A new study shows Michigan is among 10 states in which charter school performance has outpaced traditional public school growth in both math and reading.
Thirty-two new charter schools that meet “very specific educational needs” are scheduled to open in Michigan this fall.
Thousands of laid-off Michigan public school teachers don’t know if they will have jobs waiting for them when classes resume this fall in their state-run districts.
While some decisions on openings and closings have yet to be made, it appears that Michigan’s overall number of charter schools will grow by roughly 20 or fewer next fall – adding to the 255 now operating in the state.
A recent report found that the expansion of charter schools has led to classrooms being more segregated today than they were 30 years ago.
The Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees approved the purchase of an office building in Detroit that will house offices and support space for the university’s Charter School Office. The board also approved the construction of a new field research building that will serve the needs of the university’s Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.
The bill would raise the cap on the number of cyber charter schools allowed in the state, which is now set at two.
The limit on how many charter schools can be opened in Michigan would be gradually lifted and end in 2015 under the new legislation.
The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill that will allow more charter schools in the state, but not everyone is happy about it.
The debate continues in Lansing over whether to raise the number of Michigan charter schools.