I’m genuinely puzzled by the debate.
I’ve read the State Education code. MI is a textbook case for a charter. Yes, there’s some complexity about per-pupil funding in a basic aid district, but it’s not substantially worse than the complexity in a revenue limit district. It won’t divert many resources and the arguments about out-of-district enrollment seem – well a bit xenophobic. I don’t see how an MI charter will meet some Ed Code diversity requirements, but I expect the organizers to take on the challenge and comply with the law.
MI choice seems to me like the worst of all worlds. No curriculum, no textbooks, low community priority. Administrators who are letting their enthusiasm get ahead of their knowledge and experience. Community uproar. Let’s embrace a charter and move on.