The Michigan House has the opportunity to bring SB 619 back up again for reconsideration, where a simple majority can trigger a “do-over” vote on a previously-passed bill. If the reconsideration vote passes, we have a second shot to defeat SB 619 and protect Michigan public schools.
The bill, strongly pushed by the ALEC member corporation K12, Inc., would lift the cap on the expansion of for-profit online charter schools in Michigan. Not only would this siphon $7.2 billion from funding for our kids’ public schools, but it would provide an inferior education; studies of cyber schools in Pennsylvania and Colorado definitively show they are below par.
SB 619 is not about providing a better education for our kids. It’s about padding the profit margin of unaccountable for-profit education companies like K12, Inc. with our taxpayer dollars.
State Representative Dale Zorn (R-Ida Township), told me and many of his constituents that he was a “no” vote on SB 619. However, when the day of the vote came, Zorn cast the deciding “yes” vote to back the bill. Why the change? Governor Rick Snyder reached out to him at the last minute and cut a deal.
It’s typical of what we’ve come to expect from some of our politicians in Lansing, where all too often backroom deals and corporate cash trump the voices of working families. But we’re hoping that given another chance, Rep. Zorn will do the right thing and protect our kids’ public schools from unaccountable corporate encroachment.
Call Rep. Zorn’s office today using our call tool, or just dial (517) 373-2617. Tell him to vote YES on reconsideration, and then NO on SB 619. You can also sign our petition to the Michigan legislature and Gov. Snyder.
We don’t often get second chances to do the right thing, but Rep. Zorn has that chance. Call him today.