- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s superintendent will meet with charter school backers as he works to hold institutions accountable for schools they authorize.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1mdodKT ) state Superintendent Mike Flanagan emailed meeting invitations Friday to officials at universities, community colleges and school districts that authorize more than three charter schools. A similar invitation was sent to charter advocacy groups for a separate meeting this month.

Flanagan said earlier this month he intends to start banning poor-performing authorizers from granting new charters.

He said in his email to school officials he intends to “establish rigorous principles for measuring transparency, academic and financial practices for charter authorizers, and to conduct a thorough review of each authorizer.”

In a recent series of stories documenting the state of Michigan’s charter schools, the Free Press found charters receive nearly $1 billion annually from taxpayers and there is often little oversight of how the money is spent.

The series also found mixed academic performance in charter schools.

Meeting attendees will discuss Flanagan’s proposed procedures for increasing accountability of charter school performance and suspending authorizers. Representatives from Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State universities tell the Free Press they will attend.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com


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