Enrollment drop opens door for more charters in Detroit

July 21, 2009
With student count below 100,000, prohibition against more charters is lifted

From The Detroit Free Press: Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has issued an opinion that Detroit Public Schools is no longer a so-called first-class school district, giving the green light for more charter schools in the city. Cox released the opinion at the request of state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, who asked for clarification on whether he had to allow new charter schools if requested. The Detroit district lost the designation because enrollment is below 100,000 students. The designation had barred other entities from opening more charter schools in the city. Currently, 32 charter schools in the city compete with the school district for students and funding.

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