Universities face charter school suspension
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is putting 11 of Michigan's 40 charter school authorizers on notice for possible suspension, including a pair of universities in the region.
If suspended, the public universities, community colleges and school districts couldn't open more charter schools. Their current schools could stay open.
Flanagan said today the authorizers are deficient in transparency, accountability and fiscal governance.
Their schools as a whole rank in the bottom 10 percent academically.
Authorizers at risk of suspension have until Oct. 22 to remediate their deficiencies. Flanagan will decide in November whether to suspend them.
Authorizers at risk are Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Kellogg Community College, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and school districts in Muskegon Heights, Detroit and Highland Park. The state-run Education Achievement Authority and Macomb Intermediate School District also are in jeopardy.