Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor wannabe: I’d punish charter authorizers that don’t shut down poor schools
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she would not close Detroit’s persistently failing schools if elected governor, and instead would push to financially punish government entities that don’t shut down poor-performing charter schools.
Whitmer said she would take action to penalize public universities, community colleges and other government entities that authorize the creation of taxpayer-supported charters schools if they refused to close bad schools.
“A strong executive could use the power of the budget to ensure that authorizers are scrutinizing and holding charters to high standards,” Whitmer said in an interview with Crain’s. “If you use the power of the office on that side of the budget, where the bulk of the support comes from, you could pressure them into closing bad charters.”