Gov. Snyder Signs Education Bills

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation to increase the number of cyber charter schools and opened up eligibility for dual enrollment programs.

Senate Bill 619 lifts the cap on the number of cyber charter schools, and sets an enrollment limit of two percent of student population. It also removes the requirement of cyber school students having been previously enrolled in a public school.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, an applicant for a cyber school contract must demonstrate experience delivering a quality education program that improves student academic achievement, and offer any configuration of grades K-12 or all of those grades. Students will be issued a computing device and the school will be responsible for subsidizing the cost of Internet access.

Also signed as part of the package were:

Senate Bill 621 which removes restrictions preventing public schools from receiving state aid funds to reimburse costs spent on home and private schooled students who take classes at the public school.

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