Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter authorizers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced today he is “giving notice” to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he “will be exercising his statutory authority” to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

Flanagan said a recent Detroit Free Press special report on charter schools led him to make the decision.

“This series of news articles has prompted me to think differently about whether to suspend an authorizer’s ability to open new charter schools,” Flanagan said in a press release. “It’s my authority in state law and I will be using it.

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