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  •  I know this is Macroeconomic in focus... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...but given the GOP House plan for "Expanding Economic Opportunity", I have to inject this:

    Over the past several years, Detroit has become one of the leading cities in the country for charter schools. Last year, 41 percent of all students in Detroit went to a charter school. That’s the second highest percentage of any city in the country.

    In theory, these schools were going to compete for students based on the quality of education they provided.

    But Margaret Trimer Hartley says the reality is a little different.

    "There are all kinds of ways of luring kids and families to schools," she says. "Some of them are above board and some of them are not."

    One of the gimmicks that’s growing in popularity in Detroit: free gift cards to families that enroll (emphasis added).

    Trimer-Hartley says U Prep is not above using gimmicks like this. It’s just expected. But she believes other charter schools operators are out-spending her in marketing.  

    This is one of the weaknesses in Michigan’s wide-open policy on charter school.

    Some charter schools focus on quality. Others focus on marketing. Guess which ones are winning.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:15:25 PM PDT

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