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(MI) What Can We Learn from Michigan Parents Using School Choice?
September 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
An increasing number of Michigan families are exercising choice within the public education system. More than 300,000 students attend either a charter school or another public school across district lines, most often through Schools of Choice. While there has been much debate about how school choice is working in Michigan, the voices of parents seeking educational alternatives have largely not been included in the discussion.
Earlier this year, the Mackinac Center commissioned a survey of more than 800 Michigan parents who exercise public school choice. The survey sought to answer what motivates parents to select a different school, what helps them make the decision, and how satisfied they are with the experience.
As Lansing lawmakers consider how to give families greater access to suitable education options, careful thought should be given to the recorded views of parents and how they fit into the larger body of research on school choice in Michigan.