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State Superintendent Removes Seven Charter Authorizers From At-Risk Status

March 25, 2015

LANSING – State Superintendent Mike Flanagan notified the leaders of seven charter school authorizers today that they have been taken off At-Risk of Suspension status.

“These seven charter authorizers have made sufficient improvements to key factors of oversight that I set forth last fall and I have taken them off the At-Risk of Suspension status,” Flanagan said.

The seven charter school authorizers taken off At-Risk of Suspension status are:

  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kellogg Community College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Muskegon Heights Public Schools
  • Northern Michigan University 

“I am greatly encouraged by the progress made by these authorizers and the forthright efforts to improve the oversight and academic outcomes of their charter school portfolios,” Flanagan said. 

Michigan law gives the State Superintendent the responsibility to determine whether a charter school authorizer is not engaging in appropriate continuing oversight of its charter schools, and revoke future charter capability of an authorizer if the Superintendent deems it is not performing in such a manner.

Last August, Flanagan placed the 11 authorizers At-Risk of Suspension and directed leadership staff at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to meet with the 40 charter school authorizers on a comprehensive accreditation system. The group met three times over the past several months to discuss authorizer accreditation issues.

The four remaining At-Risk authorizers (Detroit Public Schools; Education Achievement Authority; Highland Park Schools; and Eastern Michigan University) will continue to receive focused technical assistance from the MDE to improve the authorizers’ administrative and academic issues.

Those four authorizers will remain At-Risk of Suspension, according to Flanagan, because he will not consider suspending them at a time when a new State Superintendent has been named by the State Board of Education and begins in July; and Governor Rick Snyder is in the process of developing a larger strategy for urban education reform that will consider recommendations from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, expected to be released soon.

“I look forward to working with the Governor on the bigger strategy,” Flanagan said, “to bring cohesiveness and quality to the education options for Detroit families and provide high quality schools for all kids.”