This surprised me, because the original Michigan Charter school law required the schools to be run by not-for-profit organisations.80% of Michigan Charter Schools are For-ProfitsFour out of five charter schools in Michigan are run by for-profit corporations. Let that sink in a minute. This should be deeply, deeply troubling for anyone thinking about their child’s future education, or the future of this country.We’ve had years to examine for-profit education results at the higher education level. Companies like University of Phoenix and others cost taxpayers money, provide subpar education, serve as diploma mills, and prey on students who may never be able to pay back the tens of thousands of dollars in student loans they take on.http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/09/29/80-of-michig...I found that while I was looking for this:Bills could change way struggling Michigan schools are runMore Details: The EAA bills Proposed legislation would establish the state school reform district, the Education Achievement Authority, as a legal entity that would report to the governor. The bills would:• Allow the EAA to automatically take control of schools that perform in the bottom 5% for three consecutive years.• Cancel bargaining agreements and pension participation for employees in schools that transfer to the EAA.• Allow the EAA chancellor to terminate or modify contracts.• Allow the chancellor to appoint a CEO to operate an EAA school with full autonomy.• Require districts that are run by an emergency financial manager to “hotel” its buildings, making them available for use by multiple educational and community organizations.• Require all districts statewide to maintain closed, unused or unoccupied buildings and provide the Michigan Department of Education with an inventory by Aug. 31 each year.• Stipulate that a district lease or sell an unused building to an educational institution for fair market value.• Require the EAA to maintain a searchable website with financial data updated at least monthly.The New Forms of Schools bill The bill would create nine new kinds of public schools that are:• Employer-supported• Cultural-institution affiliated• Municipal-run• Residential• Single-gender• International-culture based• Globally competitive (highly selective)• University-run• Onlinehttp://www.freep.com/article/20121124/NEWS01/311240099/Bills...Giving the the Governor's tool sole authority to take over schools by dictate, and unilaterally cancel legal, binding contracts, is something I have a problem with. And opening the door to on line "schools" like some of the fake "universities" that have been in the news, and giving these outfits state funding is another problem.Steve
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