LANSING – Senators Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) announced Tuesday (November 29th) that they will introduce a constitutional amendment to ban schools operated by for-profit entities in Michigan. In October, Senate Republicans pushed legislation that would remove Michigan’s cap on charter schools, essentially opening the doors to business run, for-profit schools and increased privatization of teachers and school workers. This constitutional amendment aims to protect children from having their education compromised at the expense of corporate profits.
“Our education institutions should not be guided by a mission statement focused on making a profit,” said Warren. “Michigan’s children deserve to receive an education focused on their success and empowerment – a mission with no room for profits and corporate management.”
Already in Michigan, 4 of 5 charter schools are operated by private, for-profit education management organizations. Allowing these organizations to continue profiting off the backs of our children is unacceptable. The proposed amendment would put an end to for-profit schools, ensuring that the focus of Michigan’s education system remain on providing the best possible education to each child.
“An approach that encourages business to make a profit off educating our children is shameful and will make public schools an endangered species,” said Hopgood. “A quality education is not a commodity simply to be bought or sold. We must take action to prevent our children’s future from being auctioned to the highest bidder.”
Source: News release from Michigan Senate Democrats