Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s high dollar contributor and current selection for Secretary of Education has supported two decades of charter school growth in Michigan despite evidence that its schools are now ranked near the bottom in the nation in several key metrics.
According to critics, Michigan lacks appropriate charter-school regulations that have left its poorest citizens at the mercy of private, for-profit charter operators who have failed these communities. Their proliferation has also diverted financial support for neighborhood schools at a time when the decline of auto industry jobs and tax base further limited available state funds. The results in some charter schools are so disappointing that even some supporters of school choice are critical of the state’s policies.
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