June 1, 2016
Dear Members of the State Senate and the House of Representatives:
We write today to share our concern over the chronic educational problems in Detroit’s public schools and the plans before you to help improve them. Improving the quality of all schools in Detroit is a goal we all share. Every Detroit student must have access to a quality, open-enrollment public school for the city of Detroit and our state to achieve its greatest potential. In order to realize world class education in Michigan, particularly Detroit, the solution must be guided by these actionable principles:
Sadly, some of the plans before you fall short of this goal. More specifically, we strongly oppose the creation of a Detroit Education Commission that will hamper educational choice and create an additional educational bureaucracy ripe for political capture. Parents, not politicians, should be empowered to make choices for their children, and allocating significant authority to such a political entity is a threat to every parent and student selecting the best school for their learning needs.
Though we oppose some of the proposals, we remain committed to being part of the solution. The above principles have guided our state’s reforms in the past and we believe they have a solid record of producing positive results for Michigan’s students. But we also believe more needs to be done, specifically;
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working with you on this important issue and respectfully ask that you join us in opposition to the creation of a Detroit Education Commission.
The Coalition Opposed to the Detroit Education Commission