Last week a plan was unveiled in Detroit to take a third of it’s failing schools and turn them into privately run charter schools. Following the example of New Orleans after Hurricane Katerina, the Motor City will offer a marketplace for privately run charter schools where children will no longer be trapped in troubled and poorly preforming schools.
Detroit has long been plagued by some of the worst schools and lowest test scores in the nation. Of Detroit’s 142 schools, 41 are under consideration for the charter program and could start as soon as this fall. Detroit wants to follow the example of New Orleans where Louisiana officials took control of the New Orleans public school system and turned it from a failing poorly run school environment run by the Louisiana’s Teacher’s union into a charter school system where children are scoring some of the best test scores in the country.