Robert J. Wittmann is President of TEACH Michigan Education Fund, a Lansing-based organization which conducts major reserach and public educational projects pertaining to schools-of-choice in Michigan. He is co-author of Rebuilding America's Schools (Heartland Institute, Chicago, 1990) and has served as a consultant to numerous state educational reform efforts. He has a BSBA degree in finance and accounting and has done graduate work in philosophy and theology.

By Robert Wittmann

Charter Schools in Michigan: Unfinished Business

Michigan's recent charter school legislation, a well-intentioned effort to introduce market forces into public education, suffers from stifling rules and regulations. … more

When Local Control Means Control by Locals

The Michigan Education Association claims to support more local control and site-based management but opposes charter schools and choice. … more

Charter Schools as Catalysts for Change

Charter schools can transform the culture of public education into opportunities to do things better. Other states have shown they can inspire new ways of thinking about education. … more

Michigan's Experiment with Public School Choice: A First Year Assessment

In 1991, the state of Michigan required each of the state's 563 school districts to devise intra district choice plans by April 1992. Wittmann and DeVore examine those plans and conclude that what could have been a bold new beginning for school reform in Michigan turned out to be a largely unproductive extension of the status quo. Genuine choice, competition and accountability in education require far more fundamental changes that will break the monopoly of the public education establishment and create a real marketplace for education. 57 pages. … more

Let's Get Serious About Educational Choice

Irregular school board and bond election dates confuse voters, decrease turnout, and enable narrow special interests to unduly influence public school governance. Consolidating all school elections on the November ballot would alleviate these problems. … more

Back to the Drawing Board for Schools-of-Choice

What once offered the hope of dramatic reform has now become simply another burdensome state mandate to local school officials; genuine choice requires more fundamental measures than what the legislature authorized in 1991. … more