FACT CHECK: MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS PUT SPECIAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS
- Michigan Democrats were shamed into deleting a Facebook post where they argued that parents should not be playing a role in their children’s education.
- Whitmer is an adamant opponent of school-choice.
- In March 2017, Whitmer said one of her first priorities as Governor would be to “put some accountability into charter schools.”
- Whitmer campaigned on adding burdensome regulations on charter schools such as forbidding charter schools to contract with for-profit management companies – a policy blasted by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies as “playing politics” with our children.
- Whitmer threatened to “financially punish” government local government that do not close poor-performing charter schools.
- In 2019, Whitmer line-item vetoed a $35 million funding increase for charter schools that was being granted to non-charter public schools.
- In 2019, Whitmer vetoed funding for a $2,400 tuition grant program which provided $2,400 in scholarships for students to attend one of about 30 private colleges in the state.
- The Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIIAP) called for schools to reopen for in-person instruction warning that the achievement gap for poor students would only worsen.
- Whitmer wanted to knock doors for Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor before being shamed into backing out.
- Terry McAuliffe called Virginia parents “racist” and that they “should not be telling schools what they should teach.”
- Terry McAuliffe campaigned with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in the final days of his campaign who praised Attorney General Merrick Garland for politically-motivated attacks on parents after the National School Board Association wrote to them referring parents opposing Critical Race Theory as domestic terrorists.
- The Michigan Department of Education has not distanced themselves from the NSBA like dozens of other states’ boards did.