Whitmer Says Governor's Proposed School Aid Plan is a Disaster Waiting to Happen
Lansing – In response to a draft plan released today by the Oxford Foundation on behalf of Governor Snyder that would replace Michigan's public education system with a voucher plan, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer issued the following response:
“The Kalamazoo Promise a national example of how reinvesting in our local schools has created unequaled success for the city, its schools and its students, yet instead of modeling a statewide program after it, the Governor has done the exact opposite and his latest voucher plan would simply end public schools as we know them.
“Instead of looking forward, his plan goes back to the past and would enact nearly the same voucher system that Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2000. It would create fiscal uncertainty for every single school in the state and only succeed in lining the pockets of the CEOs running for-profit corporate schools. ‘Schools, Inc.' is a disaster waiting to happen.
“The Senate Democrats are instead focused on real education reform like the Michigan 2020 Plan that would not only result in a renewed investment in our local schools but would pave the way for all of our graduates to have access to a college education and provide Michigan with the most well educated workforce found anywhere in the nation.”