State Superintendent Meets With Charter Authorizers

Jul 28, 2014

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction met behind closed doors Monday with some of Michigan’s largest charter school authorizers.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, the meeting was intended to review the rules that are supposed to ensure charter academies are doing what they’re supposed to do.

It’s the first of two meetings this week with the entities that are supposed to hold charter schools accountable. There are very few details about what happened at this private gathering with representatives of universities, community colleges, and other charter authorizers. 

A Wednesday public hearing will give advocates an opportunity to defend charters.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he intends to keep a closer eye on charters following a Detroit Free Press series. It found mixed results and a lot of secrecy surrounding charters’ operations. Flanagan says he has the ability to pull an authorizers’ authority to sponsor charter academies, and he’ll use it where schools are falling short.