Opportunity ripe for a charter do-over

Aug 22, 2014 by

Education policy has evolved over the years in Michigan to mimic the old Chinese proverb: “When you open the window, all the flies can come in.”

The flies have been swarming Michigan’s charter school market.

We need a better screen that allows quality schools in and keeps the lousy ones out, be they traditional or charter. We need to support quality learning, regardless from where it emanates.

Like traditional public schools, charter schools include the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lansing policymakers are not creating opportunities for quality schools to bloom and are shutting the window, trapping far too many kids in failing schools. There ought to be a single quality measuring stick for all public education in Michigan.

A lousy school — one that is not educating children — is a lousy school and should not be able to operate, regardless of whether it is a traditional or charter.

via Opportunity ripe for a charter do-over | Observer and Eccentric Newspapers and Hometown Weeklies | hometownlife.com.

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