FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 9, 2023
Michigan Alliance for School Opportunity reacts to Let MI Kids Learn withdrawing petition
LANSING, Mich. – Peter Spadafore, executive director of the Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity (The Alliance), issued the following statement after learning that Let MI Kids Learn withdrew its petition initiative from the Department of State’s Bureau of Elections:
“We are pleased to see the latest DeVos-backed voucher scheme withdrawn from the review process, scrapping what would have been a disastrous education plan for Michigan’s schools and students. Supporters of this ill-conceived ballot initiative confirmed what we knew all along, which was that Michigan voters would have rejected the proposal if it was on the ballot. This was purely a political campaign to have the legislature circumvent the will of the voters and enact an inequitable voucher system.
“Thankfully, the hundreds of millions of dollars that this would’ve cost the school aid fund can continue to be used in public classrooms with better results. We look forward to working with the legislature and governor to ensure our schools have the resources necessary to help our students and teachers achieve academic success in the years to come. With continued strong investments in our public school system, we can achieve the educational outcomes Michigan students deserve and that voters have called for.”
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The Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity, formerly the Middle Cities Education Association, works to build an equitable foundation for education, where every student in Michigan, regardless of circumstance, is equipped to succeed after graduation.