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District voters approved these funds for financially stretched public schools – a new bill would transfer it to failing for profit charter schools. Corporate welfare at its sleeziest.

Diane Ravitch’s blog

If ever you want evidence that Betsy DeVos bought and paid for the legislature in Michigan, consider the decision just made by the State Senate to take money approved by voters for their public schools and give it to charter schools. More than 80% of the state’s charters operate for profit. They get worse results than the state’s public schools. The state has minimal expectations or accountability for charter schools. Why are they getting more money?

“The Michigan Senate passed a controversial bill Wednesday that will allow charter schools in the state to collect revenues from enhancement millages levied by intermediate school districts.

“Republicans said the bill would treat all students — whether they attend traditional public schools or charter schools — fairly, but Democrats said the legislation was stealing money that voters approved for traditional public schools and shifting those funds to charter schools.

Source: Michigan: State Senate Steals Money from Public Schools and Gives It to State’s Failing Charter Industry

7 thoughts on “Michigan: State Senate Steals Money from Public Schools and Gives It to State’s Failing Charter Industry

    • Sure, legislation can be challenged in court; but, in this era of judicial politicization, the outcome depends on the ideologies of judges. In Michigan, like most of the U.S., conservatives hold much more institutional power.

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