What others are saying:
"Everyone should be wary of the fact that these new ideas have been forged by Lansing lawyer Richard McLellan, a former official in the administration of Gov. John Engler and the cofounder of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, who has long been a proponent of a voucher system, which would send public money to private schools."
- Detroit Free Press editorial (11/20/12)
- "The legislation would essentially open up the state to creation of an unlimited number of schools run by for-profit charter outfits, businesses, universities and just about anyone else, with the use of money that now funds public school districts."
- Lansing State Journal (11/25/12)
- "The proposal says nothing about accountability–that, apparently, is only for public schools. Are the people of Michigan ready to abandon public education?"
- Diane Ravitch, national education expert and Professor of Education at New York University
- "A plan to overhaul Michigan's public education funding system came under sharp scrutiny as educators, state lawmakers and parents got their first glimpse at the proposed changes."
- Detroit News (11/20/12)
- "This is a complete shifting away from students being educated and opening the door for the complete privatization of education. The way this bill is set up, a Meijer or Walmart could open a school."
- Gary Murrell, Associate Superintendent, Garden City Public Schools