Introduced by Rep. Tim Melton (D) on June 14, 2007, to prohibit a school district from operating a school or educational program outside its boundaries unless it receives written permission from the board of the school district in which the school or program is located. Note: The bill does not explicitly exclude charter schools from its provisions.
Referred to the House Education Committee on June 14, 2007.
Reported in the House on June 19, 2007, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on June 27, 2007, to not make the bill retroactive, so that existing school programs located outside a district would not have to close their doors, but only new ones would be prohibited from opening. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 27, 2007.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on July 17, 2007.
1) Not sure about this by Anonymous Citizen on October 22, 2007 I'm really not sure about this bill andn would need to learn more. HOWEVER, I am strongly against students being Smart-bussed into the Oakland County or Macomb County or whatever district school system. If you don't pay taxes in the district or the school system and you don't live there, you shouldn't force your kidson our neighborhoods. I have tons of kids that I see every day that are getting off the Smart bus in Madison Heights. They don't belong there. They don't pay the local taxes which are exhorbitant. I don't think it's fair. If the schools in your area are bad or rundown, fix them up.
2) I am not in favor of this legislation. by Anonymous Citizen on June 28, 2007 Why tie the hands of good programs? Why should urban districts be punished for traveling to district run camps, etc.? Seems like a waste of time. Seems to discriminate.
3) Legislation could harm special needs children by Anonymous Citizen on June 19, 2007 Dear Mr. Melton: I hope that your legislation would not include special needs children like my son. My son is autistic and a resident of the Pontiac School District. The Pontiac School District is completely incapable of providing him with the necessary services. He is, therefore, attending school in Birmingham with a number of other children both from Birmingham and surrounding districts who are also autistic. It is not cost effective for every school district to have their own autism program. I hope your legislation will not keep districts from pooling their resources to assist special needs students. My son is receiving an excellent education and it would be very disappointing if your legislation hurt his future.