Education in Detroit and in Michigan is in crisis. Detroit is consistently ranked as the lowest performing urban district in the nation. Michigan’s student performance has sunk nearly to the bottom of national tests in the past decade.
Education is a crucial investment in children and in the future of our society, but something is terribly wrong in this city and state.
Detroit has been a petri dish for free-market reformers for the past generation. Since 1993, the state has operated on the theory that competition among public schools and privately managed charter schools will lead to rising achievement in both sectors. After nearly 25 years of trying school choice, it is time to admit that the theory was wrong.
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