August 14th, 2014
Education Department Associate Professor Steve Wellinski says many
charter schools poach students from public schools. That costs districts
state per-pupil funding for each student lost.
It isn't the first time Wellinski and the union representing EMU faculty has raised concerns about the school's involvement in K-12 education initiatives.
The EMU-chapter of the American Association of University Professors has repeatedly called on Administration and the Board of Regents to sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority.
Governor Rick Snyder's administration created the EAA to take over the
lowest performing districts in Michigan, with a mandate to enact rapid
The EAA is also on State Superintendent Mike Flanagan's
list of organizations that may have its charter school authorization
privileges suspended. Will that inflame an already touchy issue when
classes begin in September? Wellinski hopes faculty will act as a force
of positive change, "Lot of talk about what we do to help public
schools. I certainly don't want this to be against charter schools, I'd
rather be more pro-active of what we do to safeguard public schools."
of that will be to make a difference in November. Wellinski says it
will be important to inform voters that Governor Rick Snyder, and
certain lawmakers, is selling out public schools. EMU-AAUP President
Howard Bunsis seconds the sentiment.