Sunday, July 20, 2014

Two Michigan stories

Perhaps there's a connection somewhere.

First there's this previously mentioned story from the Detroit Free Press:

A yearlong Free Press investigation of Michigan's charter schools found wasteful spending, conflicts of interest, poor performing schools and a failure to close the worst of the worst. Among the findings:

 Charter schools spend $1billion per year in state taxpayer money, often with little transparency.

 Some charter schools are innovative and have excellent academic outcomes — but those that don't are allowed to stay open year after year.

 A majority of the worst-ranked charter schools in Michigan have been open 10 years or more.

 Charter schools as a whole fare no better than traditional schools in educating students in poverty.

 Michigan has substantially more for-profit companies running schools than any other state.

 Some charter school board members were forced out after demanding financial details from management companies.

 State law does not prevent insider dealing and self-enrichment by those who operate schools.
And now this:
Detroit Public Schools EM shifts funds from classroom
By Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni

Many of us are shocked to learn that DPS plans to cut costs in the coming year by further increasing class sizes. Already at an unmanageable target of 38 per classroom in grades 6 through 12, Emergency Manager Jack Martin’s fiscal year 2015 budget allows class sizes in those grades to expand to 43. 

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