Patrick Center August 11, 2014 | WGVU Eleven charter school authorizers rank in the bottom 10 percent academically. To end up there, the Michigan Department of Education listed three areas of deficiency including transparency, accountability and fiscal governance.
Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, says Grand Valley State University had the following oversight issues: one or more Public School Academies submitted a 2013 audit late, one or more had a budget deficit and one or more of the schools failed to meet transparency requirements.When it comes to specifics, the Superintendent provided none.
“We’re anxiously awaiting an opportunity to work with the Michigan Department of Ed to find out exactly what it is that they would like us to do differently and whatever it is that’s what we’re going to do.”
Tim Wood is Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools at Grand Valley State University. GVSU is the authorizer of 62 charter schools most in Detroit. Wood is aware of two schools that are struggling; the statewide Michigan Virtual Charter Academy as well as the Cornerstone School in Detroit.
“They’re struggling and we’re assisting them, the remainder of our schools are functioning at a very high level.”
Last year, a study by Michigan State University concluded Grand Valley State University was the top rated charter school authorizer.
Authorizers at risk of suspension have until Oct. 22 to remediate their deficiencies. Flanagan will decide in November whether to suspend them.
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