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2009 Senate Bill 925: Authorize charter school expansion
  1. Introduced by Sen. Samuel B. Thomas, III (D) on October 20, 2009, to authorize the establishment of “schools of excellence,” which would be charter schools authorized by either a local school district, Intermediate School District, a local community college or a state university. Existing charter operators in Michigan or other states that for three years have been given the state's highest designation would not be subject to existing state caps; up to 25 new or other schools (without a three year top score) could be authorized. See also Senate Bill 926, which would authorize "transition" payments to conventional school districts.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on October 20, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 2, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 2, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that would also authorize three statewide "cyberschools" to provide full-time instruction to pupils through online learning or other technology, be open to all pupils in the State, and offer all grades K to 12. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 2, 2009.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on December 2, 2009, to strip out a "cyber-school" provision waiving state statutes and regulations that otherwise would require students' physical presence in the classroom (and so essentially prohibit this type of remote-learning school). The amendment failed 14 to 22 in the Senate on December 2, 2009.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 23 to 13 in the Senate on December 2, 2009, to authorize the establishment of “schools of excellence,” which would be charter schools authorized by either a local school district, Intermediate School District, a local community college or a state university. Existing charter operators in Michigan or other states that for three years have been given the state's highest designation would not be subject to existing state caps; up to 25 new or other schools (without a three year top score) could be authorized, of which three would be statewide "cyber-schools".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 2, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on December 2, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on December 10, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on January 21, 2010.

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