Thomas Pedroni, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, quoted in Chalkbeat, "Charter schools in Detroit open at a slower rate as leaders focus on improving ‘quality’"Return to news listing
Charter schools in Detroit open at a slower rate as leaders focus on improving ‘quality’
By Koby Levin
One charter school will expand in Detroit this fall and another is slated to open its doors for the first time, a muted end to a decade that began with an unprecedented rush to create new schools in the city. Some charter authorizers — the people who decide whether charter schools can open in Michigan — see a trend. Critics complained for years that the city needed better schools — not more schools. New charters, they said, pitted schools against each other in a competition for the more than $7,500 in state funding that comes with each student, forcing schools to waste precious dollars on recruitment. Some advocates would like to see Detroit follow the example set by cities like New Orleans, where a central authority determines where and when schools can open. But an attempt to create a similar system in the city drew the objection of the charter school movement and was voted down. “A large factor is that charters have lost their sheen, in part because of the charter scandals that have rocked Michigan and other states, and in part because they haven’t produced the results they promised,” Tom Pedroni, an education professor at Wayne State University, said.