The Michigan Senate last week passed a bill allowing the lowest-performing 5% of schools to leave their districts and be converted to so-called conversion schools, including charters.
The Republican-led Senate passed the measure 20-18, with Democrats opposed because the new schools would not be subject to district labor agreements.
At least 60% of the school’s teachers and 51% of parents would be required to sign a petition to convert the school into one of five models. Without teacher support, the schools could convert if 60% of parents agree.
The Republican-led House will vote on the legislation next.