2009 Senate Bill 981

House Roll Call 624: Passed

To establish a process by which certain failed public schools could be converted into charter schools, but only if the charter manager meets very retrictive conditions the bill would impose, and only in 37 school districts where graduation rates are currently below 60 percent. The bill would also require school districts to adopt some form of merit pay; eliminate the current Algebra II high school graduation requirement; increase the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18; mandate the certification of school administrators; and more. Most (but not all) of these are measures intended to make Michigan eligible for federal "Race to the Top" grants.

78 Yeas / 28 Nays
Democrat (57 Yeas / 6 Nays)
Republican (21 Yeas / 22 Nays)
Excused or Not Voting (4)