Education Policy Director Mike Van Beek will participate in a forum to discuss Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to increase school choice statewide, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“I think there are a lot of details to work out,” Van Beek told the Free Press, adding that schools should improve if they have to compete for students. “Anything that expands options is a good thing.”

Rep. Tim Bledsoe, D-Grosse Pointe, and Brendan Walsh, a Grosse Pointe board of education member, both oppose the plan and will also participate in the forum. The Grosse Pointe Public School District, which borders Detroit, spends about $8,000 a year on private investigators to verify students’ enrollment eligibility, the Free Press reported.

The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Brownell Middle School, 260 Chalfonte Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms.


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