The Michigan State Board of Education, a group that typically speaks with a unified voice, proved unable to reach a consensus on how the state legislature should advance with a package of bills that would allow an unlimited number of charter schools in the state, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The proposed legislation will eliminate a cap on the number of charter schools, give parents and teachers the option to convert failing schools to charters and expand open enrollment statewide, according to the Free Press.
The board split down the middle when voting on the language of a letter of recommendations to send to state lawmakers. The letter included suggestions that charter operators have a proven record of success and pushed for greater transparency for charter schools, the newspaper reports.
Department of Education officials must now decide what kind of feedback to give to the state legislature about the bills, a role usually reserved for the board.