Number of Michigan charter public schools continues to grow

DETROIT – This school year, 31 new public charter schools have opened in Michigan, reports the Detroit Free Press. That’s the most charter school openings in single year since the 1990s, the Free Press reports.

According to the Free Press, the primary reason for the increase is a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder that effectively lifted the cap on charter public schools that can be authorized by universities.
Several charter public schools also closed this year, according to the Free Press. Approximately 10 schools were closed by the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the Free Press reported, with six closing mainly for academic reasons.
SOURCE: The Detroit Free Press, “Michigan has more charter schools than ever but what’s the smartest choice," Sept. 9, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, "Michigan Charter Schools Closing While Failing Conventional Schools Stay Open," Aug. 9, 2012