Republicans Want To Let Failing Schools Become Independent

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, (R) Rochester, and Sen. Wayne Kuipers, (R) Holland, unveiled a plan today that would allow failing public schools to become "independent" schools in order to turn things around.

Kuipers insisted these would not be "charter" schools, but rather independent schools with heavy accountability from the state. Parents and teachers would have to vote to turn the schools into independent schools, and the schools could be sponsored by a number of institutions, like mayors, universities or the State Board of Education.

Tune into News 10 at 5 and 6 for more on this plan.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    If we made all schools to work like business, it will create better schools because of competition.
  • by Judy Location: Haslett on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    How would this turn these schools around? I have seen the MEAP scores for charter schools and most are not good. Just because they accountable to the State and an institution does not guarantee that they will not do as poorly as they have been doing. We should not necessarily emulate the charter school model.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    This will never work, it makes too much sense.
  • by Theresa Location: Owoso on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    I think it is a good idea! I hear on the news it seems like daily how parents do not want the school his or her child attends to close, this would be a a win win foreveryon e
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