Charter schools challenge the concept that our long-standing traditional public school system is the best fit for every student and every family. In doing so, charters are also challenging curriculum, facilities setup, management style and more.
Inherently, charters thrive under principles of flexibility and autonomy, which inherently position them as a hot-button issue for political leaders on both sides of the isle.
Now more than ever, charter schools are used as a political test by political contributors. Too many times, to effectively run in a Democratic seat as a lawmaker, there is an unspoken requirement that you will take a stand and oppose charter schools. Yet we know that in Michigan, charter schools are widely supported by various parent demographics.