Failing MI charter schools more likely to get shut down than conventional schools


By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

There are 51 schools that have been in the bottom 5 percent of the Michigan Department of Education’s Top-to-Bottom rankings three years in a row. Of those 51 schools, four were charter public schools and three of those four were closed.

Meanwhile, the conventional public schools on the list remain open.

“Charter schools have traditionally been the only public schools that have been held accountable for their performance,” said Michigan Association of Public School Academies President Dan Quisenberry. “If they fail their students, they’re closed down. That’s never happened with a traditional public school, ever. What we need is this same level of accountability for all schools — charter or traditional.”

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