Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on June 6, 2012, to require a public school that is in the lowest-achieving 5 percent of schools statewide to be essentially converted into a charter school if 60 percent of the parents sign a petition requesting this, or 51 percent of the parents plus 60 percent of the teachers. Employees in the resulting "conversion school" would not be subject to the district's union contract or included in the state-run school pension system.
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The vote was 20 in favor, 18 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 440)
Authorize “parent trigger” charter school conversion
|Booher (R)||Brandenburg (R)||Casperson (R)||Colbeck (R)||Hildenbrand (R)|
|Hune (R)||Jansen (R)||Kahn (R)||Kowall (R)||Marleau (R)|
|Meekhof (R)||Moolenaar (R)||Nofs (R)||Pappageorge (R)||Pavlov (R)|
|Proos (R)||Richardville (R)||Robertson (R)||Schuitmaker (R)||Walker (R)|
|Anderson (D)||Bieda (D)||Gleason (D)||Gregory (D)||Hood (D)|
|Hopgood (D)||Hunter (D)||Johnson (D)||Smith (D)||Warren (D)|
|Whitmer (D)||Young (D)|
|Caswell (R)||Emmons (R)||Green (R)||Hansen (R)||Jones (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|n Anderson (D)||n Bieda (D)||Y Booher (R)||Y Brandenburg (R)||Y Casperson (R)|
|n Caswell (R)||Y Colbeck (R)||n Emmons (R)||n Gleason (D)||n Green (R)|
|n Gregory (D)||n Hansen (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)||n Hood (D)||n Hopgood (D)|
|Y Hune (R)||n Hunter (D)||Y Jansen (R)||n Johnson (D)||n Jones (R)|
|Y Kahn (R)||Y Kowall (R)||Y Marleau (R)||Y Meekhof (R)||Y Moolenaar (R)|
|Y Nofs (R)||Y Pappageorge (R)||Y Pavlov (R)||Y Proos (R)||Y Richardville (R)|
|Y Robertson (R)||n Rocca (R)||Y Schuitmaker (R)||n Smith (D)||Y Walker (R)|
|n Warren (D)||n Whitmer (D)||n Young (D)|
Senate Roll Call 440 on 2011 Senate Bill 620
Districts have budgets, debt, contracts, transporation, and neighborhood connections that make them districts. It is absurd to think that 51% of parents in any school could undue every other commitment to a school and community. This is why we have locally elected school boards. Please stop taking authority away from local school boards and communities.
I'm intrigued by this idea. I wonder what such a conversion would actually entail.