A recent article by Matthew Davis in Michigan’s MLive.com sheds light on not only the very serious problems that the city of Detroit is currently dealing with, but also a much wider view of the entire state of Michigan and how private school choice, specifically vouchers, can save the most important thing in the state — the children.
A constitutional ban on vouchers has existed in the state of Michigan since 1970. Even though their students desperately need it, Michigan has yet to come up with any private school choice option.
Michigan had a Student NAEP Performance Rank of 46 out of 50 states in 2011 and as bad as 49 out of 50 states in 2010. The state’s low-income students really need the options that could be available to them through private school choice options such as vouchers.
Governor Rick Snyder has removed the cap on charter schools and started the Education Achievement Authority — Is there is a desire by both the governor and the people of Michigan to have greater educational choice and reform?
Private school choice would give Michigan families the choice in schools that their children need and improve the quality of teachers, school and overall education through the increased competition between schools.