Friday, December 16, 2011

Michigan PTA Statement on Charter School Expansion

December 15, 2011
Michigan PTA Statement on
Michigan Charter School Expansion Vote
Today the Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 618, which removes the cap for Charter Schools in Michigan .  Michigan PTA supports efforts to improve our state’s public education system to provide every child with a quality education.
Michigan PTA is not opposed to Charter Schools or a parent and student’s right to choice.  We are opposed to the creation of Charter Schools that can possibly have a negative impact on our public school system.  Senate Bill 618 lacks accountability to guarantee that new charters opening are run by effective authorizers and operators with track records of success.  We are encouraged to see that this new legislation acknowledges the issue of quality and calls for the development of a work group to examine the issue of quality.
Michigan PTA will continue to advocate for improvements in our state’s public education system.  Every present and future student of Michigan deserves a quality education.  We only get one opportunity at educating a child; we must ensure that the opportunity is not wasted on a game of chance.
Shaton Berry President

Michigan Parent Teacher Association 
1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Phone: 734-975-9500 - Fax: 734-677-2407
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