- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Education has decided to keep the status of 11 of the state’s charter school authorizers at-risk of possible suspension.

Officials say Friday that state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan will withhold making any immediate decisions on the issue.

Flanagan placed the authorizers in at-risk of suspension status in August and gave them until Oct. 22 to fix performance, transparency and oversight deficiencies.

He says Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to announce reforms in January for traditional public schools and charters. Flanagan says in a release that he would like to see what Snyder “proposes before moving forward” on his own authority.

Michigan law gives the state superintendent power to suspend a charter school authorizer for not engaging in appropriate continuing oversight of one or more schools operating under a contract with them.

The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers has proposed establishing a voluntary accreditation system. It would create a commission to evaluate charter authorizers in nine categories and recommend suspension for those deemed to be not accredited.

The council represents 10 of the 40 charter school authorizers.

Flanagan says he strongly supports the accreditation system the authorizers have been developing for themselves.


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