Talking Points

 

  • There is no research to support the notion that these so-called “reforms” will improve education or raise student achievement. These concepts are more founded in rhetoric than research.  For example, there is no credible academic research that shows charters schools perform better than traditional neighborhood schools -- in fact, the research shows that many charters underperform their neighborhood counterparts.

  • This package of bills destroys the concept of neighborhood schools which, in many cases, are the backbone of a community. Neighborhood schools serve as a unifying force for communities. They also are a draw for businesses and families which encourage economic growth in the community.

  • Worsening the impact of the over $1 billion cut from public education earlier this year, these bills will siphon even more dollars away from neighborhood schools. Schools are already struggling because of the lack of resources -- more charters, cyber schools, back-door school vouchers and outsourcing will starve neighborhood schools even more.

  • Lansing politicians are taking control away from local school districts and taxpayers and putting it in the hands of private businesses and corporations out to make a profit. The privatization of our public schools robs communities and taxpayers of any voice in the management of their own schools.
  • Outsourcing teachers isn’t reform -- it’s education by the lowest bidder. There is nothing to show that privatization does anything to improve the quality of education or student achievement. Decisions about curriculum, best practices and, most importantly, who is teaching our children will be dictated by an outside, for-profit company who does not know the students, the community or the school district.  And outsourcing these jobs will mean less money flowing into local economies -- instead, those funds will go to pad the corporate bottom line.

  • Countless surveys have shown that communities value their neighborhood schools. Taxpayers are willing to spend the money to support their local school district, but with these bills, their money will be used to fund the education of private school students or non-residents.