State May Need New Charter School Rules

Aug 15, 2014

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Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flanagan has threatened to pull the authority of some organizations sponsoring charter schools. But the Gongwer News Service reports that Richard McLellan, an attorney who drafted the state’s charter school law, says Flanagan will have to come up with suspension rules before he pulls the plug on any authorizing agency. McLellan says the process must allow appeals, including court challenges.

Flanagan said earlier this week that universities and other groups sponsoring charter schools need to make changes to deal with poor student performance and a lack of transparency.

Organizations on the state’s target list include those authorizing four of the six charter schools in Kalamazoo County.