Charter schools should operate with elected boards, says Detroit school board

December 12, 2018

The Detroit school board is asking state education officials to support letting only institutions with elected boards to authorize charter schools in Michigan. Their resolution noted that the Detroit Public Schools Community District is among the state’s 10 active charter school authorizers and the only one governed by an elected board.

The Detroit school board is asking state education officials to support letting only institutions with elected boards to authorize charter schools in Michigan.

The group unanimously approved a resolution during a meeting Tuesday night that calls for the state to “limit the authorization of public school academies to institutions with independently elected boards of regents, trustees, governors or members.”

The document noted that the Detroit Public Schools Community District is among the state’s 10 active charter school authorizers and the only one governed by an elected board. Meanwhile, “the Non-Elected Charter Authorizers make decisions that impact local communities without accountability to voters,” the resolution says. “…Because public dollars are used to support charter schools — voters should have a vote in how such funds are spent and when charter schools are opened/closed.”