House panel backs bill to raise cap on charter schools

LANSING (MCT) — The House Education Committee Wednesday approved controversial legislation that would open the door for more charter schools in Michigan by lifting the cap on the number of charter schools universities could authorize.

The bill — Senate Bill 618 — now moves to the full House for consideration. The Senate narrowly approved the bill in early October.

Current rules limit universities to authorizing 150 charter schools. In addition to deleting that rule, the bill would allow one charter school board to operate schools in multiple sites and deletes rules that require charter schools authorized by a school district to comply with the district’s union contracts.

Michigan currently has about 250 charter schools.

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