Warren wants ban on for-profit schools in Michigan


As part of testimony before the House Education Committee, a charter school principal read a letter signed by more than 150 charter school principals, superintendents, and teachers who wanted to set the record straight regarding SB 618, legislation to lift the cap on charter schools.

Despite established research to the contrary (www.greatlakescenter.org ), the letter claimed that charter schools perform better than traditional public schools; accept students of all levels; and do a much better job of educating students even though they get less school aid per pupil. Authors of the letter maintain that their focus is on children, not grown-ups.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) will be introducing a constitutional amendment banning for-profit schools in Michigan. Warren said her proposal isn’t meant to end charter schools, just to make sure they operate as non-profit entities.

“Already in Michigan, four out of five charter schools are operated by private, for-profit education management organizations,” said Warren. “Adding a GOP proposal to lift the cap on charter schools would lead to even more for-profit schools in Michigan. Allowing these organizations to continue profiting off the backs of our children is unacceptable.”