With Betsy DeVos likely the next Secretary of Education, the sharks of the status quo are circling. There is all sorts of misinformation about her home state of Michigan's vibrant charter school movement and whether such schools in Detroit have succeeded or failed in a city that is failing its people on just about everything else.
It's time to set the record straight about one of the pioneers and most successful charter school movements in the nation.
Let's start with student achievement. According to a highly regarded study, in just one year Michigan charter school students earn an additional two months of learning gains over their traditional public school counterparts. For Detroit, charter students get an additional three months of learning in math and reading when compared to their traditional school peers.