Last month, I posted the testimony I gave to the House education committee on Michigan Senate Bill 619. About a week ago, I noted an article entitled “Cyber school cap could go: State Sen. Phil Pavlov supports lifting restriction“. What is most interesting are the comments that people have left. One comment that caught my attention read:
Senator Pavlov must have been mislead by the bill’s sponsor Senator Patrick Colbeck who I personally heard tell the House Education Committe that the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy “performs as well or better than most public schools”. Imagine my surprise when I checked this out and found that this cyber school had failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress during it’s single year of operation. Specifically they tested less than 80% of their students when the requirement is 95%. Given that this requirement is in place to prevent school from skewing their performance by “cherry picking” students to test, the state awarded them a score of 0% towards AYP. This means that Colbeck and Pavlov’s claims are totally false. Please see this letter, as required by law, that was sent home to the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy’s parents informing them of the school’s failure to meet AYP during the 2010 – 2011 school year.
The proposed law would lift all of the restrictions on cyber charter schools in Michigan. If this is the measure that needs to be met before we throw open the doors to allow for unlimited public education funds to go into the coffers of for profit companies, corporate executives, and company shareholders; doesn’t say much about the state of governance in the State of Michigan!