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Charter School Millage Bill Heads To Governor Snyder's Desk

Jan 24, 2018

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Governor Rick Snyder can expect a controversial bill on his desk soon.  Lawmakers have passed legislation to send more money to charter schools. 


If the governor signs the bill, charter schools would qualify for new or renewed countywide tax millage dollars.  Historically, that money has only gone to traditional public schools.  

Jennifer Smith is with the Michigan Association of School Boards.  That organization is against the bills.  Smith says traditional public schools have costs charter schools don’t have. 

“We don’t feel it’s necessary for charter schools to be included in that when they don’t have some of those costs to offset.”

Supporters say charter schools have lots of expenses, too.  And the bill would ensure that all students – in all public schools – are treated equally.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org