Mosaica's history repeats itself in Muskegon Heights
Caroline MacGregor April 30, 2014 | WGVU
the district agreed Saturday to part company - the operator says it will not
sue as it has done when ties with other district’s ended. But knowing its
history, why did Muskegon Heights choose Mosaica?
president of Michigan’s Board of Education
weighs in on the subject.
“Allegedly none of the charter operators with good records were interested or able to take over Muskegon Heights and so they ended up giving them to one that is questionable in their performance historically and now the chickens have come home to roost and we have another problem, another mess on our hands to clean up.”
and 2009 - eleven schools severed contracts with Mosaica - several of those
closing their doors. A study of Mosaica’s achievement scores by the American
Federation of Teachers Union accused the provider of inflating student scores
in self-evaluations. It also found Mosaica schools ranked below average at all
grade levels, with no evidence of improvement.
Muskegon Heights Emergency Manager Donald Weatherspoon knew Mosaica’s history, and
said he’d monitor its practices. But his brother, Greg Weatherspoon, who is the
current Emergency Manager for Muskegon Heights, said Saturday communication with
Mosaica has been a stumbling block. Neither brother has responded to requests
perspective, former Flint Emergency Manager Mike Brown says he has dealt with a
similar situation including a shrinking tax base which leaves few options.
“I don't care who you are, it just makes it a very difficult situation but I do think putting the right plan in place; engaging the community, are steps in the process; let's face it, there are communities around the country that are doing some pretty amazing things.”
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