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2011 Senate Bill 619: Repeal restrictions on public “cyber schools”

Public Act 129 of 2012

Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on September 7, 2011 To eliminate a cap on the number of online public “cyber schools,” and also eliminate a cap on the number of students that can be enrolled in a cyber school. The bill would also reduce restrictions on entities contracted to run a cyber school, and more.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on September 7, 2011
Reported in the Senate on October 6, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 27, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on October 27, 2011 To require cyber schools to post on their websites copies of contracts with the school's education management company, with other vendors, plus any leases and deeds.
The amendment failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on October 27, 2011 To only pay internet-based public cyber-schools half the amount of state school aid for each student who attends.
The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Substitute offered by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on October 27, 2011 To increase the cap on cyberschool enrollment to 3,000 students, rather than eliminating it. Reportedly there is currently a waiting list of 4,500 students who wish to attend.
The substitute failed 15 to 23 in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 27, 2011 To mandate that internet-based public "cyber-schools" have the same teacher-to-student ratio as the state average for conventional public schools.
The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 27, 2011 To require a fiscal audit be performed on the state Department of Education, and on all deposits to and spending from the state school aid fund.
The amendment failed 14 to 24 in the Senate on October 27, 2011
Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on October 27, 2011 To eliminate a cap of two on the number of online public “cyber schools,” and also eliminate a cap of 1,000 on the total number of students that can be enrolled in all state cyber schools. The bill would also reduce restrictions on entities contracted to run a cyber school, repeal a mandate that every cyber school operate all grades from K to 12, and more.
Received in the House on October 27, 2011
Referred to the House Education Committee on October 27, 2011
Reported in the House on February 8, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on April 26, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that authorizes a much smaller expansion of online learning.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered in the House on April 26, 2012 To mandate that public cyber schools (but not other public schools) post online annual expense details, including spending on “textbooks, instructional material, and supplies, including electronic instructional material; computer and other electronic equipment; internet access; (and) salaries and benefits for employees”.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To only allow students who were previously enrolled in a public school to enroll in an online charter.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To prohibit cyber schools from hiring a professional managemnent company to operate the school, and only allow nonprofit entities to manage a cyber school.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To impose additional restrictions and performance thresholds on charter cyber school operators.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To impose additional procedural obstacles to authorizing new charter cyber schools.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To require a cyber-school employee be physcally present whenever a student takes a test or perform a written assignment.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To require cyber school operators to have experience serving "urban and at-risk student populations".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To require the Department of Education to submit a report to the legislature on the cost per student enrolled in cyber schools.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on April 26, 2012 To establish that the bill go into effect on March 30, 2013.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on April 26, 2012 To restrict the number of students who will be allowed to take advantage of online cyber school learning opportunities.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Rogers (R) on April 26, 2012 To require detailed expense reports from cyber school operators on textbooks, instructional materials including electronic ones; computer and other electronic equipment; internet access; (and) salaries and benefits for employees; travel costs; facility expenses; special education costs and more. Also, to require the Department of Education to prepare a report a report on the costs of Michigan cyber schools compared to ones in other states.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Callton (R) on April 26, 2012 To require online charter cyber schools to provide each student with a computer and subsidize the cost of internet access.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on April 26, 2012 To allow regular and intermediate school districts, and community colleges, to charter online cyber schools that accept students from anywhere in the state.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Holly Hughes (R) on April 26, 2012 To require online charter cyber schools to submit student enrollment numbers to the state on a monthly basis.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Amendment offered by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on April 26, 2012 To require online charter cyberschools to give new students and parents an orientation.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Passed 56 to 54 in the House on April 26, 2012 To gradually increase the number of Michigan students who may take advantage of online public “cyber schools.” Under current law, this is limited to just two online charter schools and 1,000 students statewide. The bill would increase this to 15 schools and not more than 2 percent of the state's public school students, subject to various additional restrictions. It would also allow community colleges, school districts and intermediate school districts to create online charter schools serving students anywhere in the state.
Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on May 1, 2012 To give immediate effect. A two-thirds majority is needed.
The motion passed 57 to 52 in the House on May 1, 2012
Received in the Senate on May 2, 2012
Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on May 2, 2012 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which authorizes a much more limited expansion of online learning opportunities.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 15, 2012

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