DeVos charter school-gambled with Michigan children, and everyone lost

Please read and share this message from PAA Board member Steven Norton, executive director of Michigan Parents for Schools, who wrote…

t I wanted to make sure parent activists from all over saw this article:
“Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.” New York Times Magazine
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/magazine/michigan-gambled-on-charter-schools-its-children-lost.html

To understand what Betsy DeVos brings with her to Washington, you need to understand the fight we’ve been having in Michigan over school “choice” developed explicitly to cause local public schools to bleed out.

The legal and institutional context is different (and unusual) in Michigan, but this article helps lay out how DeVos and her allies helped both to construct that context and then enact laws which used that context to injure local public districts, undercut public faith in local public schools, and turn that into a downward spiral.

The fight here is quite literally over the continued existence of community-governed public education. THIS is the agenda Mrs DeVos and her allies have brought to the nation’s capitol. And they are willing to play a very long game.

Steve Norton
Michigan Parents for Schools

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