Charter school advocate rips Detroit Free Press investigation

School Cafeteria The head of Michigan’s largest charter school advocacy group is criticizing a recent investigation by the Detroit Free Press. The reports found problems with transparency and academic results in charters.

Dan Quisenberry is the president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. The group represents about 90% of charter schools in Michigan.

Quisenberry says he and others gave the newspaper information supporting their claim that most charters are providing quality alternatives to traditional public schools.

He appeared on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record.

“I’m telling you, the Free Press didn’t report the information they had.”

Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger says the paper always looks at “relevant and credible” information – and stands by the investigation.