GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Valley State University will authorize five new charter public schools by next fall, according to WOOD-TV. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation removing cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state.

Opponents of the new legislation had raised concerns about accountability and oversight, according to WOOD-TV. But GVSU charter schools director Tim Wood told the station that the role of the university as authorizer is to “provide that check and balance to make sure that they are operating appropriately, that they're fiscally sound, that they have good governance and academically, they're outperforming their host districts.”

GVSU has shut down 13 charter public schools since 1995, WOOD-TV reported.

SOURCE:

WOOD-TV, “GVSU plans to OK 5 new charter schools,” Dec. 21, 2011

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Measuring Charter Public School Performance,” July 8, 2011

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