a common theme: more funding, less privatizing. Candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have promised to dramatically increase or triple current federal funding for low-income students and curtail charter school growth. Elizabeth Warren recently went even further, promising to quadruple federal funding […]

A new Michigan education model shows promising signs for students in struggling schools. But can it work long-term?

BY: - November 12, 2019

After two years of a new state approach to struggling schools, a recent study shows it has improved student achievement, giving educators and experts hope. But those schools still face challenges with student outcomes and recruiting highly qualified teachers. The Michigan Partnership Model was designed in 2017 to improve the state’s lowest-performing schools, which serve […]