State of Michigan Archives: on Education
Mandatory school choice for every school; remove boundaries
School funding should follow the student. This includes mandatory school choice for every public school district.
Providing open access to a quality education without boundaries is essential. We must minimize all state and local barriers that hinder innovation at the local level.
Source: 2011 Michigan gubernatorial press release, "Special Message"
Apr 27, 2011
Abolish Department of Education; parents direct education
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, jackformichigan.org, “Issues”
May 2, 2008
- I am opposed to federal spending on public education. The Department of Education should be abolished.
- I am a supporter of local control over community schools.
The best schools are those controlled by the parents and their designated board and administrators at each local district.
- I support the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and education of their children.
Expand public school choice; lift cap on charters
Support for public schools, including charter schools, remains strong. It would be a tragedy if an artificial cap blocked Michigan from sharing in the new $3 billion Charter School Homestead Plan proposed by the President. So tonight, I renew my
call to lift the cap. The cap must go.
It is time to allow teachers’ unions to operate charter schools. The unions that represent classroom teachers are uniquely qualified to run schools. Let’s tear down the barriers and expand public school choices.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature
Jan 31, 2001
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