Detroit News: Plan for limited lifting of cap on charter schools is a good idea
Legislation that would lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in Michigan could help the state compete for tens of millions of federal dollars and should be approved as soon as possible, The Detroit News says in an editorial today.
Two bills introduced by Sen. Buzz Thomas, D-Detroit, would lift the state's cap on charter schools for operators with a proven track record.
The bills would let state school Supt. Mike Flanagan's office decide which charter operators meet the state's highest accreditation ranking and allow them to open more schools.
"Michigan has a chance to be the first state to adopt a smart cap on charter schools," the editorial says. "In a state increasingly known as an innovation stifler, embracing educational innovation would be a welcome change -- and help encourage the creation of good new schools."