The Detroit Free Press will publish an exposé on Michigan charter schools in a series of stories that began on Sunday and runs through this week.
Charter schools are pushed into communities by politicians backed with big money. In Michigan, Betsy DeVos uses her vast wealth and influence to eliminate public education from the state and nation. She has plenty of help with the Mackinac Center who also push to dismantle public education by attacking the teachers unions.
The Detroit Free Press series needs to spark a national dialogue about education in this country. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has his fingers deep in the charter school pie thanks to his corporate backers. This week of articles about Michigan’s corrupt charter school for-profit industry is an important first step to that dialogue.