MI school district, union join forces to try to ban charter schools

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Charter public schools in Michigan have been blamed by many in the media and by advocates for more school spending as part of the reason conventional public schools have problems.

Now, one district in the state is taking drastic action against the idea of school choice for students and parents, and its efforts may be breaking state law.

The Clintondale Community Schools district agreed with its teachers union to prohibit creating charter schools within the district. In a memo of understanding that extended the union contract into 2014, it states, “No Charter Schools.” The memo was approved June 13, 2012.

The Public Employment Relations Act 336 says it against state law to negotiate with unions about “the decision of whether or not to act as an authorizing body to grant a contract to organize and operate 1 or more public school academies under the revised school code, 1976 PA 451, MCL 380.1 to 380.1852.”

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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