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Poll shows public wants more transparency from Charter Schools


LANSING (WKZO) – A new poll shows nearly three out of four Michigan voters want the state to put a moratorium on new charter schools until a full review of the system has been completed. EPIC-MRA found 73-percent favor putting a hold on the schools.

84% of those polled say that charter school should have to meet the same state standards that public schools are required to meet, and 82% say they think that if they are going to use taxpayers dollars, that they should fully reveal how they spend those dollars.   

It follows a series of articles in the Detroit Free Press that showed that the Charter Schools have few of the rules requiring transparency, accountability or teacher qualifications that public schools do, and yet they are also getting the same state funding.

The reporters found that some of the worst performing Charters had been in business 10-years or more and that Charters did no better and sometimes worse at teaching kids from impoverished towns.

It also follows a 2013 audit by the Michigan Department of Education that has put eleven of the 40 charter authorizers on an at-risk list.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is waiting for responses from the eleven cited, on why they shouldn't be suspended from opening new schools until they fix or close the failing schools they have.