Target: Natasha Baker, Michigan State School Reform Officer
Goal: Protect as many of Michigan’s failing schools as possible by restructuring the state’s flawed public school infrastructure.
Thirty-eight of Michigan’s public schools are in danger of being closed down due to consistently low statewide performance rankings. Nearly two-thirds of these schools are located in Detroit, where another 25 schools are being targeted for closure next year. Teachers are fighting against the proposed closures and calling for a restructuring of Michigan’s broken public school system instead.
Closing these schools will not solve the public education crisis in Michigan, but it will displace students and burden their families. Sign this petition to demand that the state’s School Reform Office (SRO) work harder to find solutions for this ongoing problem instead of shutting down dozens of public schools.
Dear Ms. Baker,
You and the rest of Michigan’s School Reform Office probably know better than most people how deeply flawed the state’s public school system is. However, I do not believe that closing 38 public schools is the long-term solution to this problem. Closing these schools and replacing them with charter schools fails to address the underlying structural issues that cause these public schools to perform so poorly.
These schools need innovative budgeting solutions and a restructuring of standardized tests, which has set students up for failure in the past. These communities need to be heard. I urge you and the SRO to collaborate with Governor Snyder and Michigan’s public school teachers to save as many of these schools as possible from permanent closure.
[Your Name Here]
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