It looks like the final decision on Senate Bill 619 – the bill designed to remove all restrictions related to cyber charter schooling in the State of Michigan – may be coming this week. There was testimony on yesterday, with a couple of news items coming from that testimony:
- Critics say ‘cyber’ charter schools have not delivered results, but families call programs ‘a miracle’
- Advocates for online charter schools bill testify that legislation would provide more education choices
As most of you know, this is a piece of legislation I feel strong about and you can see those sentiments in these previous entries:
- Michigan – Senate Bill 619 (my testimony before the House Education Committee)
- More On Michigan Senate Bill 619
- Even More On Michigan Senate Bill 619
Last week I posted a follow-up entry on the bill (see More On Michigan Senate Bill 619). That second entry pointed to an article entitled “Cyber school cap could go: State Sen. Phil Pavlov supports lifting restriction,” and in particular the comments people had left.
Anyway, it appears that there will be another session of testimony this coming week sometime and then they’ll decide what they are going to do with the bill. As legislators get ready to decide what to do about this awful piece of legislation pushed by the neo-liberal and neo-conservative proponents of K-12 online learning, I wanted to share some more recent articles on the bill.
- State Board of Education says cap on cyber charters should be lifted only after review of existing schools, conditions from MLive.com
- Michigan gives green light for charter school expansion from World Socialist Web Site
- Michigan Education Association leaders say virtual charter schools are designed for profits, not students from MLive.com
Some more food for thought on the subject…