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Nearly A Dozen Charter School Authorizers Face Suspension

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is putting 11 of Michigan's 40 charter school authorizers on notice of possible suspension.

Two mid-Michigan charter schools, Connections Academy in Okemos and Windemere Park Charter Academy in Lansing Twp. were authorizes entities on that list. Windemere Park was chartered by Grand Valley State University and Connections Academy is chartered by Ferris State University.

If suspended, the public universities, community colleges and school districts couldn't open more charter schools. Their current schools could stay open.

Flanagan said Monday the authorizers are deficient in transparency, accountability and fiscal governance. Their schools as a whole rank in the bottom 10 percent academically.

Authorizers at risk of suspension have until Oct. 22 to remediate their deficiencies. Flanagan will decide in November whether to suspend them.

Authorizers at risk are Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Kellogg Community College and school districts in Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights. The state-run Education Achievement Authority and Macomb Intermediate School District also are in jeopardy.

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