DETROIT-Detroit Public Schools is in search of private companies willing to take over 13 of the city's schools. The district has drafted a request for proposals from private firms. The Chief Executive Officer of the district, Kenneth Burnley, may select one or more firms to manage the schools. The contract could start as early as August.

When charter school legislation was passed in the early 1990s, this is what the Mackinac Center for Public Policy had envisioned: allowing whole portions of a district, if not the entire district, to convert to charter status.