Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers Issue Statement in response to Senate passing DPS Legislation

For Immediate Release

March 22, 2016

Contact: Jared Burkhart
M: 517-403-8533

Please attribute the following statement to Jared Burkhart, executive director, Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers regarding the Senate DPS Legislation:

“We are stunned and deeply saddened the Michigan Senate would actually pass legislation that will result in fewer choices for Detroit parents and fewer educational opportunities for their children. These bills protect the Detroit Public School System that has long left behind the students of Detroit academically while being financially driven into the ground time after time. The Senate’s late addition of a Detroit Education Commission only resurrects and props up the old failed DPS system.

Seventy-nine percent of Detroit charter schools perform better than DPS schools and that is a primary factor why parents choose charter schools. Those who want to reduce competition from charter schools and preserve DPS are looking out only for themselves and not the children.

The losers are the parents and state taxpayers. This legislation will limit parent’s education choices for their children and continue to throw away taxpayer’s dollars. The winner is the Detroit political system that isn’t interested in making necessary changes to provide a competitive education landscape with accountability. Additional state tax dollars without any real education reform only means the cycle will continue in Detroit.”

 About the Council:

Members of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers seek to advance public school choice and accountability by supporting high-quality oversight and serving as a unified voice for authorizers across Michigan.