The New York Times ran a story about Detroit. The city is recovering from bankruptcy, but school choice has bankrupted its schools. The story is told in human terms. Your learn about a family trying to find a good fit for its four children. They move from charter to charter, full of disappointment as hopes are dashed. They are besieged by hype and gifts for recruiting, but the realities of too many schools from which to choose means that no school is very good. This is a cautionary tale. Detroit has the lowest achieving children in the nation. Ten percent of its children graduate at ‘college ready’.
Michigan has less charter regulation than Florida. Charters proliferate whether or not they succeed academically. Eighty percent of its charters are run by for-profit companies. The fight with each other to get students. By last winter, Detroit schools were bankrupt. The legislature agreed to help, but it refused to support regulations to manage charter growth.