Old Redford Academy high school, a charter school in Detroit, suddenly fired several staff members, some of whom were “veterans” (i.e., more than one year of experience), without explanation.

The orders came from corporate management, Advanced Educational Staffing. Students wondered how they would earn enough credits to graduate.

Advanced Educational Staffing is a for-profit charter operator. Many of those who have worked there give negative reviews to the corporation and say that the main focus is computer-based standardized testing.


The school, part of a chain, is a low-performing charter. Charters in Michigan do not have to meet accountability standards.

Turmoil, chaos, disruption. It is Michigan, after all, the wholly owned state of Betsy DeVos and her family.