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Mon Jun 18, 2012, 06:55 PM

 

Another Charter School District in Michigan

Highland Park school district goes charter

Another Michigan public school district has chosen to sell its schools to the lowest charter company bidder. Highland Park school district will become the second charter school district, following the lead of Muskegon Heights schools.

According to Joyce Parker, Highland Park schools Emergency Manager, turning the school district over to a charter school management company is the only way to allow students to attend school in the fall. Facing an $11.3 million deficit, the Governor declared a financial emergency in January.

As in Muskegon Heights, the current district will exist only in a financial sense to pay off the debt. The new charter school management company will use state funding to provide educational programs for students.

Bids will be going out this week with plans to have a management company in place by mid-July.
Two charter school companies vie for Muskegon Heights schools

By the end of this week, Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency Manager Don Weatherspoon will have sold the entire school district to one of two for-profit charter school management companies--Leona Group or Mosaica Education. It's an unprecedented move to eliminate the district's $12.4 million debt and it signals the end to traditional public education for more than 1,400 students in Muskegon Heights.

The current school district would no longer exist, but would still have to pay off the debt using its local millage, a 3 percent fee from the charter school company, rent from its buildings and whatever other means the state Department of Education and Treasury approve. The charter school would be in charge of educating children and receive the district's $7,397 per-pupil funding, but the school district would oversee the operations of the charter school company.

http://www.mea.org/two-charter-school-companies-vie-muskegon-heights-schools

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Starry Messenger Jun 2012 #1
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proud2BlibKansan Jun 2012 #5
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Thav Jul 2012 #8
TruthTeller Jul 2012 #7

Response to MichiganVote (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 07:02 PM

1. Fuck.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 07:19 PM

2. If you're a teacher, better pack it in and leave Michigan if you can.

 

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 07:24 PM

3. I am, but in CA.

I think they are using MI as "beta-testing" though.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 07:48 PM

4. definitely

 

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:11 PM

5. Michigan, Louisiana and Tennessee

I have a friend from college who teaches in Tennessee. They have to turn in 40-50 pages of data every week. Lesson plans, test scores, attendance data, parent contact files. . .

She said it takes HOURS to do this. And the time she spends filling out the lesson plan template is longer than the lesson itself.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:17 PM

6. I can't believe anyone really reads that stuff.

It's busy-work foisted on teachers to just keep them demoralized, imo.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 10:41 AM

8. It's all about the data.

They want fancy graphs, data points, and charts to present why they need more money. That way they can go to the state with all their data and show how much of a difference they're making, and hope their data will blind them to falling teacher morale and mediocre test scores.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 03:00 PM

7. help us in Michigan

I am in MI and looking for another state. Yes we are a test case. Maybe I need a new country to live. Any ideas? I am beat and tired of fighting. It is miserable here.

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