Senate panel backs lifting cap on Michigan charter schools
It's great to see this in Michigan:
A bill that would lift the cap on opening charter schools in Michigan – allowing for an unlimited number of charters to open – was approved this afternoon by the Senate Education Committee.
The bill is part of a seven-bill package – dubbed the Parent Empowerment Education Reform legislation – that has been debate in the committee the last several weeks.
Among the things the bill would do:
• Universities would no longer be limited to authorizing a maximum of 150 charter schools
• Community colleges could authorize charter schools outside their geographic boundaries
• Charter schools could be located in school districts with a graduation rate of 75% for the last three school years
• Charter schools would be exempt from property taxes
• Charter schools would no longer have to comply with a school district's collective bargaining agreement