Charter schools misunderstood, have much to offer Michigan families

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Free Press recently ran a series of articles on Michigan’s charter schools, which were described as “unregulated” and “unaccountable.”

Several colleagues on the state Board of Education have expressed these sentiments for some years now, and have stated that authorizers of charter schools should be regulated and that only management companies “with a record of success” should be allowed to run a school in Michigan.

I have a different perspective.

Charter schools are subject to the same regulations as all other public schools. They must comply with the regulations of the Michigan Department of Education regarding buildings, pupil count, the Michigan Merit Curriculum, teacher certification, special education, etc. They may not choose their students and must accept all applicants, utilizing a lottery if more apply than seats available.

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