Michigan Charter Schools Attempt Millage-Pillage & 20 Years of Arizona School Carpetbagging

And from the “Ain’t It Ironic” department… Charter schools in Michigan decided they want a level playing field. “We have ten percent of our students who attend charter schools in my county,” said bill sponsor Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “And I feel like it’s an equity issue.” (link) The GOP leaders aren’t satisfied with just dipping their corporate bills into state per-pupil funding (with far less oversight needed than traditional schools), they now want a piece of local districts’ property tax millage. Michigan Senate Bill 574 proposes a handy crossed-out edit of the 1976 law… It’s just one little edit–few would notice or even really grasp the big deal.  And it’s one way to fix a “broken system,” much like repairing your car by removing a tire.  But Randy Liepa of Wayne RESA responds… “Charter schools by and large don’t have to pay into the retirement system for their teachers. Typically they don’t… Read More…