Michigan Senate advances charter measure

The Michigan Senate approved a plan that would expand the number of charter schools in the state and lift the current cap on charters sponsored by universities. But the effort had no bipartisan support. The bill passed along a 20-18 party-line vote in the Republican controlled senate. It now heads to the House.

The proposal was among the more closely watched education initiatives in Michigan. Another includes Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to enhance cross-district enrollment in the state by requiring school districts to accept students living outside their boundaries as long as there are open seats. It is opposed by the Michigan Association of School Boards and several wealthier districts bordering the Detroit school system.