Detroit Free Press, USA Today Publish Letter Dispelling Charter School Myth

Charter schools may not refuse students selectively

Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Education Policy Director Ben DeGrow corrected the myth that charter schools do not serve students with great learning disabilities.

In a letter published in the Detroit Free Press and USA Today, DeGrow explained that Columnist Rochelle Riley was mistaken when she made the claim in one of her columns. Because charter schools are public, they may not refuse students selectively.

About 10% of Michigan charter students have recognized special needs. Extensive research in New York and Denver found the average special-needs family is less likely to choose a charter school at the beginning of a student’s career.

DeGrow added, “It’s time to lay down arms and let families choose.”

Read the full letter to the editor at the Free Press or USA Today.

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