According to the latest reports, the emergency manager in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, proposes to kill off public education and replace the public schools with charter schools. The reason for this is that Muskegon Heights has a debt of $12 million. So the emergency manager figures that it is best to replace all the public schools with privately managed schools.
This looks like bankruptcy. After the public schools are closed, the new charters will have private management.
Now, if you accept the fact that the overwhelming majority of studies show that charter schools do not provide better education or even better test scores than public schools, then it is inescapable that this move has nothing to do with the best interests of the children.
If you accept the fact that the debt remains and must be paid by the taxpayers of Muskegon Heights.
Then what exactly is the reason for closing down public education in Muskegon Heights?
Is it about abrogating the contracts of unionized workers and making them all at-will? How will that save millions of dollars?
Can anyone explain?