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Skubick: Where Does The $1 Billion Spend On Charter Schools Go?

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The Charter School Association is fighting back after a week-long series in a Detroit newspaper, highly critical of the charter school system.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports Governor Snyder is weighing in on the controversy.

The Detroit Free Press spent two years sifting through the data on the charter school system and came away with conclusions, which the head of the Charter School Association did not like.

The paper concluded there is a need for more transparency and accounting for the $1 billion state taxpayers spend on charters.

Dan Quisenberry claims he’s already there.

“We absolutely support standards, and accountability that include conflicts of interest, transparency, financial reporting, all of that,” said Dan Quisenberry, President, Charter School Association.

But the democratic candidate for governor calls for more scrutiny of the charter school system including a ban on companies who make a profit off the charter school kids.

Mr. Quisenberry says the disclosure is there, but not all schools participate. He blames the Detroit Free Press for allegedly leaving that angle out of the story.

He was asked if the media can get this data.

Reporter: “We can go to them and say, where did all that money go?”

Quisenberry: “Anything that’s spent appropriately at that school is public information.”

Reporter: “Is that going on now?”

Quisenberry: “Absolutely, it is.”

Reporter: “Why the charge then that the information is being withheld?”

Quisenberry: “It leaves us scratching our heads because that’s the kind of stuff that Jennifer decided to leave out. It was provided to her."

The governor says he is willing to review accountability standards for charter and public schools as for the issue of for-profit companies earning money.

“I think that can be part of the discussion in terms of looking at what those accountability standards should be. I wouldn't have a conclusion on that, but that’s a fair point that should be discussed.”

And what about the release of public information, raising standards and the like?

“What I think is useful is to have a discussion about increased accountability, better metrics and measures for all schools, traditional public and charter schools.”

Mr Quisenberry gave the charter schools a ‘b’ for their performance to date.

The Detroit Free Press responded to the news outlet, MIRS, saying they stand by the reports.
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