Introduced by Rep. Brian Palmer (R) on January 27, 2005, to eliminate the 150-school cap on the number of charter schools (public school academies) that can be authorized by universities, and impose new regulations and disclosure requirements on charter schools and on the education management companies with which they may contract. The bill would also allow a community college (including Bay Mills Community College) to charter public school academies in Detroit, and allow charter school enrollment priorities in limited circumstances. It contains other provisions related to certain labor agreements and borrowing by charter schools, and a requirement that if the school ceases operations all its assets but none of its liabilities revert to the state. Finally, the bill leaves intact the ability of Bay Mills Community College to create an unlimited number of charters. Bay Mills technically serves Indian students across the state, so can establish charters anywhere in the state (except Detroit).
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 27, 2005.